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#1 HALL OF FAMEon 1 November 2003
Suede were almost worthy of that initial music press hype ("the best new band in Britain" tag prior to releasing anything) & now seem to be the last gasp of indie prior to the Britpop-Corporate dilution. It's a bit of a misnomer to believe that Suede were that fresh & exciting- andrognyous guitar music had been a staple for a few decades prior to Suede's arrival: David Bowie, T Rex, Sparks, Martin Gore, Felt, Marc Almond, Billy Mackenzie, Morrissey, Go Betweens, AR Kane, Howard Devoto, The Triffids, Comsat Angels, The Sound etc. All that really happened was that people reacted to a few months where baggy was king, then shoegazing, then grunge...
The first disc of Bernard Butler-era material does stand up very well- The Drowners' b-sides To the Birds and My Insatiable One sound suitably anthemic. Brett Anderson's themes and metaphors (urban, druggy, animals) had not become repetetive and boring as yet- Where the Pigs...sounds a little like a band finding its way, while He's Dead is another golden Anderson/Butler composition that should have been on that debut album. The move towards piano lead ballads is found with The Big Time and High Rising (Animal Nitrate b-sides), while The Living Dead sets out the bleak confines of Dog Man Star. Stay Together was a rather bombastic single- and I still think that My Dark Star would have made a better lead track, despite the fact it sounds like Bauhaus! Ironically two of the best songs here stem from the time when Anderson & Butler fell out- We Are the Pigs b-sides Killing of a Flash Boy (David Bowie singing lyrics from Kenneth Williams diaries over Faith No More's We Care a Lot) & Whipsnade (which has almost dubby guitars, and along with Heroine & The Wild Ones is the last great contribution from Bernard Butler)*****
After this, the band became less interesting- Together (from New Generation) is not bad, even if it is basically Ashes to Ashes. Too many songs about boys- Modern Boys, Bentswood Boys, Young Men- it appears that Brett ran out of much to say. The Sounds of the Streets? Yawn...Why Monday and Every Monday Morning Comes? The second disc of this is extremely poor- the albums Coming Up (1996), Head Music (1998) & New Morning (2003) had very few decent tracks on. Suede were over...*
Sci-Fi Lullabies is worth buying for that first disc, as the first two Suede albums are worth owning- but something went wrong & personally decadent-addiction and Britpop leave nothing but boredom...
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on 10 August 2010
Loved this CD been wanting it a while , delivered before time , have no complaints only praise
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on 23 June 2004
While Suede may have initially based themeselves on The Smiths - with their doomed romanticism and identical songwriting setup of a vocalist who writes all the lyrics and a guitarist who writes all the music, sadly they were unable to equal The Smiths ability to produce B sides which were as good as their A sides. That said, and although not many of the tracks here are nowhere near as good as the tracks on the first 3 albums there are some pretty good ones. `The Living Dead` and `Europe Is Our Playground` are particularly strong tracks. Disk 1 which covers the earlier part of their band is decidedly far stronger than disk 2 which markes the begining of their descent into becoming just another mediocre pop band, which is what they are today.
So, if like me you`re a pretty big fan of their first three albums (which is the period that these tracks were produced) then this is almost certainly worth buying - but do not expect it to be as good as the albums.
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on 11 January 2000
you only are really bying bout 3-4 songs on this track but if u like suede enough buy it then !!!
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on 18 November 1999
Hmmm. If you are a Suede fan then don't buy it, as you will have the music anyway. The B-side is not worth it. Not upto the Suede standard. If you work once a week and the occasional weekend, this is too much.- Ed Rolls
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