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Rebel Beat

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The Goo Goo Dolls



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The first single from Goo Goo Dolls Magnetic album is a collaboration between frontman John Rzeznik and producer Gregg Wattenberg, built from a rhythm idea. "I was playing this great old guitar that had kind of a (Led) Zeppelin tone to it," Rzeznik recalled to Billboard magazine. "I started playing this real sort of basic kind of riff, and we just went form there and then started burbling out lyrics."
The lyrics were inspired by being in New York and walking around the Little Italy and Chinatown districts. "They had this street closed off and a huge party going on," Rzeznik recalled to Billboard. "I was thinking, 'I love this! I want to be part of this!' So basically it turned out to be a song about celebrating everything and (saying) no matter what, you've got to have fun. That's really it."
We asked John Rzeznik why he titled the album 'Magnetic'? He replied: "I got a phone call from my manager who said, 'You need a title for the album. Try to make it one word.' And that word just sort of rolled off my tongue. I was, like, Magnetic. And then we went back and tried to find 100 other names for it, and something just stuck with that name."
The Goo Goo Dolls Drummer Mike Malinin told Modern Drummer magazine about his percussion work on the track: "The song starts with a drum machine loop that continues through the verses, with an alternate loop in the choruses. So my part was dictated by the loops," he explained. "I tried to find a part that would work well without clashing. This caused the drum part to be a bit sparse. The loop generally dictates what is going on, except in the second verse, where the drums sort of take over. It was fun weaving in and out of the loops."
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