Suede (English rock band)

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The band name, suede, all song names and opus names have been consistently printed in lower case.
In the USA, many of suede’s records were released under the “the london suede” artist name, due to a trademark‐related lawsuit.

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Suede are an English alternative rock band, formed in London in 1989 and currently consists of singer Brett Anderson, guitarist Richard Oakes, bass player Mat Osman, drummer Simon Gilbert and keyboardist/rhythm guitarist Neil Codling. Having split up in 2003, the Coming Up/Head Music line-up of the band reformed in 2010. The band's original guitarist Bernard Butler left the band in 1994.

In 1992, Suede were 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. It won the Mercury Music Prize and helped foster Britpop as a musical genre. However, the band's follow-up, Dog Man Star (1994), showed Suede distancing themselves from their Britpop peers. The recording sessions for Dog Man Star were fraught with difficulty, and ended with Butler departing the band after confrontations with the rest of the band. The album was completed without Butler, with the band touring the album with new recruit Richard Oakes. Although a commercial disappointmen at the time, the album was met with a generally enthusiastic reception on release and has, over time been lauded with universal acclaim from critics.

In 1996, following the further recruitment of keyboard player Neil Codling along with Oakes, Suede went on to greater commercial success with Coming Up. The album reached number one in the UK, producing five top ten singles and becoming Suede's biggest-selling album worldwide. In 1997, Anderson became addicted to crack and heroin. Despite problems within the band, Suede's fourth album Head Music (1999) was a British chart-topper. The album was promoted heavily with the band receiving considerable press coverage on its release, however it garnered a mixed reaction dividing fans and critics alike. Codling left the band in 2001, citing chronic fatigue syndrome and was replaced by Alex Lee. The band's fifth album, A New Morning (2002), the first following the collapse of Nude Records, was a commercial disappointment, and the group disbanded the following year. After much speculation Suede reformed in 2010 for a series of concerts. Three years on from their reunion gigs, Suede released their sixth album, Bloodsports, on 18 March 2013. The album was well received by critics and returned the band to the top ten in the UK.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1993 Suede 4.25 9
1994 Dog Man Star 4.65 9
1996 Coming Up 5 7
1999 Head Music 3.05 13
2002 A New Morning 4 9
2013 Bloodsports 4.5 10
2016 Night Thoughts 4

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1997 Sci‐fi Lullabies 4.75 4
2003 Singles 3
2010 The Best of 1
2013 The Vinyl Collection (1500 numbered limited 11 LP heavyweight vinyl box set) 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2014 Royal Albert Hall. 24 March 2010 3 1
ICA - Dog Man Star September 23, 2003 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1992 The Drowners 5 4
1992 Metal Mickey 3
1993 Animal Nitrate 3
1993 So Young 4
1994 Stay Together 5 5
1994 We Are the Pigs 4
1994 The Wild Ones 3
1995 New Generation 3
1996 Trash 3
1996 Beautiful Ones 4
1996 Saturday Night 4
1997 Lazy 3
1997 Filmstar 5
1999 Electricity 7
1999 She’s in Fashion 4
1999 Can’t Get Enough 4
1999 Everything Will Flow 6
2002 Positivity 4
2002 Obsessions 2
2003 Attitude 2
2013 It Starts and Ends With You 5 1
2013 Hit Me 5 1
2013 Barriers / Animal Nitrate 1


Year Title RatingReleases
2003 Instant Sunshine 2 1
Let Go 1

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