Music / Good Charlotte
"Lifestyles of the rich and the famous,
They're always complainin',
Always complainin',
If money is such a problem,
Well, they got mansions,
Think we should rob them.
"Lifestyles of the Rich and the Famous"

Good Charlotte are an American Pop Punk band from Waldorf, Maryland. Formed on April 1, 1996, by identical twins Joel (Vocals) & Benji Madden (Guitar/Vocals) with Paul Thomas (Bass), Billy Martin (Guitar/Keyboard) and Aaron Escopolio (Drums). Just as the band were about to start writing their breakthrough album, The Young and The Hopeless, Escopolio left to play drums in his brother's band, Wakefield and was eventually replaced by Chris Wilson whilst they were touring in support of TYATH. However, Wilson left the band in May 2005, citing personal health reasons, and he was replaced by the band's current drummer, Dean Butterworth, who had previously drummed with Morrissey.

They reunited in 2015, with new single "Makeshift Love" being released November 5th.

Musically, they are probably best known as the band who wrote "Lifestyles of The Rich & Famous".

  • Good Charlotte (2000)
  • The Young and the Hopeless (2002)
  • The Chronicles of Life and Death (2004)
  • Good Morning Revival (2007)
  • Greatest Remixes (2008)
  • Cardiology (2010)
  • Greatest Hits (2010)
  • Youth Authority (2016)

Good Charlotte has shown examples of:

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Inverted in "Riot Girl", where the singer is a boy pining after a bad girl.
  • Anti-Love Song: "I Don't Wanna Be in Love (Dance Floor Anthem)"
  • Audience Participation Song: "The Anthem" has the "Another loser anthem, woah-oh!" refrain towards the end, and the chorus in "Movin' On" is pretty much made for this.
    Life, hope, truth, trust, faith, pride, love, lust
    Pain, hate, lies, guilt, laugh, cry, live, die
    Some friends become enemies
    Some friends become family
    Make the best with what you're given
    This ain't dying, this is living
  • Badass Beard: Madden twins.
  • Book Ends: The Chronicles of Life and Death very nearly plays this straight - The album opens with "Once Upon a Time: The Battle of Life and Death", a brief instrumental performed on strings; the piece is reprised at the end of "In This World (Murder)". The only reason it isn't played straight, is the bonus tracks afterwards ("Falling Away" or "Meet My Maker", depending on if you bought the "Life" or "Death" version of the album, with the hidden song Wounded following both).
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: In "I Just Wanna Live":
    I rock a... lawsuit when I'm going to court,
    A white suit when I'm getting a divorce,
    A black suit at the funeral home,
    And my birthday suit when I'm home alone.
  • Cover Version:
    • Two on the Not Another Teen Movie soundtrack:
      • "If You Leave" by OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark)
      • "I Want Candy" by The Strangeloves
      • "Put Your Hands On My Shoulder" by Paul Anka, although this one was only featured in the movie.
    • "Acquiesce" by Oasis
    • "Cemetery" by Silverchair
    • "Footloose" by Kenny Loggins
    • Greatest Remixes features a cover of "Dance Floor Anthem" by Metro Station.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Genre Shift: From Pop Punk on their first two albums, to "Dance Punk" on Good Morning Revival, and back to Pop Punk with Cardiology
  • Goodbye, Cruel World!: Averted; "Hold On" has a very clear anti-suicide message, whilst "S.O.S." was written from the perspective of someone who needs help and wonders if anyone would miss them.
  • Greatest Hits Album:
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: The chorus to "I Just Wanna Live".
    I just wanna live
    Don't really care about the things that they say
    Don't really care about what happens to me
    I just wanna live
  • Live Album: Two, neither released in stores - Bootlegs, sold via the band's website in a bundle with The Chronicles of Life and Death at release; iTunes Live from Montreal, an acoustice set released only on iTunes in Canada.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: "The Day That I Die" definitely counts. It's an upbeat-sounding song about waking up one day and realizing that you're going to die.
  • Misogyny Song: "Girls and Boys"
  • Murder Ballad: "My Bloody Valentine".
  • Parental Abandonment: Benji & Joel's dad walked out their family on Christmas Eve when they were 15; the song Emotionless is an open letter to their father.
  • Parent Never Came Back From The Store: Benji and Joel Madden's father deserted them this way. They've written several songs which are either about it ("The Story of My Old Man") or mention it in passing ("The Little Things").
  • Put on a Bus: Twice. Original drummer Aaron Escopolio left the band shortly before they began recording The Young and The Hopeless, leading to Josh Freese to stand in for a while. Chris Wilson then took over full-time prior to writing The Chronicles of Life and Death, but then he left the band. The band's current drummer, Dean Butterworth, stepped in & became their first drummer to last more than one album.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: For Undergrads.
  • Rock-Star Song: "I Just Wanna Live", with some of the lyrics featuring Joel complaining about the band's sudden fame. On the album after they did a song mocking the celebrities who complained about their success. Lampshaded within the song.
    "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous", your first hit, aren't you ashamed?
  • Rockumentary: Fast Future Generation
  • Self-Backing Vocalist: Averted; Joel sings lead, whilst Benji sings back-up & on occasion, lead. As they're identical twins, it can sound like this trope.
  • Special Guest: Avenged Sevenfold's M. Shadows & Synyster Gates perform vocals & guitar respectively on "The River" from Good Morning Revival.
  • Spiritual Successor: Joel and Benji's much poppier side project, The Madden Brothers.
  • Those Two Guys: Billy & Paul.
  • Trash the Set: The video for "The Young and The Hopeless" featured the band performing in a room filled with trophies & awards, and subsequently destroying every single one of them as they perform.
  • What Did I Do Last Night?: The appropriately titled "Last Night".
  • Yandere: What the Villain Protagonist of "My Bloody Valentine" is.