This double CD compilation consisting of our favourite singles, B sides and album tracks is a great nostalgia trip for immersing yourself in the 90’s. With 10 years on the kids can finally have a defining decade, the time of original indie boys and ‘Britpop’. With so many skinny jeaned long haired male vocalists and guitarists bandied around the likes of lead singer Brett Anderson and similarly Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker’s legacy lives on yet still stands out.
With musical associations of individuality the British public are crying out for originality, and ironically reverting back, much like fashion, to bands from the decades of old. Hence the emergence of Suede’s upcoming tour dates and echoes of a Pulp reunion equating to a possible Britpop revival? The experimental noughties are grand as far as music is concerned, alive with a mash of new subgenres, but sometimes our post punk pop or dubstep disco remixes crave a bit of operatic old school rock. This is not to say the modern successors such as artic monkeys, libertines, doves etc. don’t give the same impact! But admittedly modern ‘guitar bands’ don’t have the ambient violin or piano edge of Suede’s keys player and authentic synth master Neil Codling. On that note the door slamming days of wistfully singing (or quietly weeping) to epic passion fuelled tunes such as Beautiful Ones, Stay Together and Saturday Night can now be recreated.
It’s not all melodrama and tension though! The lively superhits Can’t Get Enough, Lazy, Trash and Aminal Nitrate are enough to get po-mo’s to mods grabbing air guitars. Predictions are that this album will be gratefully received, create old memories to be had over pints, or less idealistically a few sentimental smiles whilst walking to the bus stop. In essence button up the blazers, switch off Sonic the Hedgehog and blast out 97’ top ten hit Filmstar it’s a Saturday night! Retro is full of clichés which this band have a legacy far detached from.