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Sep 21, 2023Liked by Katie Wojciechowski

I JUST SAW THE GOO GOO DOLLS LIVE (sorry I’m screaming I am just so excited) for the first time ever and this was everything I needed to continue my deep-dive nerd-out of that band and that particular album. You’re doing great, sweetie! I would’ve published this in a heartbeat but what do I know I’m a 33 year old who just went to a goo goo dolls concert

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I love that song and have been known to play it on loop from time to time. Originally written as part of the soundtrack for City of Angels, which lends a million different layers of subtext to the lyrics... anyway...

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Aside from the fact that when I watched City of Angels I was sure I would never know pain like that again (I was wrong) "Iris" really soared as the "flagship" song of the soundtrack. I loved it then, still love it now. Thank you for a fun trip down memory lane. Need to listen to the album tomorrow.

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Buffalo's beloved Goo Goo Dolls! Thanks for this. Great work.

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Sep 21, 2023Liked by Katie Wojciechowski

You’re doing great

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one of my favourite genres of live music youtube clips is "it's raining but i am still gonna finish this song"

I genuinely can't believe it's been 25 years since this came out??? i think Iris only became relevant to me in 2006, where it became the soundtrack to my crush on a Canadian boy who smoked and listened to Alexisonfire. the intro to this song literally wants to make me throw up like i'm sixteen again and heading to a party where i know he'll be there.

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Sep 21, 2023Liked by Katie Wojciechowski

Never a huge fan of GGD's but enjoyed your reflections on the album and was curious enough to sample a bit upon completing. Thanks.

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I love this so much and can fully believe multiple outlets rejected it because multiple outlets SUCK! I'm so glad you published it your own damn self -- it inspired this week's issue of my newsletter! https://twobossydames.substack.com/p/everythings-wrong-well-its-all-right

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Once upon a time, "Iris" was the song my then-girlfriend and I picked to be "our song." It's funny because I'm not really sure if it's a love song or not. Certainly the opening lines give it that feel, but then the refrain and the music video make it seem like Rzeznik is a recluse spouting nonsensical nothings to an unrequited love interest he watches through a telescope on top of a tower (seriously, that music video confuses me).

Great writeup for a great album! "Dizzy Up The Girl" was one of a handful of albums that gained traction as a mainstream alternative to the boy-band/Britney/Christina/Spice Girls blitz of the late 90s, alt rock that didn't go too far into Limp Bizkit/Korn/Rage Against The Machine levels of thrash rock. Good, middle-of-the-road rock music everyone can enjoy, and it's still great 25 years later!

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IRIS IS A TIMELESS BANGER THANK YOU FOR BEING BRAVE ENOUGH TO SAY IT. This was a beautiful assessment of what makes it so and a good reminder that I should not only go listen to it again, but listen to the other songs on the album (ok maybe not the dumb ones) too.

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