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Suede | #suede |
(Brett Anderson, Bernard Butler, Mat Osman, Justine Frischmann, Justin Welch, Simon Gilbert, Richard Oakes, Neil Codling)
[1989-…], London, Greater London, United Kingdom |
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Suede are an English alternative rock band from London, formed in 1989.

Brett Anderson and Justine Frischmann met in 1989 while studying at University College London and became a couple soon afterwards. Together with Anderson’s childhood friend Mat Osman, they decided they had the core of a band, and spent hours a day playing songs by The Beatles, The Smiths and David Bowie. After deciding that neither Anderson nor Frischmann had the skill to be a lead guitarist, the group placed an advert in the New Musical Express magazine’s 28 October 1989 issue seeking to fill the position.The advert attracted the interest of nineteen-year-old Bernard Butler, who soon auditioned to join the group. The group settled on the name Suede. Lacking a drummer, the band initially used a drum machine. Despite Frischmann’s efforts as the group’s de facto manager, the group primarily played small-scale gigs around Camden Town in London.

After a series of gigs with an unreliable drum machine, Suede decided to recruit a full-time drummer. Justin Welch briefly fulfilled the role, though he only lasted six weeks before joining the Crawley band Spitfire. Suede placed another advert seeking a replacement. To the group’s surprise, it was answered by the former The Smiths drummer, Mike Joyce. However, he turned down the job as he felt Suede still had to forge their own identity. He felt that by being in a band that had similarities to the The Smiths, he would have done them more harm than good. He did, though, stay long enough to record two songs with the group, which were set to be released as the “Be My God”/”Art” single on RML Records. The band was dissatisfied with the result, and most of the 500 copies pressed were destroyed. In June 1990, Suede found a permanent drummer, Simon Gilbert, through their former manager Ricky Gervais. Both worked at the University of London Union (ULU). After hearing the demo and realizing the band was devoid of a drummer, Gilbert asked to audition.

By 1991, Anderson and Frischmann had broken up. Frischmann started dating Damon Albarn of the group Blur. She believed the group could accommodate the new situation. However, the situation grew tense. Frischmann left the band in 1991 to pursue her studies, she then reappeared within Elastica. After Frischmann’s departure, the character of the group changed. Anderson and Butler became close friends and began writing several new songs together. However, the band’s music was out-of-step with the music of its London contemporaries as well as the American grunge bands.

By 1992, Suede were described as “The Best New Band in Britain”, and attracted much attention from the British music press. The following year their debut album Suede, went to the top of the charts by becoming the fastest-selling debut album in almost ten years.

However, the band’s lush follow-up, Dog Man Star (1994), showed Suede distancing itself from its Britpop peers. Although it is often regarded as the band’s masterpiece, the recording sessions for Dog Man Star were fraught with difficulty, and ended with Butler departing the band after confrontations with Anderson and musical differences with the rest of the band. Its sales suffered due to these events, however it was met with a generally enthusiastic reception on release and has, over time been lauded with universal acclaim from critics.

In 1996, following the recruitment of Richard Oakes and later keyboard player Neil Codling, Suede went on to greater commercial success with Coming Up. The album reached number one in the UK, producing five top ten singles and became Suede’s biggest-selling album worldwide.

In 1997, Anderson became addicted to crack and heroin. Despite problems within the band, Suede’s fourth album Head Music (1999) was a British chart-topper. The album was promoted heavily with the band receiving considerable press coverage on its release, however it garnered a mixed reaction dividing fans and critics alike.

Suede’s fifth album, A New Morning (2002), the first after the collapse of Nude Records, was a commercial disappointment, and the group disbanded the following year.

After much speculation Suede reformed in 2010 for a series of concerts. Three years on from their reunion gigs, Suede released their sixth album, Bloodsports, on 18 March 2013. The album was well received by critics and returned the band to the top ten in the UK.

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39 – Suede – No Tomorrow – 2016
38 – Suede – Pale Snow – 2016
37 – Suede – Like Kids – 2015
36 – Suede – Outsiders – 2015
35 – Suede – For the Strangers – 2013
34 – Suede – Hit Me – 2013
33 – Suede – It Starts and Ends With You – 2013
32 – Suede – Barriers – 2013
31 – Suede – Attitude – 2003
29 – Suede – Obsessions – 2002
28 – Suede – Positivity – 2002
25 – Suede – Can’t Get Enough – 1999
24 – Suede – Everything Will Flow – 1999
23 – Suede – She’s in Fashion – 1999
22 – Suede – Electricity – 1999
18 – Suede – Filmstar – 1997
15 – Suede – Beautiful Ones – 1996
14 – Suede – Trash – 1996
12 – Suede – New Generation – 1995
11 – Suede – The Wild Ones – 1994
10 – Suede – We Are the Pigs – 1994
9 – Suede – Stay Together – 1994
8 – Suede – The Next Life – 1993
6 – Suede – So Young – 1993
5 – Suede – Animal Nitrate – 1993
3 – Suede – Metal Mickey – 1992
2 – Suede – The Drowners – 1992

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