Their original name was The Sex Maggots. They changed it when a promoter refused to book them until they got rid of it. They got the name "Goo Goo Dolls" from an ad in True Detective magazine. Of the band's name, Johnny Rezenik said, "We had a gig that night and needed a name. It's the best we came up with, and for some reason it stuck. If I had five more minutes, I definitely would have picked a better name."
They released five albums before their fifth, A Boy Named Goo, became a hit in 1995. Their early albums did well on college radio and in their home town of Buffalo, New York.
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