Good Charlotte was formed in 1996 by identical brothers Joel and Benji Madden, with Joel handling lead vocals and Benji playing lead guitar. Paul Thomas (bass) and Aaron Escolopio (drums) completed the early lineup, while Billy Martin later joined as a second guitarist. Although the band hailed from the suburban town of Waldorf, MD, Good Charlotte quickly made a name for itself in nearby Washington, D.C. A year later, the band issued its spunky self-titled debut on Epic, and the single "Little Things" made minor waves. By the fall of 2002, Good Charlotte was ready to release The Young and the Hopeless, and their expanded audience was ready. Singles "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" and "Anthem" catapulted the band into the mainstream in 2003 and eventually drove the album into triple-platinum sales.
In 2004, Good Charlotte returned with The Chronicles of Life and Death, followed by the much more varied Good Morning Revival in late March 2007. In 2009 the band announced that they were returning both to the studio and their punk roots. Their fifth album, Cardiology, was released in 2010.