Matthew Good is a Canadian singer-songwriter, writer, activist, blogger, and [[WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs constant creator of many stripes]]. Good's career began in the early 90s with folk-rock outfit The Rodchester Kings. It wasn't until the late '90s and start of TheNewTens that Good reached mainstream success as [[IAmTheBand the eponymous "Matthew Good" of Matthew Good Band]], shedding the folk-rock genre for various forms of "alternative rock." The band released four albums between 1995 and 2001, garnering much critical and commercial success in Canada (it says something that the ballad "Apparitions" dominated Canadian radio for most of 1998.) His first solo album was released in 2003 to almost universal acclaim, earning Good three Juno Awards[[note]]Which he rejected: see AwardSnub[[/note]], including one for [[SurrealMusicVideo best music video]] for "Weapon."

In the mid-2000s, Good's [[TraumaCongaLine personal life fell apart]]: his wife divorced him, Good experienced profound dysphoric mania, and after hospitalization for a suicide attempt, he voluntarily entered a psychiatric ward for treatment for previously undiagnosed bipolar disorder. While inside, he wrote the bulk of the 2007 release ''Hospital Music,'' the last album necessary to fulfill his contract with Universal Music. To the surprise of Good, Universal, and the entire music industry, ''Hospital Music'' debuted at number one across all of iTunes with no promotion, hype, or advertising. Unsurprisingly, Universal offered Good a new contract, and since 2007, Good has continued to record, tour, and win awards. At present, he lives near Vancouver and is happily remarried.

Inside (and outside) Canada, Good is perhaps more infamous for his blogging, particularly his post following the 2004 American presidential election and his characterization of Americans, which earned [[WhyWeCantHaveNiceThings quite a bit of controversy]]. Over the course of his career, he's maintained a blog of some sort (from the highly personal to the impassioned political). Topics of choice include: the rise of commercialism and the throw-away society; his belief in Canada as more than the puppet states of the United States; human rights issues (national and international); and the search for understanding. He is a vocal supporter of Amnesty International and Ceasefire (an anti-war organization), but his tendency to loan voice to thought earned him a reputation as a pretentious liberal. He embraced the attitude early in his career, appearing on stage during tours wearing a shirt saying "[[SelfDeprecation I hear Matt Good is a real asshole]]."

Fun fact: Good is credited with creating the phrase ''first world problems'' -- all the way back in ''1995.''



[[folder: Rodchester Kings ]]

* ''...And in Closing'' (1991)
* ''Left of Normal'' (1992)
* ''Broken'' (1993)
* ''Euphony'' (1994)
* ''15 Hours on a September Thursday'' (1994)


[[folder: Matthew Good Band ]]

* ''[[GenreRoulette Last of the Ghetto Astronauts]]'' (1995)
* ''[[GenreShift Underdogs]]'' (1997)
* ''[[DarkerAndEdgier Beautiful Midnight]]'' (1999)
* ''[[NewSoundAlbum The Audio]] [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks of Being]]'' (2001)

* ''Raygun'' (EP) (1996)
* ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Lo-Fi B-Sides]]'' (EP) (1998)
* ''Loser Anthems'' (EP, limited release) (2000)


[[folder: Solo ]]

* ''[[GenreBusting Avalanche]]'' (2003)
* ''[[IndecisiveDeconstruction White Light Rock & Roll Review]]'' (2004)
* ''[[GreatestHitsAlbum In a Coma: 1995-2005]]'' (2005)
* ''[[CareerResurrection Hospital Music]]'' (2007)
* ''[[LiveAlbum Live From Massey Hall]]'' (2008)
* ''[[ConceptAlbum Vancouver]]'' (2009)
* ''Lights of Endangered Species'' (2011)
* Unknown project slated for September 2013 release.


[[folder: Other Works ]]

* ''at last there is nothing left to say'': Book. Originally published in 2001, then went out of print until Good's fame picked up again.
* Numerous blogs and social media content. See [[ the official site]] for a complete list.

'''Tropes Relating To and Used by Matthew Good Include'''
* ArtistDisillusionment: A rare case not aimed at fans so much as the media and cult of celebrity. Good struggled with his sudden celebrity status, to the point of [[HatesSmallTalk intentionally sabotaging interviews]] in order to avoid the media.
* AudienceParticipationSong: There are many, depending on whether the show is acoustic or full-band, but ''K-I-C-K-A-S-S'' is a popular encore chant.
* AwardSnub: The very rare inversion: Matt (or the Matthew Good Band) has won three Juno awards (essentially the Canada version of the Grammys), but refused to accept any of them, or even go to the ceremony. His reasoning is complicated, but his primary reason is that he perceives the Juno Awards as rewarding only those bands that make it big in the United States, rather than actually recognizing artistic merit.
* BlackSheepHit: "Jenni's Song" was very popular in the United States during the band's ''Beautiful Midnight'' tour, but Good swore he'd never play it again due to [[ComicallyMissingThePoint audiences failing to understand the irony]].
* {{Bowdlerization}}: The US version of ''Beautiful Midnight'' simply removed words from two titles: "A Boy and His Machine Gun" and "Born to Kill." Guess which words.
* CreepyChildrenSinging: Used for maximum horror in the fade-out of "Tripoli."
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Good's early work in the folk genre can be quite a surprise if you know him for his rock anthems. ''Last of the Ghetto Astronauts'' is markedly different from Good's later work.
* EpicInstrumentalOpener: ''Hospital Music'' opens with one to devastating effect.
* ExecutiveMeddling:
** The version of ''Beautiful Midnight'' released outside of Canada replaced three of the songs with a few songs (and hits) from the previous album, ''Underdogs''. The [[ConceptAlbum concept]] behind the album (each song representing an hour, from 5pm to 6am) is lost on this pressing, especially since the song for midnight itself, "Let's Get It On", is absent from this pressing. As this album was his band's breakthrough into the US audience, Good purposefully sabotaged all of his American press outings by being uncooperative or aloof.
** Before the release of ''The Audio of Being'', Good was told the record needed a radio-friendly hit. "Anti-Pop" was described by Good as his attempt at writing the worst song possible in order to fulfill this request. While it's arguably out of place on the record, this may be a case of [[TropesAreNotBad executive-enforced creativity]].
** Matt has gone on record, saying he's never been given as big a budget as he was for ''Avalanche'' ever again, due to it not selling as amazingly as the execs had hoped.
* GoldDigger: "She's In It for the Money."
* HiddenTrack: "Omissions of the Omen" from ''Last of the Ghetto Astronauts.''
* IAmTheBand: Accidental. "Matthew Good Band" was a stand-in name the band attached to their first single, ''Alabama Motel Room'', when it was sent to a local radio station while the band debated the name they wanted. Events made it impossible for them to contact the station before the single aired to change the band name ("Snowaxe"), and they stuck with it.
* IncrediblyLongNote: Good has pulled off more than a few, both on record and live, which is particularly impressive considering he was diagnosed with ''sarcoidosis'' and risked surgery that could have destroyed his voice.
* IndecipherableLyrics: Averted. In addition to publishing lyrics, Good enunciates ("livin'/"livid," for one example).
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Good's work with The Rodchester Kings remains a case of this. The limited-edition ''Loser Anthems'' EP and ''Lo-Fi B-Sides'' fit this trope until Good included them on the second, "bonus" CD of ''In a Coma: 1995-2005'' so that the songs would be easily accessible for all fans. For American fans, the "missing" tracks from ''Beautiful Midnight'', and the entirety of ''Underdogs'' and ''Last of the Ghetto Astronauts'' were this until the advent of Amazon Canada, iTunes, and/or the rise of file-sharing.
* LastChorusSlowDown: Used a fair few times in the period from ''Underdogs'' to ''The Audio of Being.''
* LongRunner: ''15 Hours on a September Thursday'' was a demo recorded after The Rodchester Kings won a radio contest and ''Last of the Ghetto Astronauts'' was released independently a year later, meaning Good's "mainstream" career began in ''the mid-90s.''
* LyricalColdOpen: Numerous. "Hello Time Bomb" may be the most prominent example.
* LyricalDissonance: It would be easier to count the aversions.
* ManlyTears: Try to find a Canadian older than 25 that doesn't get a little weepy during "Apparitions".
* MusicAtSportingEvents: Improbably enough, "Weapon." "Giant" begins as a parody of this, with a [[LyricalColdOpen cheerleader chant]] overtop an ominous riff.
* NonAppearingTitle: The phrase "last of the ghetto astronauts" appears nowhere in the album. The song with the same name was cut from the tracklist prior to release, making it something of a [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment oddity]].
* NoExportForYou: ''Last of the Ghetto Astronauts'' and ''Underdogs'' were never released in the United States, and there are significant differences between the Canadian and US editions of ''Beautiful Midnight.'' Somewhat [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in that ''Beautiful Midnight'' was when the band (and their label) first began to make a push into the American market, but very irritating for fans who found themselves having to order the original CD from Canada.
* PerishingAltRockVoice: Averted. Good's vocal range is ''huge.''
* PlayingTheHeartStrings: Any time an orchestra is employed, expect this. Played beautifully throughout ''Avalanche.''
* RefrainFromAssuming: Frequently: "Kickass" is titled "Giant," "You're Not My Girl" is "Anti-Pop," and many, many others.
* ToneShift: From album to album and from track to track.
* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion: A subversion of a subversion, and a rare serious example, in "House of Smoke and Mirrors":
-->''And loosely reconditioned to be just so refined
-->A last grasp at the life worth living
-->In these standard shoes and what's left of my lines''[[note]]This is not a forced rhyme, as "standard lines" is an English idiom. Changing the lyric to "In these tattered shoes, saying my standard lines" would fit the rhyme scheme and fit the expected phrasing. It's also not a word swap to force the rhyme. Switching the nouns to "standard shoes" and "left of my lines" is the double subversion: the rhyme is preserved, the imagery is left intact (not nonsensical), and there's no attempt at shoehorning a curse past.[[/note]]
* SurprisinglyGentleSong: Good is a fan of ending the album on one of these, particularly one that [[EpicRocking clocks over five minutes or so]]. This trope was largely subverted during the Matthew Good Band era due to [[LyricalDissonance huge amounts of lyrical dissonance]] with the occasional straight example. Something of a DiscreditedTrope since the start of Good's solo career, where has featured gentle songs that aren't about a serial killers.
** One of the band's largest hits, "Apparitions" is a ballad that goes rock for a guitar solo only.
* WallOfText: The video for "Weapon" features several that can only be read fully by pausing the video's playback.