SUEDE

*2011 and Band Members*



The next two paragraghs are taken from the book "Suede: Love and Poison", the authorised biograghy by David Barnett (Andrť Deutsch Ltd London 2003).

Five months later, in the first interview since Bernard's departure, Brett Anderson told NME: "The history of this f****** band is ridiculous. It's like Machiavelli rewriting Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas. It involves a cast of thousands. It should star Charlton Heston...it's like a pram that's just been pushed down a hill. It's always been fiery and tempestuous and really on the edge and it never stops. I don't think it ever will. It would make a f****** good book."

That was back in August 1994, though the quote could have easily come from almost any point in the band's tumultuous career.

Let's now move to the last page in the book where David Barnett says:'The only predictable thing about Suede's future is that it will be utterly unpredictable.'

Never has a truer word been written now that the band has reformed after all this time. And an absolute delight to all those who have loved and missed Suede for too long. There is so much to say about this reunion and the gigs played since that I'm sure most of you reading this will know of all and have attended these performances already.

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These above remasters were released from May 30. They are massive three-disc editions of each of the bandís studio LPs, from 1993 2s self-titled debut to 2002 2s A New Morning. The sets feature two CDs featuring the remastered original albums, the bandís many non-LP B-sides and many unreleased demos and outtakes, along with DVDs that combine music videos and vintage live performances with new interviews with principal members of the band. They are not in Suede Music yet as that will take a while to do.

A new Album is finally out in 2013 called Bloodsports and had a debut at # 10 on the UK charts. That is really cool and I think people are glad to see Suede back and playing good music.

Youtube of "Barriers".

Bloodsports by Stephen Thomas Erlewine from AllMusic

"Suede didn't so much disband as unravel. Racked by too many indulgences and addictions, the group faded away in the early years of the new millennium, leaving behind a somewhat tarnished conclusion to what was a glorious career.

Brett Anderson slowly got himself back on track, first reuniting with original Suede guitarist Bernard Butler for the rather excellent one-shot band the Tears, then carving out a contemplative solo identity where much of the squalor, sex, and grime of Suede was stripped away, leaving behind contemplative pop and broken-hearted ruminations.

Eventually, as it came time to repackage and reissue the Brit-pop glory years and the prospect of high-dollar live reunions lurked, there seemed to be one logical next move: to reunite Suede as a going concern. After all, Anderson had quietly honed his craft on those solo albums, but few noticed; Suede gives him the platform he deserves. He seizes that opportunity on Bloodsports, a reunion of the Coming Up lineup lacking any of that record's gleeful, hedonistic trash.

Instead, this incarnation of Suede favors the darkly majestic, romantic bent of the Butler era, with a major difference: they've replaced Butler's operatic sweep by proudly sporting the scars of time. Anderson is no longer romanticizing doomed love, he's soldiering on and his fight against the dying light gives Bloodsports an air of optimism underneath its elegant melancholy.

Also, it helps that he, guitarist Richard Oakes, and Neil Codling -- a keyboardist who began his stint in the band serving almost as decoration, and has now developed into a valued collaborator, contributing songwriting credits to over half the album -- have constructed an elegantly lean, quietly forceful collection of songs that emphasize how Suede play ballads as if they're anthems and vice-versa.

Where Head Music and A New Morning felt fractured and confused, Bloodsports is precise and purposeful. By excising the neon-colored glam that came to define the band in the years after Coming Up, Suede wear their middle age with style. Never once do they sound desperate on Bloodsports; they sound confident, and comfortable in the knowledge that this is where they all should be."

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