THEN: Butler became one of his generation's guitar idols as a member of Suede but left the group in 1994 due to tensions with frontman Brett Anderson just as Britpop was becoming a "thing."
NOW: Butler's improvisational group Trans released a self-titled EP in 2013. He has kept up a steady stream of collaborations and production work in recent years, including involvement with Kate Nash, Duffy, Frankie & The Heartstrings, Teleman, Black Kids, Paloma Faith, Fyfe Dangerfield of Guillemots, and Ben Watt. He has not participated in Suede's reunion shows.
Seminal Britpoppers Suede reunited in 2010 and have since released the comeback album Bloodsports. Back in 2014, we speculated on whether or not the band had a new LP in the works after they debuted a mysterious new song, “I Don’t Know How To Reach You,” at a benefit show, and he was soon answered… More »
Britpop luminaries such as Damon Albarn, Noel and Liam Gallagher, and Jarvis Cocker have been in the public eye a lot in recent years, either for reuniting their classic bands or pursuing new projects or both. But what about all the Britpop stars who aren’t consistently making headlines anymore in the States? What have those… More »
Last year, the reunited Britpop originators Suede released Bloodsports, their first album in more than a decade, and it looks like that one may not be their last. Over the weekend, the band played a Teenage Cancer Trust benefit at London’s Royal Albert Hall. And during the show, they debuted a soaring, glammy new song… More »
Before there was Britpop, there was Suede. Way back in ’92, Blur were already around, having dropped an album no one much cared about. Pulp had been around forever, long enough to have had their shot and already lost it (they’d get another) — but again, no one cared. And then Suede appeared from nowhere… More »
Suede’s self-titled debut has a few big, important historical distinctions. For one thing, it’s generally acknowledged as the birth of Britpop — possibly the last moment that guitar-rock has been bright and hard and fashionable and, at least in its homeland, hugely popular — even if the members of the band didn’t much like being… More »
Suede were a ripsnorting and hyped-into-infinity British glam-rock band who inadvertently birthed Britpop, at least in their homeland’s popular imagination, around the time they released their excellent self-titled debut album nearly two decades ago. The band kept releasing interesting and varied albums until 2002’s relative dud A New Morning, upon which time they broke up. More »
The reunited London glam-poppers Suede, whose initial early-’90s wave of hype was pretty much the Big Bang for Britpop, are about to return with a new album called Bloodsports, and we’ve already posted the early track “Barriers.” And now here’s the video for its first proper single “It Starts And Ends With You.” This i… More »
It seems impossible that it’s been more than a decade since Suede’s last album, 2002’s A New Morning, and maybe even harder to believe that was only the band’s fifth album: Considering the constant drama and upheaval, the numerous career highlights and “comebacks,” the compilations (including two greatest hits collections and a double-disc B-side set),… More »
While we wait for Kanye’s Super Secret Surprise Guests (Rebecca Black?), let’s glance back at yesterday’s highlights. AnCo, Erykah Badu, Arcade Fire, Big Audio Dynamite, Bright Eyes, Cults, Suede, Glasser, Mumford & Sons, and many more were on hand for Day 2 in the desert. Photos by Graeme Flegenheimer. Enjoy. More »
Oasis is over (again), we paid our respects in a dignified manner, that brings us to the next chapter in the Brothers Gallagher. Last night at the Royal Albert Hall the spotlight was on Noel alone, though I’m sure he allowed a little to shine on former Oasis guitarist Gem Archer and the 50-plus Crouch… More »
With Suede done and The Tears taking a “break,” what’s an Anderson to do? Apparently, he’s to take time at the piano and belt Xtina songs! Brett walks on and off camera with nary a smile; we’re thinking he’s taken Linda Perry’s “sticks and stones” poetry to heart. Stay strong, Brett.
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