30 Years of Suede
Celebrate 30 years of this classic album with Fopp!
This year, we pay homage to the venerable Suede, as they celebrate the 30th anniversary of their seminal debut album. In a fitting tribute to this momentous occasion, a remarkable 30th anniversary edition reissue is set to grace our auditory palates. Let’s delve into what made this album truly exceptional.
Suede’s debut self titled album, is set to blow out 30 bloody candles this year. Released back in ’93, this self-titled masterpiece not only kicked Britpop in the bollocks but also left an indelible mark on the cultural tapestry. So, brace yourselves as we dive headfirst into the importance of Suede’s debut album, where sonic rebellion met raw emotion in a potent mix that still sets pulses racing.
Picture this, the early ’90s, a time when British music needed a defibrillator jolt to bring it back to life. Enter Suede, stage left. With glam rock swagger, punk rock energy, and poetic lyrics, Suede reinvented the wheel and gave birth to a new musical order. Anthems like “The Drowners” and “Metal Mickey” tore through the airwaves, rallying a generation desperate for a fresh sound and a rebel yell to call their own.
The record wasn’t just about catchy hooks and infectious melodies. It was a damn time capsule, capturing the spirit of an era like a Polaroid snapshot of youth rebellion. Brett Anderson and his ragtag gang understood the existential struggles of the times, channeling the disillusionment, longing, and decay into raw, bleeding-heart lyrics. “Animal Nitrate” and “Pantomime Horse” hit like a punch in the gut, pouring out angst, desire, and a yearning for something more. These tracks resonated, speaking to a generation lost in a maze of social, political, and economic chaos after 11 years of Thatcherism.
Brett Anderson’s soaring vocals intertwined with Bernard Butler’s guitar wizardry, creating a cocktail that was equal parts gritty and ethereal. The album’s lush arrangements and dynamic song structures defied convention, pushing the boundaries of sound and leaving pretenders in their dust. Suede’s debut was a declaration that rock ‘n’ roll still had a few tricks up its sleeve.
Now, here we stand, 30 years down the line, and Suede’s debut album still echoes through the ages. Its influence reverberates in the veins of future generations of artists who’ve drunk deep from its well of inspiration. This album wasn’t just a flash in the pan; it lit the fuse for the Britpop explosion, setting the stage for working-class heroes to rise. Suede’s legacy isn’t measured by album sales or chart success; it’s etched in the hearts of those who felt the power of their rebellion. They were pioneers, blazing a trail that others would follow, and damn, they did it with style.
This edition has been newly mastered by Phil Kinrade from the original ½” tapes and production masters, overseen and approved by producer Ed Buller.
The vinyl lacquer was expertly cut using precision half-speed mastering by Barry Grint at AIR Mastering. Half-speed mastering is a vinyl cutting technique that improves groove accuracy and transient information creating an incredibly detailed stereo image with a natural high frequency response. Pressed on 180g heavyweight vinyl, housed in a poly-lined inner sleeve, featuring an obi strip and a 4-page booklet insert.
The nine B-sides are now included on a second CD, along with a cover of ‘Brass in Pocket’, recorded for an NME covermount cassette. The two CDs are presented in brand new seven-inch deluxe gatefold packaging, with an 8-page booklet which includes the lyrics and credits.
Out 7th july 2023!