Coming Up

~ Release group by Suede

Album

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
Coming UpCD10
  • XE1996-09-02
Nude Records (UK indie)485129 2, NUD 485129 25099748512925
Coming UpCD11
  • JP1996-09-02
Nude Records (UK indie)ESCA-65214988010652128
Coming UpCD10
  • GB1996-09-02
Nude Records (UK indie)NUDE 6CD5023687600122
Coming UpCD11
Nude Records (UK indie)485129 95099748512994
Coming UpCD10
Nude Records (UK indie)485129.25099748512925
Coming Up2×CD10 + 6
Nude Records (UK indie)485129 2, 485129 6
Coming UpCD10
  • US1997-04-08
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)CK 67911074646791127
Coming Up (Deluxe Edition)2×CD + DVD-Video20 + 17 + 25
  • GB2011-06-13
Edsel RecordsEDSG 8003740155800338
Coming Up2×CD20 + 17
  • JP2011-07-06
Imperial Records (Japanese - Teichiku sub-label)TECI-32656, TECI-326574988004118555
Coming Up (20th anniversary edition box set, deluxe edition)4×CD + DVD-Video12 + 17 + 19 + 15 + 10
  • GB2016-09-30
Edsel RecordsSUEDEBOX0075014797895263
(unknown)
Coming UpDigital Media63
  • XE2016-09-30
Edsel Records[none]

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:Trash
included in:Suede (Suede / Dog Man Star / Coming Up / Head Music / A New Morning / Bloodsports / Sci‐Fi Lullabies)
part of:Mercury Prize shortlist nominees (number: 1997) (order: 55)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/10089 [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/xpgw [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/suede/coming-up/ [info]
Wikidata:Q1376349 [info]

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"Pick a fight with Suede, you gonna pick a fight with the Suede fanbase," warned Matt Lucas on Shooting Stars in 1997. Leave aside the fact that Lucas was then dressed as a menacing man-baby: the truly surreal thing about this pop culture nugget is its target. Suede, suburbia's moodiest, druggiest misfits, were now so mainstream-famous that they could be knowingly mocked on primetime, thanks to their biggest album yet, the hit-rammed, melody-overloaded Coming Up.

Fifteen years later, it seems obvious that Britpop's John the Baptists would rise from the grave to claim some of the rewards being lavished on lesser lights like Kula Shaker and Shed Seven, but it wasn't at the time. Despite their punchy 1993 debut generating a whirlwind of hype, the loss of wunderkind guitarist Bernard Butler and the sprawling darkness of 1994's subsequent Dog Man Star read like a two-part commercial suicide note. Replacing Butler with a teenage fanboy and the drummer's cousin was hardly encouraging.

Yet amongst the B sides, lost songs and demos lovingly collected in this third lavish re-issue from the Suede back catalogue (the compilers clearly taking Matt Lucas' threat seriously) lies the first clue that everything was about to go magically right. Together, a 1994 B side, was the first collaboration between Brett Anderson and new guitarist, Richard Oakes: its shamelessly poppy ebullience, fizzy guitars and breezy bubblegum vocal created a blueprint for the album which followed.

And what a dazzling, spangly pop album Coming Up, remains, made shinier still by expert remastering. Anderson cites the surging outsiders anthem Trash as the pinnacle, but Beautiful Ones is more remarkable, the urgent, knotty wordplay of its verses giving way to an ecstatic chorus which embodies the album's title (the demo fascinatingly reveals that the song began life as Beatles-y whimsy). That these big pop beasts were interspersed with savage melodramas like She and swooning love songs like Picnic by the Motorway made Coming Up more alluring and enduring.

In retrospect, the seeds of the band's later decline were also planted here. The blandly anthemic Saturday Night paved the way for later FM fluff, while the B sides soon plummeted from air-punching (Every Monday Morning Comes) to scab-scratching (These Are the Sad Songs). But let's dwell on Suede's sad decay when their last two albums are re-issued: for now, this fan-dream edition of Coming Up captures a band that still seemed capable of anything.