Former Suede frontman Brett Anderson talks to the BBC about why he decided to put out a solo record. He says he wanted to grow "musically and socially." He continues: "The part about being in a band that had become tiring and repetitive for me was having your life mapped out for you, and this childish need to belong to something which tells you what to do all the time." Instead of composing this record with a guitarist, as was customary when he was in Suede and The Tears, he employed a keyboardist to bring his songs to life.
As for a Suede reunion, he keeps things open:
"I would never do it just for the money, but would not have a problem with it if it was for the right reasons. Like if a member of Suede sent me a great piece of music, and I was inspired to write to it and felt we could make a great record.
"I'd do it if it didn't come across as sad, but that's a big if – I don't think bands can reform without it looking sad," he adds, in reference to a recent spate of musical reformations.
"I never count things out, but it's not like I'm sitting here planning a Suede reunion."
I'll admit something that should be heresy for an Anglophile/Britophile: I've only just now become a fan of Suede. A co-worker's boyfriend raved about it at our company Christmas party, and he offered me a Suede singles collection in exchange for Kasabian's Empire album. (And just so he wouldn't be a total loser in this barter, I slipped him Amy Winehouse's Back to Black as well.) It took me a couple listens to fully warm up to many of the more uptempo songs – the ballads I liked immediately – but now, it's in constant rotation in my iPod. YouTube has a wonderful selection of vintage Suede:
- Suede – "So Young"
- Suede – "The Drowners"
- Suede – "Metal Mickey"
- Suede – "Animal Nitrate"
- Suede – "Stay Together"
- Suede – "Beautiful Ones"
- Suede – "Trash" (my personal fave)
- Suede – "The Wild Ones"
- Suede – "Obsessions"
The Guardian has a distubring interview with another beleaguered '90s star, Gordon Anderson of The Beta Band. He says the psychosis that landed him in a mental hospital for the better part of a decade wasn't schizophrenia nor was it drug-induced: "It wasn't the mushrooms. I feel it was a classic case of demonic possession. You read about these things, but you don't think it actually happens to people. I became a different character – something that wasn't me possessed me. It sat inside me, controlling everything. It was saying 'Murrrrdur! Murrrdur!' It got to the point where a voice in my head was telling me to kill my twin brother, Ian. I'd be with him and the voice would be hissing at me, 'Kill him. Kill him now. Kill him now. Kill. Him. Now.' They were spirit voices. You couldn't see them, but you could hear them sitting in the corner of the room. I had conversations with them."
Yeah, these are things you don't want to say in public.