YMMV / Matthew Good

  • Archive Panic: Good has been recording music since the early '90s and blogging since the mid-'90s. While the old forms of his blog are now spread across old harddrives and backups and are not coming back (though some posts still exist on fansites), that still leaves plenty of albums and EPs, not to mention demos, leaks, etc.
  • Creator's Favorite Episode: Matt has specifically said that he has no idea how "Avalanche" (the song, not the album) was ever created, and considers it his best work.
  • Creator Worship: Since Good maintains an active web presence and posts regularly, this trope is played dead straight. (Let's not even talk about the fansites.) Also overlaps with creator-pestering, as the same requests and complaints will be aired roughly once per month. Previous iterations of this trope led to Good taking down his blog.
  • Ear Worm: There are many. The most interesting case may be "Anti-Pop," a song Good was forced to write so the record would have a "hit." He stated that he attempted to write the worst song possible... good luck getting it out of your head.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Good followed Avalanche with White Light Rock & Roll Review, a deliberate throwback to rock anthems with a relatively simple structure (most of the time), then In a Coma, saying that releasing the greatest hits and out-of-print EPs was for the fans and he was now interested in moving on to "weirder" music. His next album, Hospital Music, is so tonally different from his previous work that you might be forgiven for thinking he had a nervous breakdown after his last release.
    • To a lesser extent, Beautiful Midnight and Loser Anthems, as well as the long production, were part of the initial reaction The Audio of Being. Good would later state that the unexpected runaway success of Beautiful Midnight colored the recording sessions of The Audio of Being, as the band was essentially driven mad with having to come up with a hit album to follow a hit album.
  • Signature Song: "Weapon." The Other Wiki notes its use. If you're in North America and know only one Matt Good song, it's this one.
  • Vindicated by History:
    • Last of the Ghetto Astronauts is the best-selling independent record in Canadian history (even thirty years later!). Good chose to release the record independently over signing a major deal in order to maintain creative freedom...leading to even better offers from labels.
    • The Audio of Being: It was a surprise to fans, who weren't sure what to make of it, and Good later made a number of derogatory comments, seemingly disowning the record. It still sold well, riding the success of Beautiful Midnight, and led to the band's breakup, and shortly after the start of his solo career, Good completely disavowed the album as schizophrenic audio garbage. After the release of White Light Rock and Roll Review, he revisited the album for In A Coma, and came away with a different take on it: there were a few bad songs on it, but the majority of the album is worthwhile, and he remixed "Truffle Pigs", "Tripoli" and "Advertising on Police Cars" as acoustic tracks for the bonus disc: matching Beautiful Midnight for "number of songs from an album remixed as acoustic tracks".
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