Greatest Hits Albums

Do you remember the Goo Goo Dolls, famous for the song Iris (as featured in a movie starring Nicholas Cage and Meg Ryan called The City of Angels)?

You could be forgiven if you didn’t. They are the definition of ‘mediocrity’. And ‘one-hit-wonder’. And, it turns out, ‘delusion’.

You see, the Goo Goo Dolls have released their ‘Greatest Hits’ Album.

Volume 1.

I’m not kidding. This means they’re planning to release Volume 2 at some stage. I wonder if they’ll put their one hit on the second album too?

This reminds me of another band who caught the express train to Delusion Town in similar fashion. Remember EMF? These English lads had a massive hit with ‘Unbelievable’ (which is a good way of describing the brainstorm that came up with the idea of a ‘Best of’ album). Australian readers may remember the song also featured in an AFL commercial.

They too released a greatest hits collection.

How the hell does this happen? The boys from EMF are probably serving kebabs in Manchester, whining to anyone who will listen about how the record company shafted them, but it was better that way because they were creatively stifled, and they have some killer tracks that they have been working on in the bedroom at their mum’s house, and they may be 39 but the world sure hasn’t seen the last of them. And so on…

I’m sure there are plenty of other examples of underserving bands releasing greatest hits albums. Post any suggestions in the comments area below. I have included the video clips for Iris and Unbelievable for your enjoyment too.


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