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Goldfinger

Goldfinger

by Lane Klozier
March 2005

Back in the mid 90’s, the illustrious Darrin Pheiffer of Goldfinger relocated from his beloved Canada to the balmy shores of southern California. While working at Starbucks in L.A., assistant manager status eluded him when he met guitarist John Feldmann. At first, Feldmann hated him. Irritated by Pheiffer’s nonchalant braggadocio concerning his percussive prowess, he dared him into an audition.

Pheiffer, influenced by hardcore (as well as reggae) based acts such as The Clash and The Police, is now recognized as one of the fastest, hardest hitting drummers to ever emerge out of California’s punk/ska scene.

The band gelled, and their self titled debut garnered airplay with hits “Here in Your Bedroom,” and “Mabel.” Not resting on their laurels, the boys became one of the hardest touring acts around, teaming up with bands such as No Doubt to packed houses. A hard core fan base was built, yet another hit never surfaced.


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Goo Goo Dolls

Goo Goo Dolls

by Lane Klozier
March 2003

Way back in 1985, a Buffalo, NY band called The Sex Maggots was busy evolving into what would eventually become The Goo Goo Dolls. After ten years of moderate success in the indie market, TGGD honed their Replacements meets REM sound into every major label’s dream.  It seems that, while many critics sell them short when it comes to depth and impact, TGGD, since their 95 release of ” A Boy Named Goo” and its’ hit single Name, keep churning out albums that contain at least one or two power ballads that are for some reason, irresistible. Currently the boys are touring in support of their latest CD, ” Gutterflower,” which has been hailed by many as their best yet. In a recent interview, the bass player/vocalist Robby Takac.

LK: Good morning.
RT: Hey man, where ya callin’ from?

LK: Milwaukee, WI
RT: Milwaukee? Hey man we really love Milwaukee…. Summerfest, The Safe House…all of that!


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