Was Matthew Sweet's Girlfriend Album Nearly Thrown Out By the Record Company?
February 27, 2012 3:34 PM Subscribe
Is it true that Matthew Sweet's Girlfriend
album was rescued from the trash and/or "discovered" by a record label administrative assistant?
posted by AgentRocket to media & arts (7 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I love Matthew Sweet and his Girlfriend album has since the first time I listened to it been on my top 5 all time records.
A friend and I were recently discussing the record and its sheer brilliance and he said "did you know that it almost didn't get released?" And he went on to tell a too-good-to-be-true story about how Matthew Sweet had recorded this record and sent it in, almost fully formed, to the label. But whoever was evaluating it just kind of dismissed it and put the tape on the pile to get junked. But by pure chance an administrative assistant took it from the pile, popped it in at her desk, and loved it. She listened to it all the time, and one day a label executive walking by stopped to listen for a minute and said "hey that's great stuff." The record was thus "rediscovered" by the label, polished up, and released. The rest is history.
I doubt that this story is true, but it was so specific and wonderful that I hope it is. And I wouldn't put it past a record company to miss on a record like that. But Google doesn't turn up much of anything about the genesis of the record.
Does anyone know of an account of how Girlfriend was recorded, reviewed/received by the label, and released?