Gutterflower is the band's seventh release following 1998's Dizzy Up the Girl (..). The album debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard charts and sold more than 100,000 copies in its first week.
John Rzeznik said he didn't feel pressured to achieve the same success of Dizzy Up the Girl when creating Gutterflower.
The album's title came from a term used by poet Pablo Neruda in The Beggars to describe homeless people. John Rzeznik wrote Gutterflower's material after his divorce and moving to L.A. from Buffalo, NY.
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