Suede Make The Pain Go Away

Nov 20th, 2007 // 7 Comments

So today is my first day of working in my new home office, which is great, except for the fact that most of today has been soundtracked by really really loud drilling. It’s not in my apartment, but it’s nonetheless been piercing and close enough to make me feel like I’ve been bolted down to a dentist’s chair for the past six hours or so, my mouth propped open as I pray for some ungodly root canal/extraction/lingual brace application combo procedure to end so I could go stick my face in a big plate of mashed potatoes. Well, not to jinx things, but I think whatever was going on is finally finished, which means I can do what I’ve wanted to do all day: Listen to Suede’s first album, which wasn’t really designed to break through super-screechy metal-on-wall screeching. (The Stickmen almost made it through the din, but not quite.) This was all inspired by me seeing the video for “Metal Mickey” last night, so I’ll share that clip with you now, even if it does have some butcher-shop closeups that are kind of gross. Bonus: My Hype Machine trawl for some supplemental post material resulted in me finding their 1995 cover of Elvis Costello’s “Shipbuilding”; the cover, which apparently appeared on the 1995 compilation Help, is new to me, making it a treat that’s almost as pleasant as a huge pile of easily chewable starch.

Suede [Hype Machine]
Suede – Metal Mickey [YouTube]

  1. How do I say this ... THROWDINI!

    I’m at work, so I can’t watch the video, but is this “London Suede”? You know, like The Charlatans U.K.

    I always found it funny when British bands with the same name of a long-forgotten/never-known U.S. band had to change their name, but just a little.

  2. JudgeFudge

    Now this is a x-mas gift come early! Thanks M.

  3. Ned Raggett

    @How do I say this … THROWDINI!: Yes, ‘London’ Suede, and please never mention that abomination of a name again.

    Yours, the guy what ran a Suede mailing list for many years and freely admits to it cause why not?

    (And yes, cool post M!)

  4. Nicolars

    Not just London Suede, but “The London Suede”. It was sooo lame.

  5. NickEddy

    I was JUST thinking on the way to work that what would be nice would be the latter day Suede to reform, but with Bernard Butler AND Richard Oakes. They must all need the money.

    I liked the Tears record, but that Brett solo record was “fairly crap,” as one says.

    AND the Oakes guitar break/solo on “Sadie” at 3:42 is possibly the sickest thing in recorded history (sez me).

    So, yeah. Someone call Ricky Gervais and have him finesse this. Thanks!

  6. Dick Laurent is dead.

    I let out a little squeal of delight just now, thank god I’m the only one here. Danke, Maura.

  7. ass-hat

    there was some good stuff on that ‘help’ album. the first version of radiohead’s ‘lucky’ and manic street preachers cover of ‘raindrops keep falling on my head’ especially.

    you americans will know them as “the blackwood (wales) manic street preachers”, or something.

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