To coincide with the release
of the album Singles,
Suede played a unique set of gigs over five nights. Each night, they
played one of their five albums in entirety.
Their first show, dedicated
to their debut album Suede
was an outstanding success. It included their first live performance
of 'Breakdown', old B-sides and two new songs, 'Attitude' and 'Golden
There was also an exhibition
area, displaying an entire wall of Suede magazine front covers,
photos, artwork- current and original concepts and a shop selling
Suede albums, merchandise and a selection of the band's favourite
books and movies.
Man Star, considered by many as Suede's best album was
the agenda for the next show. An incredible night was had by all.
All the favourites were heard plus the amazing encore featuring
three of Suede's best B sides (or other tracks if you prefer), 'The
Living Dead', 'My Dark Star' and 'Killing of a Flash Boy'. All could
have been A sides in their own right. The following is a video of
The Living Dead. It features Bernard not Richard. This is an original.
The third show featured
Up, once described by Select Magazine as the "Comeback
of the Century" and it was another front cover. This was the album
that united a new Suede and threw them back into the headlights
and headlines. And it showed in the band's party like attitude.
They played through the album and an excellent choice of B (there's
that letter again) sides, thoroughly enjoying themselves almost
as much as the audience.
of the Head
Music show, confused much of the crowd. Alex, Richard
and Brett, one at a time began a different rhythmic beat, quite
strange and wondrous, until the debut of 'Hi-Fi'. Simon joins in,
there is more rhythm and the sounds of a Hi-Fi city echo through
the audience. And when the band break into 'Head Music', it all
starts to make sense. Suede are playing the album in the way they
felt at the time. Listen to the lyrics, the style, and the inner
meanings. Yes, it is " ...all in the mind". After a few well-known
and often performed songs, the live premiere of 'Asbestos' arrives
and as the rest of the album is unrolled, one wonders why this was
Suede's least popular album. The songs are brilliant. The encore
includes another debut, 'God's Gift' a beautiful other side. The
new songs, 'Attitude', 'Golden Gun' are replayed and to end the
night, it is back to DMS with the breathtaking double of 'The Asphalt
World' and 'Still Life'.
This is an album where the
songs seem to be loved and appreciated being played live than heard
on an Album. The band is all go again tonight and Brett is talking
to the crowd, much to the delight and amazement of many. I'm not
sure why, from what I have heard he is always open to the audience
but maybe this was in a more special way.
Having cruised through the
album, the other sides were played and once more the new songs.
Finally after playing several repeats off the earlier albums, Brett
asks the audience what final song they would like to hear. Well,
we in the know don't even blink when the unanimous roar is for 'Stay
Together'. And this incredible song is finally performed live by
the current Suede, and don't the crowd just love it. It would have
been worth the price of all five nights just to hear this gem live.
I wonder how the band felt later, because it was an
Unfortunately I have been unable to get this Youtube back at this time, will try again.
'Attitude' is now out in
three formats and Singles
was released on 20th October, 2003.