But if you're not already familiar with Suede's grim history, there's no need to relive the pain. Just grab the first two reissues and pretend that's all there is. They're freshly remastered by the band, and each includes a shitload of boss B-sides, most of which are every bit as good as the singles they backed. Oh, and stay off Pitchfork for the next few weeks just in case they bother reviewing the post-Butler albums — it won't be pretty, and I'll just look like a big idiot for hyping Suede.
1) Actually, there really wasn't much of anything else — Suede, Pulp, and the Auteurs form the core of Britpop's axis of legitimacy; the rest is mostly Union Jack archtops and "lad culture" dregs.
2) Perhaps we should conveniently ignore the fact that Drowned in Sound is financed by the management company that represents Brett Anderson.
3) It's true, but they also say that shit about Arctic Monkeys every week, so I don't think anyone pays attention anymore.
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