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Suede Singles Retrospective

Suede are the progenitors of Britpop; they kickstarted the renaissance of British music, effectively usurping more popular American acts. Their first single, ‘The Drowners,’ was released in May 1992. Before they even released that single, Select famously flaunted their new rentboy, Brett Anderson, on the cover as the new face of Britain. Hype from that ‘Yanks Go Home’ cover piece was stifling, and Suede were poised to take over the world. Well, I’ll leave the rest of their sordid history to David Barnett’s newly republished biography. Twenty years after their debut, Suede are back with their magnificent sixth album, Bloodsports. Since they are reclaiming their spot as one of the most important British bands of the past two decades, it would be the perfect time to review their rich catalogue of singles. Suede have a justifiable reputation as a band with consistently amazing singles, perhaps only eclipsed by their b-sides. Yes, Suede are definitely one of those bands known for their b-sides and rarities as much as their singles!

Metal Mickey (1992)

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A rush and a push.. A deliciously whining intro erupts into the glam blast that is Suede's second single. It's everything that a good Suede song should be: glamourous, trashy, and fun. The song is filled with Brett Anderson's favorite imagery: cityscapes and seductresses. Brett sought his inspiration for 'Metal Mickey' in the frontwoman of '90s group, Daisy Chainsaw. B-sides include the Spectoresque torch song 'Where The Pigs Don't Fly' and 'He's Dead.' Watch the music video:

Britpopping since I first heard 'Animal Nitrate' in 1993