An admirable trait in Suede since their emergence over a decade ago has been their ability to constantly deliver top of the range b-sides when it comes to releasing singles.
This may very well be their last single but it is a fine way to exit mixing the new ( the A-side Attitude) with a 1994 unfinished demo ( Just A Girl) and the heartfelt Heroin (not to be confused with the stellar 'Heroine' from the 'Dog Man Star' lp), recorded in 1999 following Brett Anderson's long and ultimately successful battle with the drug.
Attitude was given an undeserved slating by the press. Its slightly slow, reggae feel is certainly different but boasts a fine chorus and clocking in at under three minutes is more than adequate.
However the A-side falls flat in comparison with its accompanying tracks dusted off from the vaults. 'Just A Girl' is a fine acoustic number with some traditional everyday england lyrics from Brett. Just as the song reaches its climax one of the guitarist's (not Bernard Butler)guitar strings snaps. This is met with a ''Shi...'' with Brett commenting '' i thought that was going alright''. A rare outtake that Suede fans will no doubt lap up.
The final track 'Heroine' is absoloutely beautiful with brett's haunting words ''Took me on a limb, you've taken everything - heroine'' providing the perfect foil for the gentle piano, guitar plucking and soft rain effects. It ends with Brett's determined words '' Heroine - I'm out of it''
The three tracks in their entirety last less than ten minutes.
A beautiful little record that, when one takes the entire single on its merits, was well deserving of its number 14 chart position.
There's not many acts that can say that anymore.