Suede’s Brett Anderson: ‘The charts are rubbish because record labels play it safe’

Frontman also tells NME bands have become too careerist

Suede frontman Brett Anderson has slated the state of the UK’s Top 40.

The singer – whose latest album ‘Bloodsports’ debuted at Number 10 in the album charts yesterday – criticised record companies for not taking more of a risk on new bands and going for a safe option. He told the Daily Star: “There’s less money so record companies play safe. They can’t afford to nurture something interesting so music is made by committee.” But he is optimistic a new wave of music will help revitalise the industry, adding: “When music seems dead, that’s exactly the time that something exciting happens.”

Anderson also criticises a lot of bands in his interview for the current issue of the NME, saying that many of today’s alternative rockers are too careeriest in their motives. He says: “I think being in an alternative rock band has become a career over the years, sadly. I never thought I was embarking on a career in 1989 – we didn’t think five days ahead, let alone five years. I don’t think a band nowadays would have the motivation to make a record like ‘Dog Man Star’ for their second album. We were always maverick, a bit ‘fuck you’ to the record label.”

To read more about Anderson’s views on reunions, Bowie’s comeback and their new album ‘Bloodsports’ pick up the current issue of NME, on newsstands now or available digitally.

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