If you know what I’m talking about, congratulations (the Suede PR department is brilliantly snarky, by the way)! If you don’t, read on.
Suede have finally finished their 7th album, titled Night Thoughts, and will unveil the album live with a film at the Roundhouse venue in London. The teaser for the album has some serious shoegaze-y vibes. Brett, I don’t know what you’re doing, but I’m really curious about that teaser – and I hope it’s going to sound as good as Bloodsports was! Shoegaze was at its peak in the early 90s while Suede were still peddling their wares as sleazy, dangerous rent-boys… and Brett is a well-known fan of The Horrors, so so this will be very, very interesting.
If you’re scratching your head and going “Suede – who are they?”..oh well, never mind. Suede are:
- that 90s band from Britain who were hastily stuffed under the “Britpop” tag by journalists too eager to slap scene labels in their magazines. They may have single-handedly invented the hype process, of which the NME are guilty of. (See: Best New Band In Britain! headline on most NME issues)
- They are made up of Brett Anderson (vocals/tantric dancer), Richard Oakes (guitarist), Neil Codling(keyboards/guitar/one-time lizard man), Mat Osman (bass/the art of loftiness) and Simon Gilbert (drums). Former members include Justine Frischmann (guitarist/backing vocals) and Justin Welch (drums) who left and started Elastica, Bernard Butler (guitarist) and Alex Lee, formerly from Strangelove (keyboards).
- Suede made three fantastic albums – the self-titled debut, Dog Man Star and Coming Up. Head Music and A New Morning were, well – not great. Following a 10-year hiatus after splitting in 2003, they reformed in 2011, initially to perform and raise funds for Teenage Cancer Trust, but decided to tour again. Suede subsequently released Bloodsports in 2013. (this is a fantastic album, by the way.)
If you’re still wondering who the blazes are Suede..perhaps some visual material might jog your rusty memories?
Suede, Mark 1 (with original guitarist Bernard Butler, last from left.) Credit: Kevin Cummins (Getty Images)
Suede – Mark 2 (with Richard Oakes, second from left.)