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)