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"Yeah, that stupid hole in my chin. You could drive a golf ball off that thing. Or you get 'Hey, you're that dude in that band.' I'm like, 'No, but I know the dude you're talking about.'" - on his cleft chin, and being recognized in L.A.

"...She's brilliant, she really is. I'm not kissing her a*s, but she's brilliant, you know." -- John in refrence to Nancy Bardawil (director of many goo videos)

"If life hands you a lemon, throw it at someone."

"I think there's this conspiracy to make the world unbelievably stupid."

"Thats a weird one, it kinda gives me the creeps." ~ John on "Black Balloon"

"Note to self: do not try to out psycho a psycho"

"I get really turned off to people that are into you because of what they think you are. I'm a guy. I do what I do, I got a cool job, ya know? That doesn't make me any better than anybody else."

"Its kind of my catholic, teenage, sex angst anthem." -John on "Slide"

"It's about the music man! Playing dress up is fun and all that but what it all comes down to is you and a guitar. And if you cant do that you aint gonna be around very long." -John at the Grammy's

"Dear Punk Rock Dude, Eat a bag of S**t! Love John"

"Everyone's entitled to their wrong opinon."

"The most he could hurt are my feelings" --on being told that Rob Thomas said that he could take John in a barfight.

"What has three legs and an a*shole on top? A drum stool."

"You can't swim in the water without splashing someone, you know? And if you swim across a spot that's too warm, you know something's wrong."

"Fag-the teenage boy definition of fag is anything I don't understand or anyone I don't understand."

"You know you've made it when you have your own private stalker!"

"There are two things you gotta learn how to say in life, thank you, and fuck you!"

"There are people out there who are not gonna like what you do, but ultimately it doesn't matter. You have to love what you do, and whatever's outside your sphere of control you have to forget about. And that's just the way it is."

"Our music is saying that it's best to keep yourself more process-oriented than outcome-oriented...If you can somehow do things from the bottom of your soul, but not get hung up dwelling on them, then it's a good, unselfish feeling."

"When you get upset,just remember,it takes 42 muscles to frown and only 4 to stick up your middle finger."

"Here's the best girl drummer in rock. The prettiest girl I know...Mike Malinin....... I know he's handsome. Im just jealous of him ya know? Im totally jealous of him." ~John introducing Mike at a concert

"Yeah, absolutely. You have to. It's like the President voting for himself, y'know, it's good luck. We all walked into the Virgin Megastore in Times Square on the morning it came out and bought one." ~John on how he bought DUTG

"Playin the bass... is my wife, my husband... Robby." ~John introducing Robby at a concert

"He is, by far, the best musician in the band." ~ John on Mike

"Who? Me? I aint no sex symbol. Dude, I know nothin about that. I dont want that nonsense in my life. Whatever I dont feel like that."

"You gotta love what you do and believe in what you do, and if somebody doesn`t agree, fuck them"

"A lot of the punk bands paint themselves into a corner with a set of hard-and-fast rules that they can't stray from. So they can't grow, and they become obsolete very quickly. Only the Ramones can get away with making the same record seventeen times."

"I just want the Democrats out of my wallet and the Repulicans out of my bedroom!"

"Dan Quail tried to get tickets after the Straw Polls and we told him to get lost. I was like, 'Shoo! You came in eighth in Iowa bro, you ain't gettin' tickets to MY show!"

"Hold on. I have to adjust my headphones, they don't fit anymore." - Johnny, after a girl congatulated them on 6 incredible albums.

"Everything happens for a reason and if you, if you stand right where you are now, and you look down and back to everything to the events that lead up to you sitting in this room right now with me you'll see where the order is and where you are right now is pretty amazing.Where we all are, where I am right now is amazing." - John on Biorythm

'But it wasn't the time for it, man. It wasn't that time in music. I've written tons of hit songs, it's just nobody ever heard 'em!'

"Nancy, are you sure this isn't because you hate me?!" ~John referring to Nancy Bardawil having him soar over a pool in the 'Black Balloon' video.

"I, like Madonna, must reinvent myself with each new album!"

"You have no idea what it's like to get your ass kicked by four girls."

"I find myself being exactly who I am at the moment when I pickup a guitar. It's kind of comforting, because I can never sell out. I'm not talented enough to contrive something like that."

"I'm married, but I'm seperated. My wife and I are seperated...Thanks for reminding me... (laughing) No that's okay, everythings cool actaully we're really great friends so..." ~Yes he really did say this!

"All I want people to know is that our band fucked everything up- and we still did it! I just want them to realize that your cant avoid the bulls**t, but take it easy and dont worry about it! That you become worried that you wont get your dream and you sell your soul metaphorically, because you want your dream so bad. Be patient--it will happen."

"She's like this big 80 pound lap-dog. What a baby." ~John on his dog, Chloe

"Would I be sexy in the real world?"

"Last time I was home, she (Chloe, his dog) got the kennel cough. So I had to take her to the all night vet. She was coughing like... (john does a hacking cough) its like when did the dog start smokin ya know?"

"Everybody thinks your like this big famous rock star guy ya know. The only diffrence now is that all my little nieces and nephews ask me if I know the backstreet boys."

"What moved me most about the film was how it presented a metaphor of the defenses we develop to protect ourselves and how taking a leap or risk is so important to really really be alive"

"Hate this place is not so much a tribute to the Replacements, a great band who never got the success that they deserved, but more a fuck you to those who keep saying we sound like them."

"A girl will throw her bra onstage, and I say to myself if I was the guy that pumped your gas today, would you throw your bra at me?"

"I thought that had been long forgoten about.......I was the best actor on that show and I was playing myself. I was amazed at how bad as actors they were." - John talking about Beverly Hills 90210

"Those songs weren't written to be hits; they were honest statements. When they became hits, it just validated the real feelings behind them." -John "Iris" & "Name"

"This is about a boy and a girl and a telephone bill." ~ John on "Two Days in February".

"Hell actually eats food that strangers throw at him!" ~John on Mike

"There are a lot of reasons to be hated in pop culture, and being a straight white male is one of them. In fact, I almost hate me!"

"At any given time, the band could be screwed, and I could be,'Would you like a hot apple pie with your order today, sir?"

"I go to parties and I still don't get recognized. Maybe I should change my friends."

"We're up for 3 grammys, best song, best album and .......... best pants."

"I was sitting around one day and I said, "life ain't easy for a boy named Goo." ~John on how he came up with "A Boy Named Goo" for an album title

"I don't care about genre or where someone wants to lump my music. I have no genre. I just am who I am and do what I do. And if you enjoy it, please sit with us and share the experience. And if you don't like it, maybe you could please just go away and let us be."

"I feel lucky to have written a couple of songs that affected a lot of people. I feel proud that something we did as a band was able to transcend every format in radio and get to every listener it could. We're glad that those songs were able to stomp every limitation, genre or faction that exists in the music business today. The fans believed in the songs, and that's what matters to us."

"That cow stole my Grammy!" ~John referring to Celine Dion

"I do what i want when i make up my mind"

"I really believe that women have much easier access to their souls then men do. Because as men we're taught to wear masks, to drown our emotions in competition and money. Now women are being forced to do that to. But I just admire their capacity to bear their spirutality so much more deeply than men."

"You know you see yourself on a chart next to Whitney Houston, I always say to myself, "well ya know it's a nice neighborhood, but we're just driving through, we don't live here."

"If you have three people that you can really call your friends, then you truly have it made."

"I think there's two things you have to do to sell out. You have to. You have to do something you don't wanna do, and you have to be paid off very handsomely for doing it... and we haven't had either of those things."

"I'm an artist, man, I can't sh*t on command."

" If you write an amazing, cool song that you mean, and then you go and put your leather pants on and sing it in front of people, that's okay. But if you put your leather pants on and stand in front of the mirror and go 'okay, I've got to write a song to fit these pants,' then you're in trouble."

"You've got to surround yourself with people that are better than you...That way, you grow."

"I can tell whether ot not that I've had a good performance by how many strings I break and how fast I fall asleep."

"They know I'm outta my mind. I'm the most neurotic.I make Woody Allen look like Clint Eastwood."

"There were many years when nobody thought I was a pretty boy. When people now try to lump us into the same category as some manufactured all-boy cheese-rock group, it drives me crazy."

"He held my head when I threw up in the toilet. He took me to the hospital to have my stomach pumped. He loaned me $20 last night. He listens to all of my lies and ignores me when I'm full of s**t. And that's a big difference, if you know what I mean." -John on Robby

"The disparity between being a ten-year-old boy playing air guitar, wishing I was a rock star, and the reality of the whole thing is insane..."

"It's such a litigious society now. I'd have to call my lawyer and business manager before I threw the TV set out the window."

You just have to play your guitar for the love of playing it, you know, and let it lead you, instead of trying to lead it into something."

"I like where I am, I like what I am doing, Ya know....I love the people around me"

"I was writing songs all through high school. What I wanted to do -- and still want to do -- is get the sound of a big, huge, hard rock guitar, but play something really melodic, catchy and interesting with it. I was always really attracted to the power that metal and hard rock bands had in their guitar tone. But I hated what they did with it. I always hated heavy metal. Metal is vapid garbage."

"I'm most proud of the fact that the Goo Goo Dolls wasn't put together by a producer or a record company guy, but by three kids in college wanting to make some noise, hang out and have some fun. Right now, I think the band's playing stronger than it ever has and I'm real excited about the future."

"What? Why we're such homos?" ~John on what he thinks Rob Zombie's question to the band is.

"With every decision you make in your life, you're going to have some regrets about the way it goes. You just have to chose which set of regrets you can live with"

"We've played all around the world and I swear: Everyone is from Buffao!! But some people don't act like that and that's why there's so many Fucked up people in the world"

"You constantly have to reinvent yourself, take new steps, challenge yourself."

"I have no illusions about success. When a kid asks me for my autograph, I'm flattered."

"The ironic thing about writers block is that your writing all the time, its just that you think everything sucks."

"You know how neurotic I am?" I am the only guy in the world who has a self-help tattoo."

"It's very dangerous to put your opinions of yourself into the hands of someone else."

"The first time I saw how his family interacted, Robby's, I walked outside and cried. How come I didn't have a family like this? There was so much love."

"It's better to have a handful of regrets than to never have lived your life."

"The minute you stick your head up, someone's gonna try to shoot it off."

"The hippest of the hip don't come to see us anymore, but that's fine with me cuz they're boring anyway."

"Oh,your life just sucks. Malinin's life sucks. Call 1-800-Cry-Me-A-River"

"I run into a lot of people now who are obsessed with the notion of fame. It's as if fame is more important than music, and that's wrong."

"I like being in America, where I'm ugly."

"We really look to the audience every night to keep us going night after night. We get out energy from them. Our fans are the best!"

"Robby's a really contagious individual. People are immediately drawn to him."

"I feel lucky to have written a couple of songs that affected a lot of people. I feel proud that something we did as a band was able to transcend every format in radio and get to every listener it could. We're glad that those songs were able to stomp every limitation, genre or faction that exists in the music business today. The fans believed in the songs, and that's what matters to us."

"You can speach Dutch to me as slow as you want and I'd still go 'Huh'"

"Dressing like a rodeo clown for our band for the past 10 years." ~John on his worst fashion mistake

"People can take the piss out of you if they want to. At the end of the day, I know I did exactly what I wanted to do. And when I finally got my head together and shut the outside world out, I put together some pretty fucking good songs. I may not be as cool as some people, but I don't give a fuck, because what I write is important to me. I'm really defensive about my scene, because it's mine and I'm proud of what I've done and I meant everything I did. A lot of people want to give us s**t for it. I'm ready to go toe-to-toe with the best of them."

'When we played a show with Jewel and she was standing on the side of the stage watching us, and the three of us each started playing a different song. I turned around and she was gone. There goes my shot with Jewel."

"I decided I was going to take up meditation instead of drinking. I'm going to meditate on a six-pack tonight."

"Robby is the brother I never wanted."

"Don't fuckin boo me. I take it personally!"

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