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Trope Based Bio – Matthew Sweet

Matthew Sweet provides examples of the following tropes:

  • The Cover Changes the Meaning: “Beware My Love” by Wings is sung from the viewpoint of a jilted lover warning that his replacement will mistreat the woman he’s leaving while the narrator in Sweet’s version is an abusive lover apologizing for his misdeeds.
  • Cover Version: He contributed a cover of “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?” to the tribute album Saturday Morning: Cartoons’ Greatest Hits (the same album with The Ramones‘ breakneck cover of “Spider-Man”, incidentally).
  • Creator Breakdown:
    • GirlfriendAltered Beast and even 100% Fun, judging by some of the lyrics.
    • The audio clip from Caligula in the middle of Altered Beast would also seem to be a sign of this.
  • Darker and EdgierAltered Beast
  • Engrish: The title of Kimi Ga Suki is an inverse of this. As Sweet explains in the album’s liner notes: “If I did it correctly, the title should seem a little strange or wrong, but still meaningful! The true definition is supposed to be a ‘love you’ life, one devoted to loving someone or something, even life itself!”
  • Epic Rocking: “Thunderstorm”.
  • Fake-Out Fade-Out: “Divine Intervention”.
  • Longest Song Goes Last: At least three uses – In Reverse ends with 9:37 “Thunderstorm,” 100% Fun ends with 4:13 “Smog Moon,” and Sunshine Lies ends with 5:07 “Back of My Mind.” Inverted with Girlfriend, which put its longest track, “Divine Intervention” at 5:37, first.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: “Sick of Myself”.
  • Religion Rant Song: “Divine Intervention” isn’t as angry as XTC‘s “Dear God”, but it does pull a Holding Out for a Hero on God (the chorus goes We’re all counting on his/divine intervention) and voices doubts about his benevolence (Now does He love us?/I look around/And all I see is destruction).
  • Spoken Word in Music: “Intro,” from Altered Beast is a clip of dialogue from the film Caligula.
  • “Untitled” Title: “Untitled,” from In Reverse, works the word into the lyrics.


Puppeteer Parasite

A form of Body Horror common in alien invasion plots. Aliens, rather than invading in their own form, insert themselves into (usually unwilling or unaware) humans, whereupon they completely take over the host’s body, suppress their will, and generally make them not themselves. They generally do this because their natural form is some kind of grub or other not-very-formidable state.

They may have limited or total access to the host’s memory, but can generally fool casual observers. A possessed host typically gains increased strength, and sometimes additional wacky powers. They may also be able to affect a Voice of Evil or glowing eyes, to let the audience know what’s up.


Parasite? What parasite? This is just my stylish new hat. Ha ha.