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
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.
* * *
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."