Sci-Fi Lullabies

Sci-Fi Lullabies

by SuedeSuede

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Overview

Few debut singles have the impact of Suede's "The Drowners," which helped set the course to Britpop and established Suede as one of the U.K.'s most important bands. In that light, it isn't surprising that the B-sides were considered as important as the A-side -- the slow, grinding "My Insatiable One" was covered in concerts by Morrissey weeks after its release, while the band often closed shows with the majestic "To the Birds." The strength of the "Drowners" B-sides wasn't an anomaly -- it established a precedent of high-quality B-sides that Suede strove to maintain on their first three albums. The double-disc Sci-Fi Lullabies collects the majority of those B-sides, leaving behind the odd live track and remix, as well as the worthy "Painted People" and "Asda Town" and the non-LP single "Stay Together." What's included is stellar, offering an alternate history of Suede. In fact, the first disc -- comprised of Suede and Dog Man Star B-sides, plus the haunting "Europe Is Our Playground" -- is as strong as any of their albums, featuring such essentials as the sleazy "He's Dead," "The Living Dead," "My Dark Star," the storming "Killing of a Flash Boy," the sighing "Where the Pigs Don't Fly," and "Whipsnade," all strong enough to be A-sides. Disc two isn't quite as consistent, which might be because they're all drawn from the singles for Coming Up, but it does find the band exploring their darker, more adventurous side, which they largely suppressed on that record. Unlike most B-sides compilations, Sci-Fi Lullabies is far from extraneous -- for any Suede fan, and most fans of contemporary Britpop, this is absolutely essential material, confirming the group's status as one of the '90s' greatest bands.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/27/2014
Label: Imports
UPC: 0740155706937
catalogNumber: 2553968
Rank: 70338

Album Credits

Performance Credits

London Suede   Primary Artist
Brett Anderson   Vocals
Bernard Butler   Guitar,Keyboards
Simon Gilbert   Drums
Mat Osman   Electric Bass
Richard Oakes   Guitar
Neil Codling   Guitar,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Brett Anderson   Composer
Ed Buller   Producer
Bernard Butler   Composer
Ian Caple   Producer
Mat Osman   Composer
Richard Oakes   Composer
Peter Saville   Art Direction
Neil Codling   Composer
Jools Williamson   Artwork,Reissue Design
John Kippin   Cover Image
Bruce Iampcov   Producer

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