Performing The album GIRLFRIEND The 20 year anniversary
Friday, Dec 30, 2011 8:30 PM PST
Echoplex (below the Echo), Los Angeles, CA
21 years and over
Girlfriend is the third album by Matthew Sweet, his most commercially and critically successful album to date. AV Club has referred to it as Sweet's magnum opus and labeled it the best power pop album of the 1990s. Sweet was joined in the studio by Lloyd Cole, Robert Quine, and Richard Lloyd, all musicians with whom he had worked previously.Sweet recorded the album after his divorce and later said to Rolling Stone, "It's funny how the album ended up showing everything I needed to feel. Everything I needed as an antidote is there." He told Entertainment Weekly, "People say, 'This is your big breakup record - will you still be able to write good songs?' I'm sure I'll be just as depressed at some other point in my life."The album peaked at 100 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The title track, fueled by its anime-themed video, hit number 4 on the Modern Rock chart and 10 on the Mainstream Rock chart. "Divine Intervention" hit 23 on the Modern Rock chart."Girlfriend" is featured in Crossroads. Cover version of "Girlfriend" is featured in Guitar Hero II. Cover version of "Girlfriend" is downloadable content for Guitar Hero III Mobile.