100% Fun

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100% Fun
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Studio album by Matthew Sweet
Released Vinyl: February 28, 1995
CD, Cassette: March 14, 1995[1]
Genre Alternative rock
Length 41:06
Label Zoo Entertainment
Producer Brendan O'Brien
Matthew Sweet chronology
Son of Altered Beast
(1994)Son of Altered Beast1994
100% Fun
(1995)
Blue Sky on Mars
(1997)Blue Sky on Mars1997

100% Fun is the fifth album by alternative rock musician Matthew Sweet. It was released on Zoo Entertainment in 1995.[2]

Release[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Chicago Tribune 3/4 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly B+[4]
The Guardian 4/4 stars[5]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[6]
Spin 8/10[7]
The Village Voice B+[8]

The album was met with moderate commercial success and favorable reviews. The single "Sick of Myself" reached #2 on the Billboard Modern Rock chart and appeared on the top 100 pop song charts of the day. Critic David Browne of Entertainment Weekly, who included 100% Fun on his year's-best list, wrote in his review that it "makes you feel as if a good pop hook can solve any crisis."[4] The title of the album was derived from Kurt Cobain's 1994 suicide note.[9]

Details[edit]

The song "Sick of Myself" was covered by the band Bowling for Soup for their album Bowling for Soup Goes to the Movies. In 2005, indie rock band Death Cab For Cutie also performed a cover of the song for NPR's World Cafe.[10]

The song "Everything Changes" was featured in the film The Babysitters Club.

"Sick of Myself" appeared on an episode of Hindsight.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Matthew Sweet[11].

No. Title Length
1. "Sick of Myself" 3:38
2. "Not When I Need It" 3:27
3. "We're the Same" 3:03
4. "Giving It Back" 3:28
5. "Everything Changes" 3:49
6. "Lost My Mind" 4:43
7. "Come to Love" 2:26
8. "Walk Out" 3:24
9. "I Almost Forgot" 2:54
10. "Super Baby" 3:15
11. "Get Older" 2:46
12. "Smog Moon" 4:13

Personnel[edit]

  • Matthew Sweet – vocals (1 - 12), electric rhythm guitar (1 - 8, 10 - 12), electric lead guitar (3, 11), acoustic guitar (3, 8, 9), electric bass (1 - 12), piano (2, 9, 11), harpsichord (11), synthesizer (10), theremin (6)
  • Robert Quine – electric lead (2, 6, 10) and rhythm (3, 7, 9) guitars
  • Richard Lloyd – electric lead (1, 4 - 6, 8) and rhythm (11) guitars
  • Greg Leisz – lap (2, 12) and pedal (5, 9) steel guitars, mandolin (8)
  • Stuart Johnson – drums (2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11)
  • Ric Menck – drums (1, 3, 6, 9, 12)
  • Brendan O'Brien – electric lead (2) and rhythm (1, 10) guitars, acoustic and slide guitars (8), piano (4, 5, 12), mellotron (6), clavinet (7), harpsichord (8)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maples, Tina (1995-01-29). "Cranking up the old machine. A couple of blasts from the past highlight the new releases". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. p. 8. Following the lead of Pearl Jam and others, Sweet's album will be released on vinyl first (Feb. 28), with CDs and cassettes to follow March 14. 
  2. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "100% Fun – Matthew Sweet". AllMusic. Retrieved May 3, 2011. 
  3. ^ Kot, Greg (March 9, 1995). "Bitter Sweet". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 15, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Browne, David (April 14, 1995). "100% Fun". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 3, 2011. 
  5. ^ Smith, Andrew (March 31, 1995). "Matthew Sweet: 100% Fun (Zoo/BMG)". The Guardian. 
  6. ^ "Matthew Sweet: 100% Fun". Rolling Stone. April 6, 1995. Archived from the original on October 1, 2007. Retrieved May 3, 2011. 
  7. ^ Salamon, Jeff (April 1995). "Matthew Sweet: 100% Fun". Spin. 11 (1): 196–97. Retrieved May 15, 2017. 
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert (April 9, 1996). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved May 15, 2017. 
  9. ^ Ep #9: Matthew Sweet - Stripped Down Live with Curt Smith https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFmM0m8Gch4
  10. ^ http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4962378
  11. ^ "100% Fun Information". Amazon.com. Retrieved May 3, 2011.