Goo Goo Dolls – Dizzy Up The Girl

The first band I ever truly cared for was Goo Goo Dolls. They also headlined my first true concert. Dizzy Up The Girl is a fantastic record, home to a variety of my favorites – Acoustic #3, Broadway, Dizzy, Slide, January Friend, Black Balloon, Iris – I could probably list all 13 songs, but I won’t.

One of my favorite live albums is the one where they played in Buffalo, their hometown, released in 2004. It rained during the set, and Johnny Rzeznik, Robby Takac and former drummer Mike Malinin were really cool about it all (and even came out with acoustic guitars during the downpour to play an incredible version of Two Days In February). In every piece I have ever seen them in – from documentaries on the band to that show where Rzeznik redesigned a fan’s living room – these three always seem to be genuinely nice.

I’d love to know the story behind the original artwork for Dizzy Up The Girl. Who is she, how did they choose her, is this really her room, ect. I love her dress, expression and the pink socks. In my version of this cover, the window is enlarged, the wallpaper is all wrong, my face isn’t pretty, the dress doesn’t have the cool bird pattern – it’s meant to look like a weird dream state, and I think it comes across.

Disclaimer: Every piece of music-inspired artwork on this site is an original new creation. I am not affiliated with nor do I own the rights to any of the Original music artwork that has inspired me to create the new artwork found on this site.

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  1. “ Originally that photo was not taken for the Goo Goo Dolls. It was taken in a hotel in New York for the artist Mike Johnson (from the band Dinosaur Jr.) it was his first solo album on Atlantic Records. The hotel was the last set up of the day and everyone was wiped out. The girl on the bed was the makeup artist for the shoot (can’t remember her name) while I was waiting for the next set up I asked if I could photograph her, it was very spontaneous, none of it was planned.
    Trying to make a long story short, that photo was never used in the package. Fast forward some years, I was art director at Warner Bros. Records when I met the Goo Goo Dolls who were on that label. They wanted to see some of my work. The minute they saw that photo they knew it was perfect for that cover, and it was. I then photographed them for the rest of the package. They were great to work with and we had a lot of fun together. Nice guys. Sorry so long. I think her name was Leah? Lia? She was nice and fun to work with as well. Goes to show you how things happen and to be open to some things that are not planned. I call them happy accidents.
    Take care, hope this makes sense, Melanie.”

    Somewhere else found: Her name is Lia Rivette

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