Good Charlotte

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The East Coast post-grunge/pop-punk outfit Good Charlotte was founded in 1996 by identical brothers Joel and Benji Madden. Inspired by a Beastie Boys performance on their 1995 Ill Communication tour, the Maddens enlisted the help of several high school classmates in assembling a band that combined the energetic elements spawned from '70s punk with the sentimental ballads of mainstream corporate rock.

Good Charlotte was soon formed, with Joel Madden handling lead vocals and Benji Madden playing lead guitar. Paul Thomas (bass) and Aaron Escolopio (drums) completed the early lineup, while Billy Martin later joined as a second guitarist.

Although the band hailed from the suburban town of Waldorf, MD, Good Charlotte quickly made a name for itself in nearby Washington, D.C., playing the WHFS annual rock show HFSFestival in 1998 and 1999. A year later, the band issued its spunky self-titled debut on Epic, and the single "Little Things" made minor waves. The Madden brothers scored a gig as MTV VJs and soon were all over the network's late-night rock show All Things Rock, which gave their band's profile a boost. The two spent time behind the scenes writing songs for their sophomore album, but Escolopio left the group to join his brother in Wakefield before recording could commence. Josh Freese was quickly enlisted as the band's temporary drummer (Chris Wilson would later replace him permanently). By the fall of 2002, Good Charlotte was ready to release The Young and the Hopeless, and their expanded audience was ready. Singles "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" and "Anthem" catapulted the band into the mainstream in 2003 and eventually drove the album into triple-platinum sales; shared dates with New Found Glory for the third annual Honda Civic Tour were equally successful.

In 2004, Good Charlotte returned with The Chronicles of Life and Death, which hit number three on the Billboard charts but failed to sell as well as the band's previous album. Wilson exited the band in mid-2005, citing health reasons, and later went on to join the Summer Obsession. Dean Butterworth (who had previously drummed for Morrissey, among others) joined up in time for sessions for the crew's fourth album, which were held in Vancouver and away from the Madden-loving paparazzi (especially Joel and his then-girlfriend Hilary Duff). The much more varied Good Morning Revival appeared in late March 2007, spearheaded by the single "The River," which featured M. Shadows and Synyster Gates of Avenged Sevenfold.

Source: www.allmusic.com

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Comments

kaida17

Love these guys! I have all their albums and really wanna see them when they come to Perth this year :/

by kaida17 (20/02/2011)
mpilon93

These guys are amazing. Truly. Keep it up.

by mpilon93 (23/02/2011)
kerriew1979

Loving it keep up the awesome work

by kerriew1979 (15/03/2011)
lilfoxy182

love good charlotte

by lilfoxy182 (15/03/2011)
Buzz3

These guys are great,another one of those bands that perform awesome live

by Buzz3 (16/03/2011)
Dani94

I love this song, it's so catchy

by Dani94 (21/03/2011)
kasmusse

Don't know where I'd be without this band! Love them to bits

by kasmusse (07/04/2011)
chanel_oh

Good Charlotte is here in Adelaide on tues WOOP WOOP!!

by chanel_oh (10/04/2011)
carze

there alright but there is much better bands. sorry guys!!!

by carze (10/04/2011)
quickymusiclove

They used to be good but they sold out :|

by quickymusiclove (22/04/2011)
Manly

best songs evr

by Manly (25/04/2011)
chchchelsea_m

these guys were my childhood
i've seen these guys twice.. 2007 and 2011, and they were actually better the second time.
better set list and just as much energy. it's rare that happens. kudos

by chchchelsea_m (26/05/2011)
 

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