This article is in a list format that may be better presented using prose. (November 2012)
Sidney Matthew Sweet (born October 6, 1964) is an American rock singer-songwriter and musician. He was part of the burgeoning music scene in Athens, Georgia, during the 1980s before gaining commercial success in the 1990s. His twelfth album, Tomorrow Forever, was released in June 2017.
Sweet in 2011
|Birth name||Sidney Matthew Sweet|
October 6, 1964 |
Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
|Genres||Power pop, alternative rock|
|Occupation(s)||singer, songwriter, record producer, instrumentalist|
|Instruments||vocals, guitar, bass guitar|
|Associated acts||Community Trolls, Oh-OK, The Thorns, Susanna Hoffs|
Early life, family and educationEdit
This section needs expansion. You can help by adding to it. (July 2016)
In 1980, Sweet, a high school student, wrote and recorded songs on four-track cassettes. He joined the band The Specs and released his first recording on a battle of bands LP produced by a local radio station, and fronted his own local band called The Dialtones. After graduating, Sweet travelled to Athens, Georgia to attend college during the vibrant Athens music scene. That same year, Sweet, who had met the band R.E.M. when they played a show in his hometown the previous year, collaborated with frontman Michael Stipe in a duo group under the name Community Trolls, as well as played guitar in Stipe's sister Lynda Stipe's band, Oh-OK. In addition, he formed another duo, The Buzz of Delight, with Oh-OK drummer David Pierce, releasing an EP, Sound Castles, in 1984 on DB Records. On the strength of this 12" vinyl, Sweet was signed to a solo recording contract with Columbia Records.
In 1986, he released Inside, his debut album, to good reviews but little commercial success. In 1989, he released Earth after signing with A&M Records; likewise, it was well-received critically, yet not commercially. This marked a personal and professional low period as his record company lost interest and his marriage failed.
In 1990, A&M released Sweet from his contract, and he signed with rival Zoo Entertainment, which evolved into Volcano Entertainment several years later. Sweet formed a new band (which included Richard Lloyd, Robert Quine, Greg Leisz, Lloyd Cole, and Fred Maher), and together they spent that year assembling his next work, originally titled Nothing Lasts.
In 1991, Sweet released Girlfriend, the retitled pop-rock album which was widely considered an artistic breakthrough. It quickly garnered impressive U.S. sales, spawning a Top 10 single with the title track. The music video for "Girlfriend" (heavily aired on MTV, MuchMusic and Night Tracks) featured clips from the anime film, Space Adventure Cobra, while the video for "I've Been Waiting" used clips of the Urusei Yatsura character, Lum Invader.
In 1993, Sweet released Altered Beast, a harder rock album which drew mixed reactions with its intense and brooding tracks (such as "Someone to Pull the Trigger" and "Knowing People"). The music video for the single "The Ugly Truth" (directed by Sweet) featured the singer being chased in the desert by police while driving his own 1970 Dodge Challenger, while the video for "Time Capsule" was a literary homage to Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels.
In 1995, Sweet released 100% Fun, an alt-rock album best known for its lead-off track, the self-deprecating "Sick of Myself." The album itself fared better commercially, and even made it onto Entertainment Weekly critic David Browne's year's-best list.
In 1997, Sweet released Blue Sky on Mars, a new-wave album which featured the synth-laden singles "Where You Get Love" and "Come to California." The music video for the former featured Sweet as an astronaut traveling through outer space.
In 1999, Sweet released In Reverse, a psychedelic album which featured Wall of Sound tracks, including the singles "What Matters" and "Trade Places." The album is noteworthy for its 10-minute closing track, "Thunderstorm," which is a combination of several demos.
In 2000, Sweet released Time Capsule: Best of 90/00, a retrospective compilation which featured two new tracks.
In 2001, Sweet and Darius Rucker performed The Beach Boys song "Sail On, Sailor" on the special A Tribute to Brian Wilson; the musicians later performed the same song with Brian Wilson himself on Late Show with David Letterman.
In 2002, Sweet released To Understand: The Early Recordings of Matthew Sweet, a retrospective compilation which featured unreleased material. Also that year, he formed the supergroup, The Thorns, with Shawn Mullins and Pete Droge.
In 2003, Sweet released Kimi Ga Suki, a garage-rock album initially released in Japan, where Sweet has a significant following.
In 2004, he released Living Things, an acoustic album which consisted mainly of material he wrote while recording with The Thorns.
In 2009, Sweet and Hoffs released Under the Covers, Vol. 2, which featured covers of popular 1970s songs.
In 2011, Sweet released Modern Art, a labyrinthine album which featured the single, "She Walks the Night".
In 2012, Sweet celebrated the 20th anniversary of "Girlfriend" with a tour performing the entire album from start to finish.
In 2014, Sweet was featured on an episode of The Simpsons, the longest-running American sitcom. He wrote the lyrics to "Hopin' for a Dream", the song by fictitious 1980s band SunGazer, in the episode "Covercraft". Also that year, Sweet and his wife Lisa were research consultants for the Tim Burton film Big Eyes, a biography about painter Margaret Keane.
In 2015, Sweet and Susanna Hoffs released Completely Under the Covers, a limited 4-disc box set encompassing the three previous Under the Covers releases. This collection also contains 15 bonus tracks.
In 2017, Sweet released a new album, Tomorrow Forever, funded entirely by fans on Kickstarter; over the course of one month in 2014, the project exceeded its $32,000 goal by 75% from fewer than 800 backers.
This section needs expansion. You can help by adding to it. (July 2016)
- Furthermore What (by Oh-OK) (1983)
- Inside (1986)
- Earth (1989)
- Girlfriend (1991)
- Altered Beast (1993)
- 100% Fun (1995)
- Blue Sky on Mars (1997)
- In Reverse (1999)
- Time Capsule: Best of 90/00 (2000)
- The Complete Recordings (by Oh-OK) (2002)
- To Understand: The Early Recordings of Matthew Sweet (2002)
- Kimi Ga Suki (2003)
- The Thorns (by The Thorns; Matthew Sweet, Pete Droge and Shawn Mullins) (2003)
- Living Things (2004)
- Under the Covers, Vol. 1 (with Susanna Hoffs) (2006)
- Sunshine Lies (2008)
- Under the Covers, Vol. 2 (with Susanna Hoffs) (2009)
- Modern Art (2011)
- Under the Covers, Vol. 3 (with Susanna Hoffs) (2013)
- Tomorrow Forever (2017)
Film and televisionEdit
Tributes and benefitsEdit
- In 1983, Sweet was an extra in the film, Terms of Endearment, in a scene featuring Debra Winger and Jeff Daniels at the University of Nebraska.
- In 1985, Sweet contributed a cover of the dB's "Ask for Jill" (with Don Dixon and Chris Stamey) for the Hoboken anthology, Luxury Condos Coming to Your Neighborhood Soon.
- In 1986, Sweet contributed lyrics and vocals to the song, "Something Becomes Nothing", for The Golden Palominos album, Blast of Silence and played with the band during a 1987 concert tour.
- In 1988, Sweet co-wrote (with Jules Shear) the title track to the final 'Til Tuesday album, Everything's Different Now.
- In 1991, Sweet contributed bass guitar to Lloyd Cole's cover of "Chelsea Hotel" for the tribute album, I'm Your Fan: The Songs of Leonard Cohen, and also toured with his band, Lloyd Cole and the Commotions.
- In 1992, Sweet was featured on an episode of the series, 120 Minutes, hosted by VJ Dave Kendall, which included an interview and live performance.
- In 1992, Sweet played bass on the album To Hell With Love by Suzanne Rhatigan, which was produced by Sweet's Girlfriend producer Fred Maher and also featured Sweet's guitarist Robert Quine.
- In 1994, Sweet co-produced the Velvet Crush album, Teenage Symphonies to God.
- In 1995, Sweet appeared on an episode of the series, Space Ghost Coast to Coast. That same year, he was featured on an episode of VH1 Duets with John Hiatt, and also contributed guitar and vocals to the song, "She's Not in Love", on the Kim Stockwood album, Bonavista.
- In 1996, Sweet contributed bass guitar to the song, "Are You Ready for the Fallout?", on the Fastball debut album. Also, Sweet provided backing vocals for Kris McKay in a cover of his own song, "How Cool", on her album, Things That Show.
- In 1997, Sweet was the subject for Matthew Sweet: On the Edge, a documentary produced by NPTV (Nebraska Public Television). Also that year, Sweet contributed vocals to the song, "Sixteen Down", on the Jayhawks album, Sound of Lies.
- In 1998, Sweet appeared on an episode of the series, The Drew Carey Show, as a musician auditioning to be in Carey's band.
- In 1999, Sweet co-produced (and co-wrote two songs) on the Velvet Crush album, Free Expression.
- In 2000, Sweet contributed lyrics and vocals to the song, "Daylight", on the Delerium album, Poem. Also that year, he appeared on the game show, Win Ben Stein's Money, as a contestant playing for Alzheimer's.
- In 2001, Sweet was interviewed for the book, Behind The Muse: Pop and Rock's Greatest Songwriters Talk About Their Work and Inspiration.
- In 2002, Sweet contributed vocals to the title track of the Counting Crows album, Hard Candy.
- In 2003, Sweet co-wrote the song, "Stumbling Through the Dark", for the Jayhawks album, Rainy Day Music.
- In 2004, Sweet co-wrote the title track to the Hanson album, Underneath.
- In 2008, Sweet was featured in Mellodrama, a documentary about the Mellotron. Also, he produced The Bridges debut album, Limits of the Sky.
- In 2010, Sweet was featured on an episode of Stripped Down Live With Curt Smith, which included an interview and live performance.
- In 2011, Sweet performed the Big Star song, "September Gurls", with Mike Mills at a tribute concert to Alex Chilton. Also, he co-produced The Bangles comeback album, Sweetheart of the Sun.
- In 2012, Sweet was the subject for an episode of On Canvas, an Emmy-winning music program which fuses stage performances with interviews.
- In 2013, Sweet performed the Beatles songs, "Nowhere Man" and "Day Tripper", along with the Wild Honey Orchestra (featuring Rusty Anderson) at a tribute benefit for autism. That same year, he contributed bass to the Lloyd Cole album, Standards.
- In 2013, Sweet collaborated with Tim Robbins and Susanna Hoffs for a cover of the traditional "Marianne" for the sea shanty-compilation Son of Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys.
- "Matthew Sweet Biography". Starpulse.com. October 6, 1964. Archived from the original on June 9, 2016. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- "Lazy-I Interview: Matthew Sweet – October 2004". TimMcMahan.com. October 27, 2004. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- "Buzz of Delight, The Sound Castles (12" Vinyl)". athensmusic.net. April 5, 1980. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- "News and Information from Northampton, MA". Daily Hampshire Gazette. Retrieved 2012-11-25.[permanent dead link]
- "An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson: Elton John, Chazz Palminteri, Carly Simon, Ricky Martin, Charlotte Caffey, Paul Simon, Rachel Hunter, Dennis Hopper, Jane Wiedlin, Michael Penn, David Crosby, Aimee Mann, Belinda Carlisle, Jimmy Webb, Cameron Crowe, Vince Gill, Billy Joel, Brian Wilson, George Martin, Nancy Wilson: Movies & TV". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- "Album Reviews: Matthew Sweet - To Understand: The Early Recordings". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on October 2, 2007. Retrieved July 17, 2016.
- "The Thorns Fan Site Homepage". TheThorns.com. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- "Matthew Sweet Tells Lies on New Record", Archived January 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. PitchforkMedia.com, June 4, 2008. Retrieved on May 5, 2008.
- Girlfriend Archived March 3, 2016, at the Wayback Machine., Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Retrieved on 2010-4-28.
- Horn, John (April 18, 2010). "In 'Girlfriend,' Matthew Sweet's lyrics tell the story". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 28, 2010.
- "Lovefool 09.19.12 | Matthew Sweet Talks, Part 2". Playbackstl.com. September 19, 2012. Archived from the original on September 3, 2014. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- "Susanna Hoffs". Billboard.com. Retrieved November 25, 2014.
- "Matthew Sweet And Susanna Hoffs Release Under The Covers Volume 3". Noise11.com. Retrieved November 25, 2014.
- "Rimshots: Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs relive a lost era of indie". WBEZ.org. Retrieved November 25, 2014.
- Snierson, Dan (June 22, 2014). "Will Forte will guest star on 'The Simpsons' as...". EW.com. Retrieved November 25, 2014.
- Harp, Justin (June 21, 2014). "The Simpsons: Will Forte to play King Toot's Music Store owner". Digital Spy. Retrieved November 25, 2014.
- "The Keanes, sad-eyed art and the journey to 'Big Eyes'". Los Angeles Times. October 31, 2014. Retrieved November 25, 2014.
- D'Arcy, David (December 10, 2014). "Art As Identity Theft: Tim Burton’s Big Eyes Premieres at Art Basel Miami Beach". Observer.com. Retrieved July 17, 2016.
- Wolgamott, L. Kent (December 31, 2014). "At the Movies: 'Big Eyes' tells story of Lincoln native -- and fraud -- Walter Keane". Lincoln Journal-Star. Retrieved July 17, 2016.
- Sinclair, Paul (August 18, 2015). "Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs: Completely Under The Covers". SuperDeluxeEdition.com. Retrieved July 17, 2016.
- "Kickstarter Campaign Page". January 12, 2016.
- http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/570414535/matthew-sweet-new-studio-album-and-3d-art-project%7Ctitle=Matthew Sweet New Studio Album and 3D Art Project|work=Kickstarter|accessdate=November 25, 2014
- "Susanna Hoffs". Glide Magazine. October 8, 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- "Matthew Sweet | Does He Talk?". Playbackstl.com. September 19, 2012. Archived from the original on May 5, 2013. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Matthew Sweet - Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved November 25, 2014.
- "I Think I Do (1997) - Overview". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved November 25, 2014.
- "Blue (Album Version)". Amazon.com. Archived from the original on December 5, 2014. Retrieved December 18, 2012.
- "Camp Burlesque DVD". CDUniverse.com. Retrieved July 17, 2016.
- "'My Name Is Earl' Soundtrack Features Exclusive New Recordings From Uncle Kracker, Matthew Sweet, and John Hiatt; Plus Earl's Own Picks". Starpulse.com. Retrieved November 25, 2014.
- "Bulletproof – Soundtracks". Bulletproofrecords.com. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- "The Bigtop Official Movie Page". Bigtopmovie.com. November 18, 2007. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- "Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (2010–)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- "'90s Alterna-Heavy Soundtrack For 'Chasing Mavericks' Features Dinosaur Jr, Lemonheads, Mazzy Star, Butthole Surfers & More | The Playlist". Blogs.indiewire.com. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- "One Hit Wonderland" Lullaby by Shawn Mullins (2014) on IMDb
- "Track No. 9". Sweet Relief: A Benefit for Victoria Williams (Media notes). Thirsty Ear Records. 1993.
- "Yellow Pills, Vol. 2: More of the Best of American Pop - Various Artists - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved November 25, 2014.
- "Honor: A Benefit for the Honor the Earth Campaign – Various Artists : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. August 20, 1996. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- "Live From 6A : Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Various Artists: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- Loftus, Johnny. "Onxrt: Live From the Archives, Vol. 4 - Various Artists - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved November 25, 2014.
- "Golden Jam: General Mills' Golden Grahams - Various Artists - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved November 25, 2014.
- "2 Meter Sessies, Vol. 5 - Various Artists - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved November 25, 2014.
- "Listen to What the Man Said: Popular Artists Tribute to Paul McCartney: Various Artists: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- Shoe Fetish: A Tribute to the. "Shoe Fetish: A Tribute to the: Various Artists: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- "For the Kids Too: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- Luerssen, John D. "High School Reunion: A Tribute to Those Great 80's Films! – Various Artists : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- "All Together Now: Beatles Stuff for Kids of All Ages [Barnes & Noble Exclusive] by Little Monster". Barnesandnoble.com. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- "Like a Hurricane: A Tribute to Neil Young [COMPILATION]". Amazon.com. Retrieved July 17, 2016.
- "American Laundromat Records". Alr-music.com. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- Michaels, Sean (December 7, 2012). "Iggy Pop, Patti Smith and Tom Waits to set sail on Johnny Depp's pirates album". The Guardian. London.
- "Iggy Pop, Courtney Love For Johnny Depp's 'Pirate' Compilation". Ultimate-guitar.com. Retrieved November 25, 2014.
- "SKRANG! Bobby Sutliff Tribute CD". Paisleypop.com. Retrieved November 25, 2014.
- Harris, Will. "A Chat with Matthew Sweet, Matthew Sweet interview, Sunshine Lies". Bullz-eye.com. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- "Matthew Sweet". Itunes.apple.com. October 6, 1964. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- Green, Jim (1989). Robbins, Ira A., ed. The New Trouser Press Record Guide (3rd ed.). New York: Collier/Macmillan. pp. 563–564. ISBN 0-02-036370-2. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
- "Kim Stockwood Biography". OLDIES.com. Retrieved November 25, 2014.
- Huey, Steve. "Kris McKay – Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- "The Drew Carey Show: Season 4, Episode 2: In Ramada Da Vida (30 September 1998)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- "Win Ben Stein's Money: Episode dated 21 November 2000 (21 November 2000)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- DeMain, Bill. "Behind The Muse: Pop and Rock's Greatest Songwriters Talk About Their Work and Inspiration: Bill DeMain: 9780967597324: Amazon.com: Books". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- "Counting Crows – Hard Candy CD Album MP3". Cduniverse.com. July 9, 2002. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- "The Jayhawks: Rainy Day Music | Album Reviews". Pitchfork.com. May 11, 2003. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- Thomas, Stephen (April 20, 2004). "Underneath – Hanson : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- "Mellotron : The Mellotron Documentary. A Film by Dianna Dillworth". Bazillionpoints.com. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- Limits of the Sky. "Limits of the Sky: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- "Stripped Down Live with Curt Smith: Season 1, Episode 9: Matthew Sweet (20 October 2010)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- "Stripped Down Live Episode #9: Matthew Sweet". Strippeddownlive.digitalinnovationscreative.com. December 15, 2010. Archived from the original on August 1, 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- Donelan, Charles (March 30, 2011). "Indie Rock All Stars Recreate Big Star's Third Live in New York The Santa Barbara Independent". Independent.com. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- Sendra, Tim. "Sweetheart of the Sun - Bangles - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved November 25, 2014.
- "Episodes - On Tour". WHYY.org. Retrieved November 25, 2014.
- Sebastian, Matt, ed. (October 25, 2012). "Lloyd Cole reunites 'X’ album collaborators Matthew Sweet, Fred Maher for new record". SlicingUpEyeballs.com. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- "Lloyd Cole's new album features Matthew Sweet & Joan as Policewoman; his son's band, BFA, playing shows". BrooklynVegan.com. Retrieved November 25, 2014.
- Leggett, Steve. "Various Artists - Son of Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys". AllMusic.com. Retrieved July 17, 2016.