My sister and I went to see Matthew Sweet at City Winery last Friday. It was one of his last stops on his Girlfriend tour.
He played the entire Girlfriend album and it was great to see him play live after all these years, though I kind of wish it wasn’t such a laid back venue. It would have been great to get up and dance instead of rocking around in my chair, which literally became a pain in the ass.
My sister was a huge Matthew Sweet fan after Girlfriend was released. I vaguely remember that she went to see him play live at Tower Records and got to meet him. There’s a picture around here of her leaning back as he signed the shirt she was wearing. I know she saw him play live other times (maybe at Taste of Chicago?) and she took me with her to see him play a free show at The Chicago Theater, which I think was my first music concert. We hung out in the alley until we were let in backstage to meet him which is kind of super fucking awesome and something I wouldn’t be brave enough to try today.
I just love this album cover! City Winery made an ‘artist’s wine’ for everyone to taste at the show, and they used this for the bottle label. I considered buying a bottle before I realized that I only had $2 to spend on unnecessary objects.
Even though my sister was the obsessive fan, I look back on my teen years and have realized that Matthew Sweet meant a lot to me as well. I would write out song lyrics of his when I was a freshman in high school, lyrics that meant something to me and my life at the time. I hear a song of his and it reminds me of that crush I had, that phase I went through, or even becomes a perfect expression of how I feel today.
God, I love this video.
I’ve grown up, my sister has grown up, Matthew Sweet has aged, the album is quickly approaching it’s 21st anniversary… but the music of Girlfriend never gets old. The show was an absolute treat and I’m really glad that my sister and I were able to share the experience.