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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

When Music Starts To Suck, Go Back To Suede And McAlmont & Butler

Children, long before Bernard Butler was crafting much of Duffy's award-winning album Rockferry, he was songwriting/playing guitar for two of the most flamboyant frontmen of the past 16 or so years: Suede's Brett Anderson and David McAlmont.

But this isn't a tired history lesson. Rather, during these lulls in good music—when the Black Eyed Peas and Rascal Flatts are #1—I tend to reassess some of the "oldies" in my D'luvvly music collection.

McAlmont & Butler's two albums have now been added to U.S. iTunes. Below is the clip for their 1995 live performance of "Yes"—considered by some to be legendary—on Later With Jools Holland, as well as my fave Suede single, "Stay Together," from Top Of The Pops in early '94 (Brett appears to be singing live atop an instrumental track).

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  • At 2:25 PM, Anonymous Pranav said…

    Good decision to assess some of these acts. I think Suede was one of the most overlooked bands of the 90s in the US. Fortunately, they met with success overseas. For those that have not heard of Suede, check out the following tracks by them:

    a) She's in fashion
    b) The chemistry between us
    c) Beautiful Ones
    d) Lazy
    e) Trash

  • At 2:39 PM, Blogger DanProject76 said…

    You can never have too much McAlmont & Butler, Suede and indeed The Tears! (and David McAlmont)

  • At 3:22 PM, Blogger D'luv said…

    Pranav and Dan Project, true words!

    I think my five Suede faves are:

    1. Stay Together
    2. Animal Nitrate
    3. Beautiful Ones
    4. Everything Will Flow
    5. We Are The Pigs

  • At 3:55 PM, Blogger Vinny Vero said…

    My fave Suede tracks are:

    1. Filmstar
    2. Everything Will Flow
    3. Animal Nitrate
    4. So Young
    5. Trash

    Thanks for reminding me I don't have Suede on my iPod!

  • At 5:00 PM, Blogger 17days said…

    my top 5 suede songs:

    1. Beautiful Ones
    2. Everything Will Flow
    3. Money
    4. Still Like
    5. She's In Fashion

  • At 12:01 AM, Blogger  said…

    my five Suede favs:
    1. We Are The Pigs
    2. The Living Dead
    3. So Young
    4. Stay Together
    5. Lazy

    I also love Pantomime Horse and Be My God very very much, but there is only 5 quota...

  • At 12:07 AM, Blogger  said…

    BTW, I recommend McAlmont and Butler's with both feet! You shouldn't miss their brilliant music

  • At 1:36 AM, Blogger Paul said…

    After reading this post and revisiting their music i have to say that "yes i do feel better". XO also introduced me to a gorgeous McAlmont solo track from the late 90s (a ballad) a while back but i can't find it on my hard drive to tell you the name. Help XO!

  • At 10:43 AM, Anonymous Billy Jean's Lover said…

    Really? McAlmont & Butler blow monkey chunks, as (The London) Suede. Pretentious, "credible" shit.

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