pop into rock, combining a lyrical content of grim, sordid, squalor
of the suburbs and repressed English lives, with the glamour and tragedy
of the chemical culture, love and melancholy. Portrayed in elegant soaring
ballads, sumptuous swaggering stomp-rock, and bristling arrogant pop
tunes, this is the essence of Suede World.
are renowned for their passionate, close-knit fan base, and their legendary
fan club only gigs. These fans are loyal to the point of being outcasts,
but their devotion allows them to admire and adapt each time the band
changes the tune.
And Suede does
this each album. Heralded as the "Comeback Of the Century" by Select
Magazine when all had looked doom and gloom in the Suede camp, their
1996 third album Coming
Up included several three and a half minute classy pop tunes,
needed to re-establish Suede with that album selling ability, but also
containing music that re-enhanced their credibility; that they could
write with that flamboyant, passionate quality produced in the past. And it worked. And this is
the first release of this Album, 'Trash'.
A double compilation
Lullabies filled with their additional tracks - Suede do
not have B-sides - was released in 1997. Ranked among the best albums
of that year, it emphasized the quality of their music from 1992 to
1997. 'My Insatiable One' and the all encompassing 'Killing of a Flash
boy' could have both made Number One, had they been released as A sides.
Here is 'Killing of a Flashboy' live.
Suede have remained
in that indefinable category, the type of cult band that attracts lifelong
commitment or conversely, intense hatred. Influenced by David Bowie,
The Smiths and The Pet Shop Boys, they play for the pure love of their
own music. The sounds of The Sex Pistols filtering through the venue
prior to a Suede gig, convey to the audience the diversity of the band's
tastes and their wide acceptance of other genres.
vocals, bold, lush or falsetto according to the song, align well with
Richard's whipping, stomping presentation. Mat and Simon set the pace,
and with Neil's serene presence on keyboards, this all combined well
to give Suede's hungry fans many a sleepless night until the release
of the new album Head
Music in 1999.
It was described
by Mat in NME as "really varied, really electric, very modern and quite
spiky and hard edged for us.". Brett in NME said, "Head Music was just
a phrase I heard people start saying... We'd be in the studio and we'd
just say 'this sounds like head music!' At first it meant that what
we were doing sounded quite theoretical. It just grew from there. I
found it intriguing."
Despite the different
sounds, it still was all Suede and Head
Music received rave reviews around the world. Here is the
promo video of 'Electricity'.
*Note from Creator* It is from here that I will give progress of Suede
as things occur. I want to add news as it happens instead of having
to redo the entire section. It will be easier for you and me.
In April 2001,
Tony Hoffer, producer of the next Suede LP, arrived in London from Los
Angeles. Tony, who produced Beck's Midnite Vultures, expected proper
recording to start at the end of May. In Q Magazine, Brett said,"I wanted
this album to lose the plastic edge that's associated with Suede and
to have a lot more positive soul energy. I wanted to make sure it was
actually written before we set foot in the studios. One of the problems
with our last album was very much, Let's go into the studio and see
what happens. With this one, there's a real sense of purpose." Which
could explain the delay in the album, seeing that this was written in
November. The album originally planned for release at the end of the
year or early next year had been delayed again. It is expected to be
released in the second half of 2002.
Suede have returned
to the studio in January to resume work on their new album. Production
duties now lay in the hands of Stephen Street who has worked with The
Smiths, Blur and the Cranberries. Mat Osman told NME that "Its much
warmer and simpler than the last one. The songwriting is classic Suede
but the sentiment of it is much more up than anything we've done for
a long time." He also admits that Neil's departure had been one reason
for the album's delay. "The whole thing with Neil leaving was horrible.
We've cleaned up our act and sorted ourselves out a little bit."
the meantime the band have released a DVD/Video of all the videos promoting
their 17 singles, released to date. The DVD also contains interviews,
the band's reviews of the videos and rare footage in the studio and
on tour. The video does not have these extras.