On this album cut, Goo Goo Dolls bassist Robby Takac learns an important lesson in keeping the "ex" in ex-girlfriend. "I'd gotten out of the most sh--ty, bad relationship of my life, and I was amazed at how one phone call can erase every single f--king bad thing that had happened," he told Billboard. "All you want to do is start talking to the person again, and this is about the realization that that was absolutely the wrong thing to do."
Takac, who wrote and sang the tune, was the Goos' original lead vocalist on their first two albums until Johnny Rzeznik gained enough confidence in his own vocals to take over.
Takac explained his songwriting process to American Songwriter: "It entails jamming around on whatever instrument I am using at that minute, and when something sparks, the work begins. But without that flash of inspiration you would have nothing! You sit there and work at it and work at it until 'Poof!' it happens and then there you are and then you're like 'Wow! This is good!' or 'I'm not sure, but I'll know tomorrow when I'm sober.' Sober not from drugs or liquor, but from the fact that you know you've done something good!"
Gutterflower is the band's seventh studio album, which yielded the Rzeznik-led singles "Big Machine" and "Here Is Gone." Other tracks on the release written and sung by Takac include "You Never Know," "Smash," and "Up, Up, Up."
"Won't Get Fooled Again" by The Who is about a revolution, but it doesn't have a happy ending, since in the end the new regime becomes just like the old one. Pete Townshend thought that whoever was in power was destined to become corrupt.