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Suede (also known as The London Suede) are a British Alternative Rock band (Started 1989; went on breakup/hiatus between 2003-2010) known for being one of the bands to startBritpop, with a distinct glam rock style influenced by The Smiths and David Bowie. They gained press hype even before releasing their debut album, described by Melody Maker as "The Best New Band in Britain" as early as 1992. The following year, their debut album Suede, went to the top of the charts becoming the fastest-selling debut album in almost a decade. Their next album, however, Dog Man Star, suffered in popularity due to a troubled production and Creative Differences between the band's lead singer, Brett Anderson, and guitarist Bernard Butler. This resulted in the departure of Butler and his replacement by Richard Oakes, a young fan of the band who got in thanks to a tape he recorded sent them of him playing some Suede songs (Drummer Simon Gilbert mistakenly believed it to be an early demo tape with Butler when he heard Anderson playing it back, going through audition tapes sent to them).Their next album Coming Up became their largest success mainstream success, mainly in the UK, as in the US it was released a nearly year later and had only a short American tour. It was backed by hit singles "Trash", "Saturday Night" and "Beautiful Ones". However, their following albums - Head Music and (especially) A New Morning - were met much less warmly, which led to the band's breakup in 2003.In 2004, Anderson and Butler started a new group under the name The Tears, but broke up again after a single album, Here Come the Tears.Suede reunited in 2010 for a series of concerts, and after three years of gigs went on to release a new (well-received) album, Bloodsports.Discography
Dog Man Star (1994)
Coming Up (1996)
Head Music (1999)
A New Morning (2002)
Brett Anderson - vocals (1989–2003; 2010–present)
Mat Osman - bass (1989–2003; 2010–present)
Simon Gilbert - drums (1991–2003; 2010–present)
Richard Oakes - lead guitar, piano (1994–2003; 2010–present)
Neil Codling - keyboards, rhythm guitar (1996–2001; 2010–present)
B-Side: Sci-Fi Lullabies (a compilation album consisting of the band's B-sides from the singles released with their first three albums) is reckoned by critics to be equal in quality to Stheir better studio albums.
Camp Straight: despite his rather effeminate appearance and style in the 90s, Anderson's now a married man with two children. (He did, however, infamously proclaim himself "a bisexual man who's never had a homosexual experience").
Drummer Simon Gilbert, the only band member who actually is gay, later echoed this statement, joking that he was "a bisexual man who's never had a heterosexual experience".
Darker and Edgier: Suede already had a lot of dark slow songs, but Dog Man Star focused on even darker sounds, influenced by art-rock and with elements of the lyrics influenced by drug use. Proving relatively commercially unsuccessful, it was followed by the Lighter and SofterComing Up.
Brett Anderson: People think about gay sex and never really think about it romantically. They see sadness, romance and loss as purely a heterosexual thing. There's a definite domestic violence feel to 'Animal Nitrate.' But behind that there's a real sadness.
Brett Anderson: [My aunt] had this lover and he was black and Hayward's Heath is a small town and in the early '80s I guess it was very taboo. And basically they committed joint suicide together. They drove a car into a garage and just turned the exhaust on and killed themselves.
Epic Rocking: "The Ashphalt World", "Stay Together" and "The Chemistry Between Us" are all over 7 minutes in length.
Genre Popularizer: Suede may not have been the first Britpop record, but it was the first popular britpop record and thus codified and fostered the genre. Ironically, the band think little of britpop and have since tried to distance themselved from it.
Getting Crap Past the Radar: since their songs are commonly about sex and/or drugs, this sort of thing tended to happen - most prominently with "Animal Nitrate".
Brett Anderson: I had this schoolboy-ish fantasy to sneak an overtly sexual song with the framework of pop. I was amazed it got daytime radio play, considering the title is a play on amyl nitrate.
Intercourse with You: a lot of Suede songs quite blatantly fall into this category, with "Asphalt World" and "Animal Nitrate" being just two examples.
Last Note Nightmare: Could "The Next Life" count in a very odd way? The album closer to 1993's Suede, "The Next Life" is a beautiful piano ballad that ends at about 2:57. But the song's silence continues until 3:39. You sit there and continue waiting for something to happen, and while nothing scary ever happens, it can really freak someone who is either Genre Savvy or has just sat through The Cure's "Subway Song" out.