SUEDE

Suede

*Coming Up and Head Music*

Suede reintroduced 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.

They, Suede, 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 album Sci-Fi 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.

Brett's strong 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.Suede

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."

Lost in TV DVDIn 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.

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