the london suede

We’re just two months into 2013, and it’s already been a huge year for living legends of British pop: David Bowie, Kevin Shields and Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr have all launched new projects. Next to those names, Brett Anderson may sound anonymous, especially to American audiences. But make no mistake: Twenty years ago, there was no bigger band in Britain than Suede.

Stream Bloodsports, Suede’s first new record in 11 years.

The end? A collaborative playlist by the babes of Lozenge Listen here

Tracklist: 1. Fade Away and Radiate - Blondie 2. Where Are We Now - David Bowie 3. Wild World - Cat Stevens 4. Sunday Morning - The Velvet Underground 5. Something Changed - Pulp 6. My Dark Star - The London Suede 7. Changes - David Bowie 8. Last Kiss - Pearl Jam 9. Unknown Track - Grimes 10. Happy Endings - Pulp 11. Wanna Go Home - Lime Cordiale 12. Goodbye Weekend - Mac Demarco 13. Goodbye - Eddie Vedder 14. Catch Me If You Can - The Like 15. Malibu - Hole 16. Lunge Forward - Wavves 17. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana 18. Dog Days Are Over - Florence and the Machine
My Dark Star
  • My Dark Star
  • Suede
  • Dog Man Star (Deluxe Edition)
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My Dark Star by Suede

Taken from the deluxe reissue of Dog Man Star, probably my all-time favourite track of theirs. Suede have recently released remastered and expanded copies of all five of their studio albums and they sound amazing.

If you don’t feel like paying for albums you already own then you can find them here:

www.nodata.tv.

I can’t thank them enough for making these albums available, they’re virtually impossible to find anywhere else.

Suede's 'Dog Man Star' Album As A Series Of Books

This is my new print. It’s Suede’s album Dog Man Star as if it had been written as a series of novels instead of songs. It’s available now in the Standard Designs Etsy shop.

Ah, 1994. Across the road from the hideous brown office tower known as the IPC Building, home to the music magazines NME and Melody Maker, and where I would often go for meetings at the time (I was in my second ‘badly-paid job in advertising’ to paraphrase Neil Hannon), I spotted the words DOG MAN STAR sprayed in black on a nearby wall. 

Was it really necessary? Because Dog Man Star, in all its battered and defeated and resilient glory, is a huge step beyond its forerunner Suede (which, though great itself, was a mish-mash of singles-material songs and… others, bringing to mind another eponymous debut album, namely The Smiths).

We Are The Pigs is the stand-out track, but the atmospherics of so much of the rest of the album give it a really troublesomely empty feel - in a good way - like a lot of early 1970s British films. It’s a slow-motion version of A Clockwork Orange.

If you’ve not heard it - go and hear it. Now! I command you! And if you have… this print’s for you.