When I lived in Philadelphia in the early 90’s there was a great public radio station called WXPN (associated with the University of Pennsylvania). It was like a college radio station, but with a professional staff and production values. That station was a constant companion during my years there, and turned me on to alot of great music that I’m still listening to today. I remember first hearing this song on the drive in to work one morning, and I was hooked. The album by the same name was Matthew Sweet’s breakout out album, and was loaded with great guitar, great harmony vocals, and great power pop hooks in song after song. A perfect combination of power pop and rock and roll. He put out a string of similarly great albums in the years after, but this one remains my touchstone, and Girlfriend one of my favorites from it.
I hear you need somebody to love
Oh, I wanna love somebody
I hear you’re looking for someone to love
Be back in the arms of a good friend
And I need to
Be back in the arms of a girlfriend
3 thoughts on “Song of the Day TBT: Matthew Sweet – Girlfriend”
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One of the best examples of power pop there is…great song.
I’m partial to I’ve Been Waiting and Evangeline from that record.