Durante el año 1991, Sweet actuó como guitarrista de Lloyd Cole en sus giras por Estados Unidos, al tiempo que intentaba encontrar una discográfica que publicase su tercer LP. Finalmente lo logró con Zoo Entertainment, que publicó Girlfriend, un álbum en gran medida inspirado en su reciente divorcio, a finales de 1991.
(November 2012) Sidney Matthew Sweet (born October 6, 1964) is an American alternative rock / power pop singer-songwriter and musician who was part of the burgeoning music scene in Athens, Georgia, during the 1980s before gaining commercial success in the 1990s as a solo artist.
Cole subsequently relocated to New York City and recorded with various musicians, including Fred Maher, Robert Quine and Matthew Sweet. 1990–1992: Lloyd Cole and Don't Get Weird on Me Babe. This solo setting produced two studio albums, Lloyd Cole in 1990 – preceded by the single "No Blue Skies" – and Don't Get Weird on Me Babe ...
The song reached No. 4 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart and No. 10 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in Billboard magazine.  In July 2017, Sweet told WXRT radio in Chicago that a friend and musician on the album, Lloyd Cole, convinced him that it was a good song worthy of the album. 
Before the release of the album, Cole plus Fred Maher, Matthew Sweet, Nicky Holland and Sprague Hollander performed as a live covers band under the monikers 'The Bob Dylan Band' and 'Billy Blake and The Eternals'. A bootleg of them performing at CBGBs currently circulates on the internet.
Matthew Sweet – all vocals, electric rhythm guitars, acoustic guitars, lead guitar, bass, co-production; Robert Quine – electric lead guitar; Richard Lloyd – electric lead guitar; Ric Menck – drums; Fred Maher – drums, additional rhythm guitar, co-production; Lloyd Cole – additional rhythm guitar