Memory Songs #5 “The Drowners” by Suede

Memory Songs #5 “The Drowners” by Suede

It is May 15th 1991. I am 17 years old...two months shy of my eighteenth birthday. The only thing that really matters in my life is Morrissey. I have a loving family, a faith, friends and, astonishingly, a girlfriend but none of that matters in the way that Morrissey matters. I had been sixteen, clumsy [...]

Readers Lives – The Alternative Britpop 50 (part one)

Readers Lives – The Alternative Britpop 50 (part one)

Well, hello everyone.Here we all are again.Again.After publishing my list of the "definitive" records of the Britpop era I asked people to let me know which records they would have included, because I knew that there was no way everyone was going to agree with my choices and that some people were going to be [...]

Covered in Glory

Covered in Glory

I loves me a good cover version. There is something quite thrilling about hearing a song you love by a band you love being covered by someone else that you love...or by someone that you have never heard of.  I don't care if it's a straight, note for note, identikit version of the original or [...]

Have You Ever Been This Low? Coming Up with Suede

Have You Ever Been This Low?  Coming Up with Suede

When I attended the Edinburgh International Book Festival appearance from Brett Anderson a few weeks ago he discussed the early, formative moments of Suede and how they had placed an ad in the music press looking for a guitarist...an advert that brought two applicants, one from Ken and another from Bernard Butler. I wonder what [...]