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Sunday Sweet (Sunday Shuffle #408)

I still can't wrap my head around the news that Matthew Sweet is playing the Popcorn Festival this year. I have been a fan for almost 25 years, ever since Girlfriend came out in October 1991. That album is in my top ten, for sure, and could even be my all-time favorite. His 1995 album 100% Fun is also a favorite and I never take a road trip with the CD in the car. Heck, his music is probably what fueled my love of power pop. So, this news is pretty darn exciting.

I decided to load his CDs into iTunes last night, so I could do a shuffle with his music today. I had a couple albums in already, but the play counts are going to be extremely low today. Oh well. I've listened to all these songs many many times. I'm sure that by the time the concert comes around (and I most likely do another Sunday Sweet) the play counts will be higher.

If you're not familiar with his music (or forgot about him since in the mid-90s), check out the Spotify playlist that I'll link to later today. Let's get to it!

1. Dead Smile (1) - from Kimi Ga Suki
2. Tonight We Ride (1) - from Kimi Ga Suki
3. Warning (1) - from Kimi Ga Suki
4. What Do You Know? (1) - from Altered Beast
5. Devil With The Green Eyes (2) - from Altered Beast
6. Ultrasuede (2) - from The Ugly Truth
7. Split Personality (1) - from In Reverse
8. Come To Love (1) - from 100% Fun
9. Giving It Back (1) - from 100% Fun
10. I Almost Forgot (1) - from 100% Fun


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