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Waldorf, Maryland, United States (1996 – present)

Good Charlotte is a band from Waldorf, Maryland, United States that formed in 1996. They took the name ‘Good Charlotte’ from a children’s book: Good Charlotte: The Girls Of Good Day Orphanage by Carol Beach York. They have released five albums, most notably 2002’s multiplatinum seller The Young and the Hopeless, which spawned the chart topping singles, “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” “The Anthem,” and “Girls & Boys.” The band’s third album is 2004’s The Chronicles of Life and Death, the fourth, released 2007, is called “Good Morning Revival”, and their fifth and most recent release was released in 2011, titled “Cardiology”. The band is fronted by twin brothers Benji and Joel Madden, born in Waldorf, Maryland. Other members of the band include their friends Billy Martin and Paul Thomas.

Good Charlotte’s frontmen, identical twins Joel and Benji Madden, were born on March 11, 1979 to a middle class family in Waldorf, Maryland. Their mother raised them with a strict, devout Catholic up-bringing. Their father left the family when the twins were 16 years old, causing financial problems for the twins, their mother, older brother, and younger sister. For a short period of time the twins had to work as shampoo boys in a salon. Benji and Joel cite their older brother Josh Madden for introducing them to rock music by bands such as The Beach Boys and Social Distortion. After attending a Beastie Boys concert at the age of 16, Benji and Joel decided to start their very own band, although Joel had never sung before, and Benji had never played guitar.

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