Suede frontman Brett Anderson has labelled the mid-’90s Britpop scene that the band were often tied in with as “ugly and without artistic worth”.
In an exclusive new interview in this week’s NME, on newsstands from today (October 8) and available digitally, Anderson goes into detail about the history, writing and fallout of second album ‘Dog Man Star’ – which celebrates its 20th anniversary this week.
Though Anderson explicitly said that the darkness and theatricality of the record were not a result of becoming “disillusioned” with the scene, he did condemn the latter part of Britpop as the “big cartoon of the mid-’90s”. “I thought it was really ugly and without any kind of artistic worth, we did want to distance ourselves,” he said.
Elsewhere, Anderson went into the inter-band tensions that lead to guitarist Bernard Butler leaving the band during the sessions for the 1994 album.
Detailing the circumstances that led Anderson to continue working with producer Ed Buller rather than allow Butler to produce, the singer stated that he “called [Butler’s] bluff” by picking Buller but subsequently regrets the decision. “I regret it terribly, but that’s just the way it is. You can’t go back and fix these things, they’re unfixable. They’re just there. Your mistakes haunt you and they hang over you and there’s nothing you can do about them,” Anderson revealed. “All you can do is lie there at four o’clock in the morning sometimes thinking ‘what if I’d done that differently?’”
The full interview can be read in this week’s NME magazine.
‘Dog Man Star’ was released in October 1994 and was the last Suede album to feature Bernard Butler on guitar. The band subsequently recruited Richard Oakes to replace him and have released four more studio LPs with that line-up, including last year’s comeback record ‘Bloodsports’.