Monday Aug 28, 2023

Jeffrey 2.7: Suede

Suede bounded onto the pop scene in the early 90s with their unique brand of Smiths-Bowie glam pop-rock and we were hooked. From the first chords of the single Animal Nitrate, then their smash hit debut album (then the fastest-selling debut album in UK chart history) we were a couple of insatiable young Suede fans.

It didn't last long, they soon lost Bernard Butler, their influential guitarist and main songwriter, but surprisingly that didn't seem to faze them ... they bounced back immediately with a cluster of top ten hits and a masterful pop album (Coming Up) that proved they didn't need the moody Butler to flourish ... but it didn't last long, they began to fall apart as alcohol, drugs, exhaustion and illness saw them stumbling and crashing, and eventually going their separate ways.

A decade later they were back, and the post-hiatus mature sober Suede knocked out four albums over the following ten years, culminating in 2022's marvellous Autofiction.

The podcast is part nostalgia as we remember those early albums, and part discovery as we explore the newer stuff. Do those early ones still stand up 30 years later? Do the new one cut the mustard and meet the sky-high expectations set by those early masterpieces? You'll need to listen to find out! (or just click here to see the ranking on the website if you can't be bothered).

The Suede Jeffrey Podcast Playlist is available here on Spotify and here on Deezer.

The Suede page on the JeffreyMusic.Rocks website is here.


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