Articles Tagged: Matthew Sweet

Certain Songs #1113: Matthew Sweet – “Millennium Blues”

Album: In Reverse
Year: 1999

Featuring:
Greg Leisz – Electric Guitar
Bruce Fowler – Reverse Trombone
Walt Fowler – Reverse Trumpet
Greg Kurstin – Organ
Ric Menck – Drums

After killing it in the first part of the 1990s with the 1-2-3 punch of Girlfriend, Altered Beast & 100% Fun, Matthew Sweet stumbled for with 1997’s Blue Sky on Mars, which replaced Robert Quine and Richard Lloyd with loads and loads of synthesizers, which was of course a good idea in terms of stretching out, but I didn’t think the songs were quite there to make up for the loss of the fun guitars.

And while the crazy guitars were still mostly MIA from 1999’s In Reverse, Sweet was taking even more risks, ditching the synths for baroque chamber pop psychedelia, which somehow turned it into a record that I wildly overrated at the time, mostly on account of its still stellar opening track, “Millennium Blues.”

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Certain Songs #1112: Matthew Sweet – “Smog Moon”

Album: 100% Fun
Year: 1995

Featuring:
Brendan O’Brien – Piano
Greg Leisz – Electric Lap Steel Guitar
Ric Menck – Drums

There are some songs that absolutely bring me back to a specific time and place every single time I hear them. “Smog Moon” is one of those songs.

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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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