Listen: The Drowners / Suede
The Drowners /Suede

Those early days of Suede, meaning about the time of ‘The Drowners’, now seem like a lifetime ago. It may have been the last great heyday for many, and someone somewhere coined that period, specific to the band, as capturing all the love and poison of London. In hindsight, it’s probably a bit over romantic but regardless, that’s how I choose to remember it.

Every label and industry person was in a twirl about them, all scheming for their piece, while simultaneously pretending to help each other. Even the haters knew they were unstoppable.

The adulation was both warranted and undeniable, making the jealousy and competition that lurked behind the curtain even more intriguing. I guess that was the poison bit.

Good for Suede, they showed the world. Every single in their active career stretch was stellar. No one could stop their greatness, and no one did.

Above: Jukebox Tab signed by Brett Anderson

Listen: Attitude / Suede
Attitude / Suede

Right up tight to the band’s very last single, ‘Attitude’, the circle was unbroken. Not a flawed release in Suede’s historic trail. And I bet, rather unexpectedly, as their star seemingly began to dim, ‘Attitude’ kicked everyone in the face by proving they were still current both musically and as a chart contender.

National treasure status successfully established. None of the hate nor poison of London can ever take that away.

Above: Jukebox Tab signed by Mat Osman

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