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Good Charlotte is a pop-rock band from Maryland that
formed in 1996. They have released three albums, most noteably 2002's
mutliplatinum seller The Young and the Hopeless, which spawned the chart
topping singles, "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous", "The
Anthem," and "Girls and Boys". The band's third, and most
recent album is 2004's "The Chronicles of Life and Death." The
band is fronted by twin brothers Benji and Joel Madden, born in Waldorf,
Good Charlotte Biography:
Frontmen, and identical twins Joel and Benji Madden were born on March
11, 1979 to a lower middle class family in the town of Waldorf, Maryland.
Their father left the family when the twins were 16 years old, causing
financial hardships on the twins, their mother, older brother, and younger
Benji and Joel cite their older brother Josh Madden for introducing them
to punk rock music by bands such as Rancid and Social Distortion. After
attending a Beastie Boys concert at the age of 16, Benji and Joel decide
to start their very own band, although Joel had never sung before, and
Benji had never played guitar before. They started Good Charlotte in 1996
when they recruited childhood friends Paul Thomas (bass) and Aaron Escolopio
(drums). They soon moved to Annapolis, Maryland and met Billy Martin,
through a mutual interest in the band Silverchair.
After releasing an EP, entitled Another EP, in 1999, Good Charlotte released
their first self-titled album in 2000, which was not a huge commercial
success. Singles that were released from that album include "Little
Things" and "Motivation Proclamation," and "Festival
Aaron was the drummer in their debut album, Good Charlotte, before leaving
the band in early 2001 to join the band Wakefield with his brother, Ryan.
He was replaced with Dusty, who was just a temporary drummer, who had
left the Good Charlotte before the recording of their second album, The
Young & the Hopeless. As a result, veteran professional studio drummer
Josh Freese plays for that album.
2002's The Young And The Hopeless was much more popular, and marked Good
Charlotte's emergence into mainstream music. The single that made them
famous, titled "Lifestyles of the Rich and the Famous", topped
charts around the globe. Singles that followed from that album included
"The Anthem" ,"Girls and Boys" and "The Young
and The Hopeless". "The Young and the Hopeless" received
a 3x-platinum certification from the RIAA, landing Good Charlotte on Saturday
Night Live, the covers of Rolling Stone and Alternative Press, a two page
feature in the New York Times, and spots on CNN and The Today Show. Good
Charlotte were also hugely popular on MTV, where the Madden Brothers once
served as hosts on the late night music video show "All Things Rock."
Their music videos were favorites on both MTV and MTV2, with "The
Anthem" going on to receive the "Viewers Choice Award"
on MTV's 2002 Video Music Awards.
Chris Wilson was the Good Charlotte's drummer for their third album, The
Chronicles of Life and Death, which was released in 2004. The singles
released from that album include "Predictable", "I Just
Wanna Live" and "We Believe". This album was considered
a departure from their previous 2 albums. In May 2005, Chris left the
band for personal health reasons.
Today, through non-stop touring and wide publicity, Good Charlotte has
built a huge fanbase from all four corners of the globe.
Their most recent "Noise to the World Tour" with Simple
Plan featured Dean Butterworth, who has previously played with Morrissey,
as the band's current temporary drummer.
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