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Goo Goo Dolls have not run out of stuff to sing about yet

Iris hitmakers Goo Goo Dolls are still dizzying up the girl on Chaos In Bloom

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Three decades in and alternative pop-rockers the Goo Goo Dolls show no sign of running out of the arena-designed anthems with the neat choruses that sound best when howled back at them by the audience. 

They haven’t run out of stuff to sing about either. They let out their frustrations at being cooped up during the pandemic on the aptly titled Going Crazy. And they have trouble reconciling a system in which black lives scarcely matter while Elon Musk propels himself into space ‘in a giant penis’ in Let The Sun

Best is opener Yeah I Like You, in which they take a cool ‘What the fuck?’ attitude to internet celebrity culture where people can become famous for no discernible reason.

It’s all grist to the mill for their loyal fan base, some of whom may be wondering how as influencers their daughters are earning more than they are.

Hugh Fielder has been writing about music for 47 years. Actually 58 if you include the essay he wrote about the Rolling Stones in exchange for taking time off school to see them at the Ipswich Gaumont in 1964. He was news editor of Sounds magazine from 1975 to 1992 and editor of Tower Records Top magazine from 1992 to 2001. Since then he has been freelance. He has interviewed the great, the good and the not so good and written books about some of them. His favourite possession is a piece of columnar basalt he brought back from Iceland.