James’ Shamelessly Nostalgic A-Z Of Albums That He Liked To Listen To When He Was Young – Part 3: Coming Up

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Day 3 of the A-Z challenge and who would have imagined we’d be dealing the letter ‘C’?

So we’d better head off to 1996 and ‘C’ what we can find…


C is for Coming Up

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Given that some people credit Suede for paving the way for many of the bands that were part of the ‘Britpop’ phenomenon of the nineties, it’s perhaps strange that I wasn’t really that into them initially.

Because I liked a lot of those other bands.

But somehow Suede’s first two albums completely passed me by, and I really only began to take heed of them when they released this, their third album.

Although, in fairness, it’s not a bad place to start if you’re discovering the band for the first time.

Coming off the back of the departure of Bernard Butler (arguably one of the greatest guitarists of his generation, and a man who had already achieved his own success a year earlier with McAlmont and Butler and one of the tracks of the nineties in ‘Yes’) Suede’s third album needed to be pretty good to settle the nerves of the fans who thought his exit was terminal for the band.

‘Coming Up’ delivered everything it needed to. Easily representing their biggest commercial success, some of Suede’s biggest hits come from this album, including ‘Beautiful Ones’ and ‘Saturday Night’.

But I’ll leave you today with ‘Trash’. A song that is not at all rubbish…

  9 comments for “James’ Shamelessly Nostalgic A-Z Of Albums That He Liked To Listen To When He Was Young – Part 3: Coming Up

  1. The Whitechapel Whelk
    April 3, 2020 at 8:37 am

    I have read this one and was sorely tempted to make some inane comment, totally lacking in humour or insight that you might have felt duty-bound to spend valuable time answering. However, because I know how utterly, spirit-crushingly, dull, dull, dull, the exercise can be, I have decided to desist so that you can make a nice cup of tea, chat to your partner, or gaze from the window in quiet reflection for a few moments instead.

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    • April 3, 2020 at 8:42 am

      Time is a somewhat precious commodity at the moment, what with all the ‘working from home’ I’m pretending to do, so your sentiment is appreciated.

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      • The Whitechapel Whelk
        April 3, 2020 at 9:07 am

        James, I’m one of life’s givers, my friend. Merry lockdown and a prosperous quarantine to you and yours at this most infectious time of year. Stay safe, mate.

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  2. April 3, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    I’m ashamed to say I’ve never even heard of this band…

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    • April 3, 2020 at 1:21 pm

      They were big in 90s Britain. It’s a fairly narrow frame of reference to be fair…

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  3. April 3, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    I’m with Rivergirl here, although she isn’t even aware of my existence, and, to be honest, I’m not ashamed. (not not ashamed that she isn’t aware of my existence but not not ashamed that I’ve never heard of them)(just to make it plain) Very Bowie-ish!

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    • April 3, 2020 at 4:12 pm

      I think it’s fair to say that Bowie was an influence.

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  4. April 8, 2020 at 12:35 pm

    Beautiful Ones is a song that is played fairly often on my Stereo. I remember that I bought the Maxi CD because I couldn’t get into most of Suede’s music. Maybe I should consider giving it another try.

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    • April 8, 2020 at 2:54 pm

      Suede always struck me as a band I probably should like, rather than one I actually loved. But they’ve grown on me over the years and I do really rate them now.


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