Am going through a Suede phase at the moment, so this is the 3rd time I have read this book And it s good, a bit corny in places, but that it to do with the author s style than anything I suppose my biggest disappointment with this revised edition is that Barnett has decided not to update the book The first edition came out just before the band first split up in 2003, so doesn t deal with split, the years 2004 2010 before the reunion, and their excellent comeback album, Bloodsports There are a bunch of footnotes added which does deal with some of that, but not in any great detail Perhaps there will be a 2nd volume When They Appeared On The British Rock Scene In The Early S A Bastard Fusion Of The Smiths And Ziggy Stardust Some Called Them The Best New Band In Britain At The Time, The Group Based Around Flamboyant Vocalist Brett Anderson And Guitarist Bernard Butler Hadn T Released One Note Of Music What Followed Was An Eponymous Album That Was To Become The Fastest Selling Debut In British Musical History, As Well As A Decade Of Narcotic Excess, Redemption, And Fantastic Pop Music Now Fully Updated To Include The Inside Story Of The Band S Decision To Split And Brett S New Solo Ventures, Suede Love And Poison Traces The Scarcely Credible Story Of A Band That Went To Hell And Back Good read about the seminal band which created three now classic albums and a whole poetic world of council houses, drugs, sex, old fashioned romanticism and legendary songs.
Dogman4starHaha see what I did there If you like Suede it s a great book if you don t then you won t be reading it anyway It s pretty brutally honest Q Just how many songs has Brett written about drugs I lost count or was I lost in tv Anyway I m off as Europe s my playground TTFN Benefiting from being written by someone who has worked closely with the group for most of their career, this is a refreshingly irreverent and enthusiastic to the point of anorak ism biography of one of the most important British bands of the last 30 years originally published shortly before Suede s disintegration in 2003, it s been comprehensively updated mostly through footnotes to bring it up to date for their 2010 reunion and in many respects benefits from this hindsight.
One of my old favorites I used to follow Brett Anderson on his twitter account, which turned out to be fake after 3 years Lol.
Love their relationship, rebellion and betray Their poison is so powerful and chemical, Animal Nitrate always in mind.
Brilliant, made me re listen to every Suede, The Tears, Bernard Butler, Artmagic, McAlmont Butler and Brett Anderson track I can find.
Suede remain one of my favourite bands I remember vividly their appearance at the Brits which at the time was still a cosy back slapping corporate event I ve seen them 3 times I saw them on the Dog Man Star tour which introduced their new guitarist Richard Oakes and was lucky enough to see their comeback gig at the Royal Albert Hall It s the best gig I ve ever attended, there was so much love in the room for them that night which considering they d almost become the forgotten band of the britpop era was immensely gratifying I also saw them at Brixton when they played Coming Up in its entirety another excellent gig This is several levels up from the normal cut paste Music Biography The author was a fan friend employee of Suede It s a reissue of a previous book, but instead of undertaking a rewrite the author uses footnotes to add new thoughts views to the narrative This actually works quite well It s certainly not a white wash, it doesn t stint on either the drugs nor the arguments The band were great and this book does them justice.
This book is written by a Suede fan As such, it s a bit of a hagiography, drug abuse and wasted time aside Still, it s an often funny read about a band that exploded from abject poverty into extreme fame, mainly thanks to the intense partnership between Bernard Butler guitarist and songsmith and Brett Anderson singer and songsmith.
As Barnett acts bitchy throughout the book, and occasionally got me to think oh, when will his self obsessed ass get edited the right way , he actually annotated his own words from the first print of this book, when it was called Love and Poison An example The then deputy editor of the NME later confided that, while he enjoyed the book, there were far too many Smiths song references in it for his liking I counted seven in the first three chapters alone so he may well have had a point.
There s also a lot of taking the piss out of himself in this book, for which Barnett deserves credit From the preface The lion s share of Love Poison, the first edition of this book, was diligently thrashed out over the long hot summer of 2003 on a diet of Stella Artois and Camel Lights Unleashed in September of that year, just as the band were disintegrating, it was an instant critical and commercial success and quickly became part of the Suede mythos increasingly so in recent years when copies became impossible to get hold of, exchanging hands for silly money on eBay and Of all the many flattering reviews, the one that meant the most came from Brett Anderson in the form of a no nonsense email The book moved me Nice one xBrett Indeed, Suede s singer was the only member of the band to request precisely zero changes to the original manuscript whatsoever, intuitively understanding that the biography s unblinking snorts and all candor made up for the occasionally schizophrenic nature of its prose Although I did once see a copy inscribed in his unmistakable hand with the message This book is crap and I m not entirely sure he was joking.
There s always been a good way from Anderson in terms of retaliation, or just answering idiots Throughout the whole of growing up there was a very vivid undercurrent of violence, Brett agrees They always called me queer I quite liked it, actually, because when you re insulted by someone you consider a complete piece of shit, how can it be an insult It is quite lovely to follow the band s formation at times Young guitar player needed by London based band Smiths, Commotions, Bowie, PSBs No musos Some things are important than ability Call Brett Two people responded One was a guy who had a guitar The other was a skinny 19 year old called Bernard Butler.
Speaking of seeking people for the band, a drummer was needed Well, I m sorry but I m afraid we re a London based band That s not a problem, I ve worked with London based bands before, I can commute It s only a couple of hours on the train Who have you worked with then A band called the Smiths My name s Mike Joyce Also, when Suede was coming together, Justine Frischmann, playing rhythm guitar and being Anderson s girlfriend, decided to leave both the band and Anderson, going instead for Damon Albarn of Blur Remarkably, these circumstances, far from destroying the band as might be expected, actually brought its core elements closer together It was a weird period because we d split up and because of that me and Bernard got closer as well because I didn t have Justine any as a friend, says Brett Alan has always been a great friend and was there for me and Bernard was there for me as well, he was there for me as a friend In the early days me and Bernard were good friends and it s something that people might not know now There was a weird period where she was still in the band I was writing songs like Pantomime Horse , which wasn t directly about her, but it was a celebration of my own tragedy It was definitely kicked off by the fact that I was fucking depressed and stuff like He s Dead I couldn t have written them if I was happy, they were the product of an unhappy mind I would die for the stars she said, that was a reference to Justine choosing Damon over Brett because he was famous and stuff, adds Alan The lyrics are pretty self explanatory Simon Gilbert s journal recants some of the most notorious aspects of the band circa the time when they completely broke up with Bernard Butler or possibly when Butler broke up with them June 6 Brett is completely pissed off at the studio Understandably.
June 7 Meeting at studio with Brett, Saul, Ed, Charlie and myselfJune 8 Charlie went to see Bernard Brett s obviously a paedophile because he asked Lisa her age, on her birthday June 9 Spoke to Bernard Seems he has snapped out of it For now.
June 10 Butler is apparently recording all his telephone conversations.
June 11 E x 4 Coke x 1 Acid x 2.
Still, the band got better and worse.
All in all, this book is a ride, although Barnett s style is its fort as well as its curse homely as well as far too fan y, it s a give and take relationship it gives off a lot of fun, but it s simultaneously like hanging out with a guest that refuses to leave your party If you hang on, you ll be rewarded, especially if you like Suede and raucous recounts.