So every “in the know” self-important metalhead rates this in their top ten. I agree. Not sure if it gets you kicked-out of the old school heavy metal club if you disagree.
Anyway, Riot really upped their game on this album. While the first two were good and had a unique sound, Fire Down Under was a crowning achievement. Everything about it, except the cover, was better by a long shot. When this came out American metal was at best underground and there was not much, if any, that was this good.
Guy Spirenza left after this album and the bluesy Rhett Forrester replaced him. While never reaching the greatness of Fire Down Under again Restless Breed and Born in America are damn fine records. This was also their last album with Capitol Records. If you want to hear what happens when a record company tells a band to be more commercial try to find the High Voltage version of the album. It contains demos for Capitol that hardly sound like the same band.
I have been accused of having questionable (bad) taste at times but I will argue with anyone about the greatness of the first 3 Goo Goo Dolls albums. They had that midwestern punk rock thing going on, like a heavy metal version of Soul Asylum or The Replacements. They were fun, juvenile and they rocked some damn fine songs. Sure after “Hold Me Up” it was a quick slide to shitsville, although I can listen to “Superstar Car Wash”, the rest is obviously better left alone.
Anyways, for some reason, your reluctant host, BJ invited me to talk about the Goo Goo Dolls on the otherwise fabulous Rock and/or Roll podcast. This was posted a while ago, forgive my delay.
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Not as exciting as “Deep Wound” but good none the less.
Here is “Deep Wound” if you missed it.
Track list for the new album “I Wasn’t Born to Lose You”
For a Day Like Tomorrow
Red Queen Arms Race
US Tour Dates
03-04 San Diego, CA – Casbah
03-05 Los Angeles, CA – Roxy Theatre
03-06 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
03-08 Seattle, WA – Neumo’s Crystal Ball
03-09 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
03-12 St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
03-13 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
03-14 Chicago, IL – TBA
03-15 Grand Rapids, MI – Pyramid Scheme
03-16 Cincinnati, OH – The Woodward Theater
03-17 St. Louis, MO – The Duck Room @ Blueberry
03-19 Dallas, TX – Club Dada
03-20-21 Austin, TX – SXSW
03-23 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
03-24 Durham, NC – Motorco
03-25 Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
03-27 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
03-28 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
03-29 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer