I received a rather lovely e-mail the other day from Berlin courtesy of Thomas in which he queried whether I had a disdain for Suede given that they hadn’t featured on the blog.  I was surprised this was the case – the band had certainly been on the old blog a few times  – but indeed Thomas was right.  In what is now fast approaching 1,000 posts, I haven’t mentioned Suede except in passing.

I wasn’t fortunate enough to latch on to them so early that I saw them in 1992 when they played what is now regarded as a legendary gig at King Tut’s in Glasgow, but I was in the audience on 1 April 1993 when they returned to the city on the tour promoting the self-titled debut LP that had been released just a few days earlier.  The gig was at the now demolished Plaza Ballroom on the south side of the city and it remains in my memory as one of the most dynamic and energetic performances that I’ve ever witnessed, in the main down to the astonishing guitar playing from Bernard Butler although to be fair Brett Anderson was a terrific frontman.

There were three singles issued in advance of the album.  I bought all of them on CD and what was particularly impressive was the quality of the b-sides.  In all, you’d find nine tracks and there’s a case to be made that almost all of them would all find their way onto an ICA…well they would if I was penning it.

The down side was that having made so many great tracks available so early on that some of the tracks on the debut LP initially sort of felt like a bit of a letdown in comparison.  A few weeks later a fourth single then lifted from the album (again with two new b-sides – no remixes or live versions for these boys) and then on Valentine’s Day 1994 the band issued their fifth single, a brand new song with two more new songs.

It was an astonishing run of 45s that even now, more than 20 years on are well worth a listen.  It’s not that I fell out of love with Suede after this, but they had set such a high standard that was going to be impossible to maintain that I became a bit detached. I still bought the singles and albums but never went out of  my way to see them in the live setting.  Besides, and although the new line-up was still enthralling, it wasn’t the same without Bernard.

mp3 : Suede – The Drowners
mp3 : Suede – To The Birds
mp3 : Suede – My Insatiable One

mp3 : Suede – Metal Mickey
mp3 : Suede – Where The Pigs Don’t Fly
mp3 : Suede – He’s Dead

mp3 : Suede – Animal Nitrate
mp3 : Suede – Painted People
mp3 : Suede – The Big Time

mp3 : Suede – So Young
mp3 : Suede – Dolly
mp3 : Suede – High Rising

mp3 : Suede – Stay Together (edit)
mp3 : Suede – The Living Dead
mp3 : Suede – My Dark Star
mp3 : Suede – Stay Together (full version)



  1. Felt the later LPs they kind of became a parody of themselves …. With every other song seeming to have gasoline in the lyrics. However the 2’comeback LPs have been fantastic , with the latest my lp of the yr so far. Also the b side collection Sci fi lullabies shows they were up there with the smiths in the effort they put in to the singled

  2. I can agree with FoWR here for the most part, there was a dip, but the last two albums are great. Night Thoughts which is just about 2 months old now, is getting regular play here and Outsiders is certainly near or at the top of the list of my favorite songs so far in 2016.
    As for the sea change with Bernard Butler leaving the band, I think they did a great job of adjusting and dealing with the outside chatter it caused.

  3. Today I bought Dog Man Star from Oxfam exeter. It’s wonderful.
    Weirdly I hated it when it first came out. I think Stay Together is their best single and in The Living Dead they have a song better than most bands ever even dream of writing. Top stuff JC. Thanks.

  4. When I belatedly started falling, hard, for Suede in what was laughable YEARS after their rise to prominence, I was delighted to find that here was a band with more B-sides than album tracks! There were NO remixes in the middle of an era where I despised remix styles [yes!]! I did not become a Suede fan until hearing “She’s In Fashion” in [gasp] 1999. Why did I discount Suede for seven years? I blame the NME. A friend “gifted” me with an Air Mail subscription as a birthday present one year and I grew so tired of the buildup that when I finally heard an early single [either “The Drowners” or “Metal Mickey”] it was non-plussing in the extreme compared to the hyperbole I’d been exposed to [for the first time, really] as an American on the outside looking in through the NME porthole.

  5. Can’t disagree with you at all here; like you, I bought the first 3 on CD single and I think I probably ended up listening to the extra tracks more than the lead single. Jacques is right (as always), The Drowners is the pick of the bunch. After that.-.well the Butler exit wasn’t long away which explains a lot. And yes, the new albums are mighty fine too. Good to have them back.

  6. I adore Dog man star, it’s a masterpiece. And coming up is a pure glam pop stompathon. After that they went downhill..
    However they have since returned with 2 fine Lp’s and this years Night Thoughts is as good/if not better than their early stuff.

    I met Bernard late last year after a McCalmont & Butler gig. What a lovely guy.

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