Wednesday, March 5, 2008

TVD's Daily Wax | Suede "Suede"

Is it two men? Two women kissing? Male and female? Who knows? Who cares? Each year I eagerly await another debut LP like this and each year I'm sorely let down. (Looking RIGHT at you Vampire Weekend, Tapes 'n Tapes, CYHSY, et al...) Bold, sweeping, brash, steeped in darkness and its own brand of Englishness that draws from classic Bowie and T-Rex, all the while creating it's own distinct and perverse universe. Suede's 1993 debut had all the makings of a classic even before the plastic was off the record. Don't believe me? Take a look at that song list down there and name ONE band coming remotely close to approximating the thrill of these five tracks on their debut...

Suede - So Young (Mp3)
Suede - Animal Nitrate (Mp3)
Suede - The Drowners (Mp3)
Suede - Sleeping Pills (Mp3)
Suede - Metal Mickey (Mp3)

...Nine dollars!


(A note about yesterday's "debut"...well, it wasn't. "My Aim Is True" was indeed Elvis' 1977 debut. It was however, TVD's debut of being wildly inaccurate. We apologize. The tracks still kill though.)


Anonymous said...

and then came Stay Together.
Man, those were great days, and to have seen Suede live a few times, and even to have kissed Simon on the cheek.....good times!
Thanks for the post!


Anonymous said...

...oh, and what I meant to say was Stay Together was just a glorious song, and still is!


The Vinyl District said...

In response to your first comment there Anon, I've added the attached -- my ticket stub for what I believe to have been Suede's first US date ever right here in the D of C.

Jimbromski said...

Honestly, I think "Coming Up" was better.

And also TVD, I think I may have been at that 1993 show.

I wrote about it here:

I remembered it as 1994-95 but it could have been 1993, I had just graduated from college and would have been home in Burke VA.

The Vinyl District said...

"Coming Up" is okaaaay...but the first two ARE classics. Anderson & Butler....

spikelo said...

I was at that show with you and I remember how blown away we were at their set. The audience just exploded when the drumming for The Drowners started. Whenever I listen to that album I am transported back to that show.

The Vinyl District said...

Right in front in the den of wolves.

Anonymous said...

Eri and I saw the debut tour in San Fran and it was MAD up front with the crowd adulation off the chart- I don't think i've experienced anything like it since. AND, all the b-sides from the first 4 singles are HOME RUNS. Thankfully, all available on Sci-fi Melodies. I have one of a thousand Drowners 7" bought via the mail from Yesterday and Today! Well, debut albums since then that have been this good:
The White Stripes - The White Stripes,Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand, Daft Punk - Homework


Anonymous said...

The cover picture is a crop of a larger picture featuring two naked, wheelchair-bound women.