Suede - riding high on the crest of a wave that proclaimed them The Best New Band In Britain.

Suede In Concert – 1992 – Past Daily Soundbooth

Suede – riding high on the crest of a wave that proclaimed them The Best New Band In Britain.

Suede In Concert – The Riverside, Liverpool – 1992 – BBC In Concert – BBC Radio 1 –

Suede in concert tonight. Recorded live at The Riverside in Liverpool by BBC Radio 1 for their In Concert series.

From the AllMusic bio by Thomas Erlewine:

Suede kick-started the Brit-pop revolution of the 1990s, reviving the romance and drama of glammy guitar rock for an era that got mired in the swirling neo-psychedelia of shoegaze and Madchester. Despite their enormous influence, Suede always seemed to exist on the margins of Brit-pop, never indulging in the laddish behavior that wound up defining the scene by the mid-’90s. Part of this was due to a matter of taste: Suede didn’t favor the brightly colored sounds of the swinging ’60s, they preferred the seedy, arty styles of proto- and post-punk. It proved to be the foundation for an enduring career, yet after the release of their eponymous debut in 1993, Brit-pop soon became defined by boisterous hooks and lager-swilling loud guitars, and the group was ill-equipped to combat the shifting tides due to a rift between their vocalist Brett Anderson and guitarist Bernard Butler. Butler left during the recording of 1994’s Dog Man Star, a weighty double-album that emphasized the gothic undertones in Suede’s work.

Through all of Suede’s history, vocalist/lyricist Brett Anderson and bassist Mat Osman remained at the band’s core. The son of a cabdriver, Anderson formed the Smiths-inspired Geoff in 1985 with his schoolmate Osman and drummer Danny Wilder. Anderson was the group’s guitarist; Gareth Perry was the band’s vocalist. Geoff recorded two demos before splitting up in 1986, as Anderson and Osman left to attend university in London.

Unfortunately, public interest in Suede, not to mention the Brit-pop sound, had faded by the early 2000s and the album sold poorly. Several concerts followed in support of the band’s 2003 compilation, Singles, but by October, Suede had announced they would not be releasing any new music in the foreseeable future. They played their final concert at the London Astoria on December 13, 2003, before going on indefinite hiatus.

Suede returned in September 2022 with Autofiction, an edgy, post-punk-inspired album produced by Ed Buller. Autofiction debuted at number two on the U.K. charts and the group supported it with a co-headlining tour of North America with the Manic Street Preachers.

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