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Sorry for the off topic post but some Pulp fans are also Suede fans. It's great to hear that they are releasing a new album in September, I loved the last two and this one has been described as a "genuinely progressive, expansive and definitive body of work". I can't wait



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I've tried to get into the last couple but they haven't clicked yet. I should give them more time. Their first two number amongst my very favourites. 'Coming Up' is pretty ace too, but I think I tend to feel that their work from that period on lacks the same level of sincerity, and can be grandiliquent without hitting the same capital-R Romantic heights. Maybe I'm pining for that particular stretch of my youth. Dunno. I'll listen some more - I've only heard good things about these records

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I really liked the last album, especially the 90's vibe of Like Kids. Didn't like the one before it tho'.

Love the first two, plus Sci-Fi Lullabies & Head Music. Not so keen on Coming Up, A New Morning or Bloodsports.

Looking forward to hearing new material.



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Further thoughts on that - I know Head Music isn't popular. Possibly it has a special place for me as it came out soon after I got into music, so was the first Suede record I had. (I started buying records in '98, DC was my first & TIH 3rd).



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I love Head Music too! Electricity was the first single I heard from them and it still blows me away. If they cut a few songs from that album it'd be awesome!! But it still is awesome with those songs too.

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The first Suede album I bought, thanks to the budget price, was the b-sides collection "Sci Fi Lullabies", I had previously bought some of the "Coming Up" singles and just assumed I had got in lucky by getting some good b-sides but the first disc of "Sci Fi Lullabies" was something else altogether; it convinced me to save up and buy the rest of their albums.

"Head Music", I loved it at the time but looking back, it's kind of like their "This is Hardcore"... give or take the lyrics of "Savoir Faire", the first songs are great but after "She's In Fashion" it goes downhill then finally picks up with "Indian Strings" and "He's Gone" (the closing track really wasn't worth it, though).

As for "Coming Up", it's my least favourite Suede album. Yes, there are some great moments on there but it's as if they were playing it just a little bit too safe. Imagine if Pulp had released "Different Class" without "I Spy" and "FEELINGCALLEDLOVE". There were some decent b-sides that should have really been on the album. 



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Dog Man Star was so special - would've loved to hear what Butler had in mind for it (and seemingly walked out over). I like the economy of the finished album, but then that's how I've grown to love it. I wonder if the apparent largesse would have added or detracted from its power?

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He wanted Chris Thomas as producer but Nude wouldn't pay for him. Hard to think less than a year later Island were happy to fork-out for him to do Different Class when Pulp were not yet seen in Suede's league commercially. I know Suede/Nude had backing from Sony internationally but who knows, their US tour in autumn '93 when they were usurped by support act The Cranberries, may have meant the purse strings being held somewhat firm when Suede recorded DMS in spring'94.
Musically, I think Bernard was listening to Dusty Springfield and Scott Walker a lot, whether that may have informed his sound preferences who knows. Can't imagine Chris Thomas' pop-sheen working well with the gothic-grandeur of the songs on that album, and Ed Buller's love of reverb actually suits the mood in a way, that echoey/underwater thing, well on some of the songs anyway. Like bits of His'n'Hers (though not all - his shortcomings there partially made Pulp ditch him after that album).

There's a fantastic article here on the making of Dog Man Star and the drama around it, probably my favourite piece of writing on any of the records I love: http://thequietus.com/articles/16540-suede-dog-man-star-reissue-anniversary-review

Funnily enough, I live just around the corner from where Brett did when he wrote his parts for that album. And my street is called Stanhope Road. It was density...I mean, destiny.



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