“Meh” Dept.: Suede Has “Thoughts” About a New Album


Fun for the entire family, yo. Hey, what about that Quadrophenia box set, eh?

By Uncle Blurt

Hey, who raced out to buy that Suede comeback album after the Britpop “heroes” reunited back in 2010? Yeah, me neither; I don’t even remember the title. This despite the fact that I was a pretty passionate fan back in the early ‘90s when Brett & Co. were hitting their stride. But that was then, and this is now, and let’s face it—we Yanks, honestly, could give a shit about Britpop and its residual detritus. That recent Blur comeback album? Meh. I mean, Johnny Marr’s latest solo rec and the recent Noel Gallagher album were actually pretty great, but neither of them were trading on their previous band’s reputations; they were consciously trying to distance themselves from the ‘90s, in fact.

Anyhow, Suede has a new one, Night Thoughts, which will be the group’s 7th album and is due “early next year” (or as NME reports), whatever that vague announcement means [Er, it is actually slated for Jan. 22. —Factcheck Ed.], and there will of course be a multiple formats, special editions, blah blah blah. Among the proverbial goodies will be a DVD film directed by Roger Sargent, who in a burst of poetic hyperbole, explains:

“The record deals with a lot of familial themes — life, death, love, anguish and despair; themes that are expanded upon in its visual companion, providing a study of how those elements affect the human psyche. The film starts with a man drowning in the waters of a deserted beach at night, as he fights for life, his mind plays out the events that lead him to be there.”

So, er, dude – ya ever hear about a little record called Quadrophenia?

Suede plans to mount a preemptive album premiere via a pair of shows at the Roundhouse in London on Nov. 13 and 14. No word on whether Pete Townshend – the ORIGINAL Brit-popper, eh? – will attend, but the Sargent film is slated to play behind the band as it performs. So, this is going to be a silent film?

Here’s the trailer. Keep an eye out for those familial themes — boredom, repetition, one-upmanship, inbreeding and peevishness.

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