Formed 1989.

English rock band

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Suede chat to Stuart Maconie

Brett Anderson and Matt Osman of Suede catch up with Stuart Maconie.

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Suede are an English alternative rock band from London, formed in 1989. The group's most prominent early line-up was Brett Anderson (singer), Bernard Butler (guitarist), Mat Osman (bass guitarist) and Simon Gilbert (drummer). By 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. The album won the Mercury Music Prize and helped foster Britpop as a musical genre. However, the band's lush follow-up, Dog Man Star (1994), showed Suede distancing itself from its Britpop peers. Although it is often regarded as the band's masterpiece, the recording sessions for Dog Man Star were fraught with difficulty, and ended with Butler departing the band after confrontations with Anderson and musical differences with the rest of the band. Its sales suffered due to these events, however it was met with a generally enthusiastic reception on release and has, over time been lauded with universal acclaim from critics.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Bloodsports

    Bloodsports 2013

    Reviewed by Jaime Gill
    A passionate and seductive album which reminds us how distinctive this band can be.
  2. Review of Coming Up

    Coming Up 2011

    Reviewed by Jaime Gill
    Fan-dream edition which captures the band when they seemed capable of anything.
  3. Review of The Best Of

    The Best Of 2010

    Reviewed by Mischa Pearlman
    A great tribute to a flawed, but nevertheless fantastic, career.
  4. Review of Singles

    Singles 2003

    Reviewed by Simon Fernand
    This 'Singles' compilation charts Suede's rise from mesmerising indie newcomers to...
  5. Review of Dog Man Star

    Dog Man Star 1994

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Brett and Bernard's big bust-up album. Lovelier than ever...
  6. Review of Suede

    Suede 1993

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    All wrapped in androgyny and attitude...
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