Posted on: May 19th, 2018 7:25 am
Suede are an English alternative rock band from London, formed in 1989. By 1992, Suede was 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. The album won the Mercury Music Prize and helped foster Britpop as a musical genre. 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 heated arguments with Anderson.
A significant part of Suede’s legacy consists in having kickstarted the Britpop scene which eventually overshadowed the band’s own achievements in the public mind. Alexis Petridis wrote in 2005, “These days, rock historians tend to depict Suede’s success as a kind of amuse bouche before the earth-shattering arrival of Britpop’s main course”. In an article about the British music press’ “ferocious one-upmanship campaign” of the mid-1990s, Caroline Sullivan, writing for The Guardian in February 1996, noted Suede’s appearance as an unsigned band on the cover of Melody Maker as a pivotal moment in the history of Britpop.
Suede appeared on Melody Maker’s cover before they had a record out… The exposure got them a record deal, brought a bunch of like-minded acts to the public’s attention, and helped create Britpop. It was the best thing to happen to music in years, and it mightn’t have happened without that Suede cover.
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