Goo Goo Dolls “Battle” With Howard Stern Over NYC Airwaves

The Goo Goo Dolls and self-anointed “King of all Media” Howard Stern are embroiled in a minor dispute that has kept the Dolls’ hit single, “Iris,” as well as its new song, “Slide,” off the play-list at the radio jockey’s anchor station in New York City.

The Dolls wanted to perform “Iris” [700k QuickTime] as part of Stern’s new late-night TV program, “The Howard Stern Show,” but the host requested that the band’s performance of the song be appropriately outrageous for his show.

To that effect, Stern proposed that as the Goos performed the song, that he and producer Gary Delabate would be dressed like sailors while Jackie “The Jokeman” Martling and Eric “Fred” Norris danced in thongs.

The Dolls passed on such an over-the-top routine, which led to Stern flexing his affiliate muscle and asking that the Dolls’ songs not be played on his NYC station until the band came in to play the single under his terms.

Taking
the squabble as all in good fun, program directors at K-Rock agreed to Stern’s request, although the Dolls were planning to make an appearance on the radio show — possibly as early as Wednesday of this week — to put a “goo-natured” end to the feud.