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  2. You know, listening to the end of the Town Pump interview, if one listens closely enough as the interviewer is going into the bar- though perhaps this is just my imagination transferring something I had just listened to- the bass line there almost does sound like the bass line that Geoff plays after the bridge of Sharks from the 2:40-3:12 mark. In fact...I just listened to it again after writing the above sentence and I'm sure it's the same bass line. Compare the bass riff at the 2:40-3:12 section of the Sharks video to the bass line in the background of the Town Pump video at the 5:40-5:51 section (just as the interviewer enters the Town Pump). It's the same bass line which means that it was at the very least played twice live, if not incorporated into their set on a more regular basis during that period. Makes one wonder if there were other unreleased songs from that time period that were played live too. Even though I know he hates the original version of Fearless (which is still beyond me to fathom how anyone could not like that song), I agree that it's encouraging. I would love to hear an acoustic/full band version of his new rendition of that (similar to what OLP did with their I and I at Much back in 2000). Not that I don't like his new stuff as well- I really do- but it's nice to get a mix of everything from an audience's stand point. That's a fair point. I think it's just human nature to appreciate and chase after things that are difficult to attain simply from the standpoint of curiosity. But, again, given the unconventional nature of the song, and the extremely uplifting mood it brings about, I still do think it would be a stand out track regardless (for me anyways). Kind of makes me wish it had made it onto Raygun. Then again if it had I probably wouldn't have been as hysterically thrilled to have finally heard it after all these years this week, lol. And yes, "Revenge". By God...everything about that song (at least from the brief snippets we heard of it posted on Geoff's memorial page) suggested it was a stand out track. To this day the bass line he was playing is one of my favorite bass lines ever. It's so oxymoronically relaxed and yet leading to something explosive at the same time as was evidenced by the intense rhythm guitar Matt was shown to play during the brief shot of the chorus that was recorded. That's not to mention both Ian and Charlie Quintanna doing what looked like some wicked drum work in the studio. Everything about that video- getting to see what it was like for the band to work on it and discuss it's progression- was so cool and appreciated. Who knows, maybe if a concert from that time period ever surfaces we could get lucky and see it performed. I don't think they would have bothered recording it if they hadn't tested it out live before given that in the Sharks interview Matt mentioned they had been playing LOTGA songs live for a year and half before the album was actually released.
  3. Unconventional is definitely the key word. It is such an unusual approach. I remember dissecting those brief snippets for years and wondering where the song would go based on that, safe to say I did not expect what actually does happen. I agree with your appraisal that it would not have worked as a radio song, which is so interesting because they chose to focus on it as one of the songs from this performance. Geoff always claimed they played two songs that day, but apparently only Sharks was broadcast. I suspect the other song played was something more traditional for this kind of show, which makes the choice to go with Sharks for broadcast an even more unusual one. Thankfully for us they did, or we'd still be waiting to hear it. But what compelled the band or the network to push this song which A) was very unconventional and B) was not about to be released? It would be very interesting to hear Matt's thoughts on this song, why it was played that day and why it was never recorded or potentially abandoned. One has to imagine if they played it for this show it was probably being played live at other shows at the time although no recordings or proven setlists exist from that time period to verify that. The song has some very unusual lyrics, very over the top which is fairly characteristic of some of Matt's early writing. I wonder if that is part of the reason he disowns this time period for the most part? Perhaps when he looks back its for him like an equivalent of one of us going back and reading scribbled messages in an old high school notebook. One thing that is interesting is that after years of completely ignoring this period of his music he has started to revisit it and play some of it in his sets. During his last acoustic tour there were some shows with three songs from LOTGA and another from Raygun. I don't think Matt has had any concerts with three songs from LOTGA since probably 1998, maybe even earlier. Given that his back catalog has only continued to grow since then it was pretty encouraging to see that. Back to Sharks, I do think it fits the bridge nicely from the LOTGA/Raygun era to the Underdogs one, but while I do like the song, I do think that part of its appeal is because it is the great lost MGB song. Had it been recorded and released on an album I think many of us would just think of it as an average track at the time. I wonder if it will be the last "new" MGB song we'll ever get to hear? With Matt being very much against revisiting anything from an archival release standpoint from that era, it's unlikely something will slip out...then again Sharks was broadcast on National television and it took us over 20 years to get it to the masses, so maybe someday Revenge will slip out.
  4. Just thought I'd start a thread for people to discuss the song and their thoughts. Given how long a lot of us waited to hear it I kind of wondered if it was possible for the final product to meet my expectations. It happens sometimes that you build something up in your mind so much, based on a small section of something, that the end product ends up being a bit of a let down (Vampires, from OLP, comes to mind). And yet, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this. At first, despite being ecstatic that I was finally getting to hear it, I thought to myself that I could kind of understand why it was never recorded as a studio song. The song structure is very unconventional and probably not something that would be easy for many to catch on to. And yet...I still think it's a fantastic song for many different reasons, most of which apply to a lot of songs from Matt's early career. The barely containable energy and fast rhythm of Matt's guitar playing, and his vocal performance (loved the brief moments of falsetto when he sings "Guys like me" and his lead vocals after the bridge that were extremely reminiscent of his pre-LOTGA days) are just a few of those things. Another is that the song showcases a lot of the other band members talents. Dave's thick, skilled and creative keyboard playing add such a texture/depth to the song and Ian's drumming, as was the case with most of his early work, is so busy and lush. And then Geoff, as usual, provides such groovy and soulful bass that was, as usual, very defining for a lot of those early songs from Matt. Then there is, again, the song structure. Despite it being unconventional, I think that's what makes it so great. The long intro, the unexpected joining of the full band, the bridge (which has such a great feel and progression) being placed in place of where you would expect the second chorus, and then the lead vocals Matt does after, which lead into the last chorus, and the outro- all of it is like one big "fuck you" to the traditional verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, chorus song structures. To me, that's exactly what makes it so much fun to listen to- because everything is a fresh surprise. I honestly can't listen to it without having my mood lifted. It's honestly like listening to magic for me. As a slight aside, I've talked to others about this before, but I honestly can not wrap my head around how Matt can hate these songs so much, especially given how creative and soulful they were. I mean, something like the Audio of Being being hated by him, despite it being a fantastic album (from a listeners standpoint anyways) makes sense because he has such bad memories associated with recording the songs, but the LOTGA material/era was never talked about by him as a time period where in fighting and ego were a big issue, so I've always found his hate for it bizarre. But, each to their own guess. Anyways, just my thoughts. What did everyone else think of Sharks?
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  6. Interesting. Kinda surprised by his good-but-not-great sentiments toward Lights of Endangered Species. I know this sort of stuff is all subjective, but it's like splitting hairs for me between that album, Hospital Music, and Avalanche (toss in Beautiful Midnight if we're including MGB)... though when push comes to shove, I might have to concur with HM standing above the rest (though only by mere millimeters, imo): it might not reach the peaks of Avalanche or become as adventurous and daring as LoES, but, to my ears, it's his most complete record.
  7. gursky

    MGB Footage

    It's wonderful that decades can go by and it's still possible to unearth a treasure like this. The amount of effort to obtain this from the Lloyd family and digitize it is no small feat and a gigantic thank you to everyone involved. This is a gem for all of us, and as MG said in the "Sharks of Downtown" video, he created classic rock of the future and here we are.
  8. This is amazing, thank you.
  9. That goes double for me. That live version of She's Got a New Disguise was absolutely amazing. I hope Matt and the band play that song live in future. Geoff's live guitar playing sounded great. I've never heard it so clear before. Matt sure looked young with so many different hairstyles. I enjoyed watching the videos. They were very interesting.
  10. Wow this is amazing stuff. Loving it all. Thanks guys for doing all this. Never would have thought I would have seen all this.
  11. I have been waiting since 2001, ever since I saw a clip of it on the MMM Bio, to hear Sharks and this interview. The other stuff looks f***ing great too. Something from the The Town Pump? Seriously?! Sweeeeeeeet sweetness!!! Hahahahaha!!! I'm downloading all of it as I type this and am as giddy as a school girl right now Honestly haven't been this excited for something in a loooong time Thank you so much, all of you- Chad, Adam, and Sue. This means mountains to me. Edit- My brain just exploded. I can not believe I just watched a live performance of Native Son. F***CKING NATIVE.SON! I honestly don't think I can process that. Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!! Seeing the entire band that young is something else. I never thought I'd get to see a live video performance of a song from that album. That was indescribably glorious. Sharks was bloody awesome too. Very reminiscent of his Pre-MGB songs (especially the lyrical performance). I don't know why they decided to play that that day too but I'm so glad they did!
  12. Came across this piece by Mac Cameron recently, I know you guys'd appreciate it. A thoughtfully articulated commentary on many (most) of my favourite musicians can be elusive, this is good reflection from a true fan. https://dominionated.ca/features/loser-anthems-matthew-good/
  13. I agree they're very similar. When Mark Hollis passed away in February I finally took the time to listen to some Talk Talk. Both of these songs sound musically and vocally inspired by 'New Grass' from Talk Talk's '91 record Laughing Stock. I think there's little chance they aren't, given the similarities. They're all beautiful pieces in their own right, easily top third of Matt's catalogue in my opinion.
  14. And the videos are now live on my site http://mattgood.plastic-soldier.com/downloads-video.php The first 5 videos on the page are the newly added ones, with the awesomeness of the first video being the entire performance of Sharks Of Downtown! I did create an MP3 of the song from the video. linked on the main page (http://mattgood.plastic-soldier.com/) as well as on the audio downloads page
  15. Yeah the sneak peaks are sounding real good so far. I really like this one: I liked that the sound for the Something Like A Storm album showcased yet another different sound for Matt but this is more my speed.
  16. Thanks again for the heads up, Adam. Really looking forwards to it Aside from material of the early days of the band being so rare, to my knowledge the only video that exists of Geoff performing with them is the Mike Bullard performance of Indestructible, and that is a shame given what he brought to the table. He was such a unique, skilled, inventive, soulful and talented bass player.
  17. Sounds amazing! Thank you for your efforts!!!
  18. Last year i mentioned some footage i was hoping to obtain that would contain some pretty rare video of the Matthew Good Band. Well after many months of waiting i was finally able to get that material, transfer it and with Chad's help we have got it uploaded and it will be shared through his site tomorrow. Unfortunately the amount of material was less than originally thought thanks to tapes being lent and never returned however the material that was still there although brief is still pretty incredible and goes right back to the start of the Matthew Good Band. For most here theyve probably never seen any of this. And those that have its probably been well over twenty years since they did. Im Very excited to have been able to find this stuff and get it transfered and very grateful for Chad offering his web site to host this material so that Matt Good fans can see it. I recently asked Matt if he would consider a chronological live album or footage release and while i wont go into specifics of his reasoning here, he was pretty emphatic that he would not. So for the time being these kinds of attic discoveries are our only way to find material such as this. So if you know anyone who might have taped shows on MUCH or videoed concerts they went to, reach out and ask if they happened to record any Matthew Good. You never know what might be turned up. Finally these tapes are being released as a tribute to MGB bass player Geoff Lloyd. Most of this material stems from Geoffs time in the band and is some of the only live footage we have from Geoffs era. It really showcases what he brought to the group and his contributions to some incredible music. Im very proud to be a part of the group putting this stuff out there because hopefully it will help people to remember Geoff and the band during his tenure.
  19. I really do love this guy. Such an under appreciated artist.
  20. Added August 4 - Gables In The Bend Grand Bend, Ontario [Tickets/Info | Facebook]
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  22. Any chance this user is still kicking around on the board here, but just as a different user? I know their profile says they last visited back in 2005 so I know it's a long shot, but I'm looking to try and find rare MGB stuff that hasn't found its way onto Youtube yet so I can get it up there.
  23. It seems to be that the ending of that episode was very anticlimactic and made much of the character buildup relating to John Snow and Danny, pointless. I makes so sense to me to have all of the character building (ice & fire) over the past 8 years for it to end that way. Arya was about revenge for her family against the conspiracy started by Littlefinger, her story did not involve the Night King. Thats how I see it.
  24. This is...really epic, exciting, and organic sounding https://www.instagram.com/p/Bw8p_t-g_v2/ Hopefully it leads somewhere big. Though Something Like a Storm sounded like it was going somewhere massive too and then just faded out, so hopefully this one is a little different in that sense. I doubt Matt would share the climax of a song before it was finished.
  25. Agreed, seems like the material was already written. Not even sure how much James Iha really even played on it, nothing real distinctive that screams him. Hopefully the followup material will be more collaborative. Lots of touring together happened since this last one was made.
  26. What did you think? SPOILERS AHEAD For my part, I'll admit I was on the edge of my seat the entire time and that I was cheering when Arya was able to drop the Night King. Likewise, I thought they handled the 4 deaths quite well, especially Theon's. To see him not make the wrong choice this time when his back was against the wall was a good finale for him and it even seemed like the NK gave him some low key respect when he bothered to look down at him on the ground. However, in retrospect, there were things I wasn't a fan of either: -The lighting for episode was terrible (though admittedly perhaps on purpose to try and give the audience an idea of what it was like for those there). -It felt like, given the number of wrights, more main characters should have died. Don't get me wrong, four long time characters going out (two of them being main characters), isn't nothing, but it just felt unrealistic for so many other main characters to come out of that alive given the numbers they were swarmed by (much like in episode 6 of last season). -As tension filled as it was, it feels like the death of the Night King was almost....too soon. While we know "what" he was trying to do (at least according to Bran/The 3 Eyed Raven), we still don't know "why" he was doing it. What motivated him? Perhaps we'll still find out in these last few episodes, but it's possible we won't. Lastly- and this is just a random thought- there is something very off about Bran. It feels like there is more going on with him than we know and while that may seem obvious to some, I feel like there is more going on with him in a bad way. I can't explain it but after the end of this episode...I feel like there is going to be a reveal that Bran/the 3 Eyed Raven is not what we all thought.
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