Archive | January, 2018

Certain Songs #1111: Matthew Sweet – “Lost My Mind”

Album: 100% Fun
Year: 1995

Featuring:
Robert Quine – Electric Lead Guitar
Richard Lloyd – Electric Lead Guitar
Brendan O’Brien – Mellotron
Ric Menck – Drums

“But Jim,” you didn’t ask, “you’ve been writing about of these posts about Matthew Sweet songs where he had either Richard Lloyd or Robert Quine play lead guitar, but I’m wondering did they ever play on the same song??”

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Certain Songs #1110: Matthew Sweet – “Sick of Myself”

Album: 100% Fun
Year: 1995

Featuring:
Richard Lloyd – Electric Lead Guitar
Brendan O’Brien – Electric Rhythm Guitar
Ric Menck – Drums

Produced by producer d’jour Brendan O’Brien and featuring an absolutely adorable cover photo of young Matthew Sweet listening to an album via some huge headphones, 1995’s 100% Fun definitely felt like a comeback after what I then still felt was the scatteredness of Altered Beast.

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Certain Songs #1109: Matthew Sweet – “Speed of Light”

B-side, 1993

Featuring:
Robert Quine – Lead Guitar
Byron Berline – Fiddle
Greg Leisz – National Duolian
Fred Maher – Drums

I don’t recall exactly when it was that I came across the treasure trove of Matthew Sweet outtakes and b-sides from the 1990s. Probably at the record swaps at USF in the late 1990s, when I came across a great live recording from 1993 called Shape Shifter and later on a disc of somewhat muddy Girlfriend outtakes called Supervixen.

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Certain Songs #1108: Matthew Sweet – “What Do You Know?”

Album: Altered Beast
Year: 1993

Featuring:
Robert Quine – Lead Guitar
Greg Leisz – National Duolian, Acoustic Guitar
Pete Thomas – Drums

For all of my initial disappointment in Altered Beast not being Girlfriend Pt. II, it turned out that my favorite songs on it were the ones that sounded the furthest from what I thought I wanted him to sound.

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Certain Songs #1107: Matthew Sweet – “The Ugly Truth”

Album: Altered Beast
Year: 1993

Featuring:
Robert Quine – Lead Guitar
Byron Berline – Fiddle
Ric Menck – Drums

After the utterly fresh blast of Girlfriend, it was inevitable that Altered Beast was going to be a letdown. So, like its contemporary follow-ups to classic power-pop records, Teenage Fanclub’s Thirteen and The Posies’s Frosting on the Beater, I severely underrated Altered Beast when it came out in 1993.

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