The third and final part of our meet with Suede where we put your questions to them.
Does Neil like antiques? (Purple Girl, England)
Neil: “I’m glad you asked me that. Not really, and I hate watching the The Antiques Roadshow. It’s always shown in the winter on Sunday evenings, and it’s really depressing. It’s always dark outside. It’s so English, and it’s all part of that dreary idea of what it is to be English. It’s really parochial, seedy, it’s all about poking your nose into someone else’s business.”
People bully me at school for liking Suede. What should I say to defend myself? (Barry Beautiful One, Carlisle)
Brett: “Tell them they’re the cowards. If they have to persecute someone to make their own lives seem better then that’s pathetic. Tell them we’re going to go up to their school and get them.
“I don’t know, when you’re into music at school it says a lot about your identity and personality, and a lot of it was about getting into trouble with other people. You have to break an egg to make an omelette, don’t you?”
Your life depends on collaborating musically with either Damon Albarn or Bernard Butler. Which one do you choose? (Derek Brodie, Manchester)
Mat: “Well, we’ve done one of them, so it would have to be Damon.”
Brett: “What song would we do? We’d probably do a cover of ‘I’ve Got A Lovely Bunch Of Coconuts’.”
Mat: “In a ragga stylee.”
Simon: “He’ll probably phone us up now and demand to know how we knew what he was working on.”
Have Suede become a parody of themselves? (John Rickleford, Kent)
Brett: “Not at all. Part of being in a band is being a parody. I don’t think anyone will listen to ‘Head Music’ and think it’s a parody of Suede. I think what we’ve done on it is develop the sound of the band, but keep to the heart of what Suede‘s all about.
“It’s true that there are certain constants in Suede‘s world that we go back to, but there’s a fine line between repetition and just having a lexicon of words to fall back on. Sometimes I fall the wrong side of it, but I like to have a palette of words that I use, like an artist has a style. That’s part of what makes Suede what they are.”
And that’s yer whack. Suede ambled off into the sunset but they’ll be back in June with ‘She’s In Fashion’, the s econd single from ‘Head Music’ and a sure-fire summer hit as well as headliners at the MTV Five Night Stand on Monday (May 9) at The London Shepherds Bush Empire and fest appearances at V99. If you have any more questions, you’ll need to accost them yourselves.
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