Top 15 Suede Tunes

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Older and less heroin addled Brett Anderson is fit.

Oh yes, (just) another blog post, (just) another Britpop band. And today, we’re talking about Suede. So we had the Oasis vs Blur thing. We had Pulp challenging both of those bands for the Britpop crown and then we had Suede. Suede who sometimes (wrongly) get forgotten about or dismissed when discussing the best bands from that era. Suede who’s loss of their key songwriter after (actually during) the recording of their “difficult second album” spelled the demise of the band, but leader vocalist (and their other key songwriter), Brett Anderson was having none of it. 30 years after forming (happy anniversary guys) they are still churning out the tunes. In fact, their 8th studio album was released last year and I named it as one of my favourite albums of the year (right HERE in fact). Also, slight side note, but am I the only one that remembers the original rivalry was in fact between Suede vs Blur and not with Oasis? Does this make Blur the real troublemakers?

Favourite Suede album: Suede (1993, no.1)

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Here are my favourite tunes by our Suede.

15. Stay Together (1994, no.3, non-album single)

14. The Invisibles (2018, did not chart, The Blue Hour)

13. Sometimes I’ll Float Away (2013, album track, Bloodsports)

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12. By The Sea (1996, album track, Coming Up)

11. Saturday Night (1997, no.6, Coming Up)

10. Beautiful Ones (1996, no.8, Coming Up)

9. So Young (1993, no.22, Suede)

8. We Are the Pigs (1994, no.18, Dog Man Star)

7. Pantomime Horse (1993, album track, Suede)

6. Trash (1996, no.3, Coming Up)

5. The Drowners (1992, no.49, Suede)

4. Metal Mickey (1992, no.17, Suede)

3. The Wild Ones (1994, no.18, Dog Man Star)

2. The Next Life (1993, album track, Suede)

And my all time favourite Suede song is…

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1. Animal Nitrate (1993, no.7, Suede)

The one that almost made it: Brass in Pocket (1992, track featured on NME‘s charity compilation album Ruby Trax)

Don’t forget to tell me your favourite Suede

See you next week for the top Tori Amos tunes!

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Top 15 Pulp Tunes

Whilst many were fighting over who was superior- Blur or Oasis, there were many sitting to one side of this musical battle wryly commenting that it was in fact Pulp, that was the better band. Some may have said this just to be different or because they were sick of hearing about Blur or bloody Oasis. However, there was a good point to be made with that statement. Pulp were one of the best bands of the period and for me personally one of all my all time favourite bands. My affection for them started when I first heard Razzmatazz all the way back in 1993 and rushed out to buy the 7″ single. Imagine my joy when I discovered they had already been knocking out tunes since 1983 and there was already quite the back catalogue for me to delve into. But, for me, it was with their 1994 album His ‘n’ Hers that my love for Pulp really peaked. It is still to this day, one of my favourite albums. I was lucky enough to have caught them live several times, but my favourite concert of theirs was when they supported Blur at Alexandra Palace in 1994. I was right at the front and was mesmerised by their performance and Jarvis Cocker’s delectable charm. Whilst, Different Class was a fantastic album, my love for Pulp did wane some from This is Hardcore onwards.

Favourite Pulp album: His ‘n’ Hers (1994 no.9)

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Have a gander at my selected favourite Pulp tunes below and let me know which are your favourite.

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15. Lipgloss (1993, no.50, His ‘n’ Hers)

14. Something Changed (1996, no.10, Different Class)

13. My Legendary Girlfriend (1991, did not chart, Separations)

12. After You (2013, no.101, non-album single)

11. Mis-Shapes (1995, no.2, Different Class)

10. My Lighthouse (1983, did not chart, It)

9. She’s a Lady (1994, album track, His ‘n’ Hers)

8. Disco 2000 (1995, no.7, Different Class)

7. Masters of the Universe (1987, did not chart, Freaks)

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6. Bar Italia (1995, album track, Different Class)

5. Acrylic Afternoons (1994, album track, His ‘n’ Hers)

4. Do You Remember the First Time? (1994, no.33, His ‘n’ Hers)

3. Razzmatazz (1993, no.80, non-album single)

2. Common People (1995, no.2, Different Class)

and my all time favourite Pulp song is…

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1. Babies (1992,1994, no.19, His ‘n’ Hers)

The One That Almost Made It: Birds in Your Garden (2001, album track, We Love Life)

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All the interchangeable covers for the Different Class album (the three of them dancing was always my favourite).

Don’t forget to tell me your favourite Pulp track below.

See you next week for the very first Just Another Monthly. A monthly news letter, that will feature something to cook, something to read, something to buy, something to watch, something to laugh at and something to listen to. Plus other stuff that I might get round to cobbling together. Hope to see you there! The following week will feature all the best tunes from Björk.

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Top 20 Blur Tunes

Imagine, you’re at school and you feel a little different from everyone else. Not in a way that makes you special or some kind of teenage maverick genius. Just a bit different in an ordinary way. You find solace in music. You obsessively read NME, Melody Maker and Select every week. Holding on to every word spoken by every musician, like these music publications are your version of the bible. You enthusiastically bang on about your favourite songs, your favourite lyrics and your favourite guitar riffs to your bemused friends, who are wondering why you aren’t just satisfied with listening to the Dirty Dancing soundtrack like everyone else. Then you meet someone at school, who is just like you. Is as obsessed with music as you are. Who happily listens to you endlessly talk about music, who has as much to say about it as you, who listens to all your recommendations and loves them as much as you do and who is magically also obsessed with the same British band. A band who released a mediocre debut album (in 1991), but you both love them anyway. It was their championing of subculture that got you both, it was their lyrics, it was the sound of their guitar, their trail-blazing celebration of British culture and yes, it also happened to be the prettiness of their lead singer and bassist.

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I’m talking about Blur of course. It was my friendship with my fellow Blur loyalist and our need to see what else was out there outside of our hometown that led us to following Blur around on their tours, somehow ending up at their after show parties (uninvited), where I may or may not have done the following: vomited on Damon Albarn’s Adidas trainers, gifted Alex James with a poem a wrote about stars (CRINGECRINGEFUCKINGCRINGE), my friend and I drank their whole rider of wine without their permission, Graham gave me a packet of cigarettes when I’d just asked for one, I questioned Emma from Lush on when her baby was due (she wasn’t pregnant), I tried to kiss Food Records boss Andy Ross, I actually did kiss Phil Daniels in exchange for an access all areas backstage pass for me AND my friend and my mum accosted Damon outside a venue they had played at, much to mine and my friend’s horror as we were just leaving a Blur’s aftershow party feeling particular cool. That quickly dissipated seeing my mum wagging her finger in Damon’s direction. Damon and Dave were always very kind, polite and respectful. Graham was bit of a dick, but in a funny and likeable way. Alex was just a dick (but so pretty). We went on every tour of theirs, but the access into their parties soon came to an end once they became hugely successful. There was no sneaking into aftershow parties at Wembley. Quaffing riders aside, from the first album their music went from strength to strength until for me personally it dipped a bit circa 1995. From 1997, Blur returned to form with a new sound and one of their best albums, reinventing themselves in a way that their key rivals Oasis were never capable of (for the record the notorious “battle of the bands” in 1995 between Oasis and Blur when they both vied for the no.1 slot, was just embarrassing. Both records were equally dire). Blur have been together for 30 years now and in celebration of this here are my favourite songs and albums by them. There’s a Spotify playlist at the end for you all because I love you.

Best Albums

8. The Great Escape (1995, no.1)

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7. The Magic Whip (2015, no.1)

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6. Leisure (1991, no.7)

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5. Think Tank (2003, no.1)

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4. 13 (1999, no.1)

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3. Blur (1997, no.1)

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2. Modern Life is Rubbish (1993, no.15)

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1. Parklife (1994, no.1)

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Top 20 Songs

20. You’re So Great (1996, album track, Blur)

19. Sunday Sunday (1993, no.26, Modern Life is Rubbish)

18. Under the Westway (2012, no.34, non-album single)

17. Beetlebum (1997, no.1, Blur)

16. Entertain Me- Live it Remix (1995, B-side for The Universal and original version from The Great Escape)

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15. Tender (1999, no.2, 13)

14. Popscene (1992, no.32, non-album single)

13. There’s No Other Way (1991, no.8, Leisure)

12. Theme From an Imaginary Film (1994, B-side for Parklife)

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11. Young and Lovely (1993, B-side for Chemical World)

10. Coffee & TV (1999, no.11, 13)

9. Battery in Your Leg (2003, album track, Think Tank)

8. Out of Time (2003, No. 5, Think Tank)

7. End of a Century (1994, no.19, Parklife)

6. No Distance Left to Run (1999, no.14, 13)

5. Sing (1991, album track, Leisure)

4. Girls & Boys (1994, no.5, Parklife)

3. For Tomorrow- Visit to Primrose Hill extended version (1993, no.28, Modern Life is Rubbish)

2. Song 2 (1997, no.2, Blur)

And my all time favourite Blur song is…

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1. This is a Low (1994, album track, Parklife)

The one that almost made it: The Wassailing Song. This was given out free on 7″ vinyl at a Christmas Blur gig I went to in Fulham in (if my memory serves me right) 1992. It’s a cover of a traditional British Christmas song and this vinyl was one of my most prized possessions. However, I have no idea where it is now (sad face).

This post is dedicated to my mate Angela. My fellow Blur loyalist.

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Don’t forget to tell me your favourite Blur tune below.

See you next week for my top Pulp songs!

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