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The London Boys: US Suede compilation now available to pre-order

‘The London Suede’ 2CD and 2LP sets

The recently announced Beautiful Ones: Best of Suede 1992 – 2018 is now available to pre-order in America as ‘The Best of The London Suede

As most Suede fans are aware, the band were forced to adopt the the moniker ‘The London Suede’ in the US after a American pop and jazz singer of the same name successfully sued in 1993, citing trademark violation.

Only the 2CD and 2LP vinyl formats are available as ‘The London Suede’, so US fans looking for the 4CD or 6LP sets will have to secure these by importing ‘Suede’ versions from the UK or Europe. Don’t forget, the SDE shop is stocking the UK indies-only 2LP clear vinyl version of this compilation, and we ship to the US.

Beautiful Ones: Best of The London Suede 1992 – 2018 is released on 9 October 2020 (was 2 October).

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Beautiful Ones: Best of The Suede 1992-2018  2LP black vinyl edition

SIDE ONE
1. The Drowners
2. Metal Mickey
3. Animal Nitrate
4. So Young
5. Stay Together
[short version]
6. We Are The Pigs

SIDE TWO
1. The Wild Ones
2. New Generation
3. Trash
4. Beautiful Ones
5. Saturday Night

SIDE THREE
1. Filmstar
2. She’s In Fashion
3. Everything Will Flow
4. Can’t Get Enough
5. Obsessions [radio edit]

SIDE FOUR
1. It Starts And Ends With You
2. For The Strangers
3. Outsiders
4. The Invisibles
5. Life Is Golden

CD 1

1. The Drowners
2. To The Birds
3. My Insatiable One
4. Metal Mickey
5. Animal Nitrate
6. So Young
7. Pantomime Horse
8. Stay Together [long version]
9. My Dark Star
10. We Are The Pigs
11. Killing Of A Flashboy
12. Heroine
13. The Wild Ones
14. New Generation
15. The Asphalt World

CD 2

1. Trash
2. Europe Is Our Playground [Sci-Fi Lullabies version]
3. Filmstar
4. By The Sea
5. She
6. Beautiful Ones
7. Saturday Night
8. She’s In Fashion
9. Everything Will Flow
10. Can’t Get Enough
11. Indian Strings
12. It Starts And Ends With You
13. For The Strangers
14. Sometimes I Feel I’ll Float Away
15. Outsiders
16. Life Is Golden
17. The Invisibles
18. Flytipping

 

Beautiful Ones: Best of Suede 1992-2018 4CD set

CD 1

1. The Drowners
2. Metal Mickey
3. Animal Nitrate
4. So Young
5. Stay Together [long version]
6. We Are The Pigs
7. The Wild Ones
8. New Generation
9. Trash
10. Filmstar
11. Lazy
12. Beautiful Ones
13. Saturday Night

CD 2

1. Electricity
2. She’s In Fashion
3. Everything Will Flow
4. Can’t Get Enough
5. Obsessions
6. Barriers
7. It Starts And Ends With You
8. For The Strangers
9. Outsiders
10. Wastelands
11. Life Is Golden
12. The Invisibles

CD 3

1. To The Birds
2. My Insatiable One
3. He’s Dead
4. The Big Time
5. Pantomime Horse
6. Sleeping Pills
7. The Next Life
8. High Rising
9. My Dark Star
10. The Living Dead
11. Killing Of A Flashboy
12. Heroine
13. This Hollywood Life
14. The 2 of Us
15. The Asphalt World
16. Still Life

CD 4

1. Europe Is Our Playground [Sci-Fi Lullabies version]
2. She
3. By The Sea
4. He’s Gone
5. Indian Strings
6. Oceans
7. Snowblind
8. Sabotage
9. Sometimes I Feel I’ll Float Away
10. Pale Snow
11. I Don’t Know How To Reach You
12. Tightrope
13. As One
14. All The Wild Places
15. Flytipping

Beautiful Ones: Best of Suede 1992-2018 6LP white vinyl

SIDE ONE

1. The Drowners
2. Metal Mickey
3. Animal Nitrate
4. So Young
5. Stay Together [long version]

SIDE TWO

1. We Are The Pigs
2. The Wild Ones
3. New Generation
4. Trash
5. Filmstar

SIDE THREE

1. Lazy
2. Beautiful Ones
3. Saturday Night
4. Electricity
5. She’s In Fashion

SIDE FOUR

1. Everything Will Flow
2. Can’t Get Enough
3. Obsessions
4. Barriers
5. It Starts And Ends With You

SIDE FIVE

1. For The Strangers
2. Outsiders
3. Wastelands
4. Life Is Golden
5. The Invisibles

SIDE SIX

1. To The Birds
2. My Insatiable One
3. He’s Dead
4. The Big Time

SIDE SEVEN

1. Pantomime Horse
2. Sleeping Pills
3. The Next Life
4. High Rising

SIDE EIGHT

1. My Dark Star
2. The Living Dead
3. Killing Of A Flashboy
4. Heroine
5. This Hollywood Life

SIDE NINE

1. The 2 of Us
2. The Asphalt World
3. Still Life

SIDE TEN

1. Europe Is Our Playground [Sci-Fi Lullabies version]
2. She
3. By The Sea
4. He’s Gone
5. Indian Strings
6. Oceans

SIDE ELEVEN

1. Snowblind
2. Sabotage
3. Sometimes I Feel I’ll Float Away
4. Pale Snow
5. I Don’t Know How To Reach You

SIDE TWELVE
1. Tightrope
2. As One
3. All The Wild Places
4. Flytipping

47 responses to The London Boys: US Suede compilation now available to pre-order

  1. Mark Jensen says:

    It really seems like there would be plenty of room on the second cd of the 4 cd set to have included Positivity, Attitude, and even Hit Me. Seems a bit obnoxious to keep trying to rewrite history by leaving those first two out of otherwise complete singles collections, especially Positivity, which is a great song.

  2. Paul English says:

    I wonder which version of Stay Together
    8:29
    or
    7:26

  3. Larry Davis says:

    I don’t have a problem with the US name The London Suede…I think a BETTER name would be English Suede, which to me sounds more sophisticated…but it is what it is…as for American artists having to change their name in Britain, someone said Wheatus…nope, they are a band from where I’m from (next town over to be exact), Northport, Long Island, NY, USA, and have always been called that…was a nickname given to leader Brendan B Brown as a kid by his dad…and lately, there are southern US bands changing their names because of negative connotations due to associations to slavery and it’s ugly times…for good (Dixie Chicks to just The Chicks…their new album “Gaslighter” is brilliant) and bad (Lady Antebellum to Lady A and promptly rightfully got sued by soul/funk/gospel artist Lady A who had the name for 30 years!!)

  4. Darren B says:

    I agree, ‘The London Suede” was an awful name change to have to adopt. They should have gone for “Sued Suede” or even just “Sued”

    • SimonP says:

      I’d have gone for:

      ‘Suede. The Good One From London, Not The Litigious Nobody You’d Never Even Knew Existed Until They Sued Us’.

      Would that be allowed?

      • Jorje Chica says:

        I’m on record as saying I hated (and continue to hate) the name The London Suede, but in Suede’s (the jazz singer) defense, she did register the trademark for the name in the United States first. So under the law she was entitled to protect her mark (professional name) and to sue anyone who tried to use the name for profit to her detriment. I don’t know one way or another if she is/was litigious, which implies she sued others.

        • Paul Sinclair says:

          Exactly. She got there first, so it’s just tough luck on the British ‘Suede’.

          • AndyB says:

            I actually like the name “The London Suede.” Just “Suede” feels too short and clunky. But my opinion is probably based on the fact that, as an American, I knew no different when their first album appeared on this side of the Atlantic. First impressions are everything…

  5. Jorje Chica says:

    I am not thrilled with this comp at all. The name London Suede has always irked me, but in their heyday I bought the original U.K. cd releases of all the albums and singles anyway. Except for the songs from Bloodsports and Night Moves, I have all these songs many times over, so I’ll be skipping this one. And am I the only one who thinks the sleeve photo is terrible?

    • Stan Butler says:

      True, t’s not a very Suede type cover.
      I suspect this will come down to £20 in time,
      With no exclusive material, I can wait,

    • Tom Walsh says:

      I agree about the cover. If you are in the picture then you might love it but I don’t think it fits Suede’s aesthetic (ooh get me!) and what about the rest of the band?

  6. TOM RICHARDSON says:

    I love Suede but the headline led me to think it was a new box set from 80s-90s Eurobeat combo The London Boys! And part of me is very sad that it isn’t!

  7. mike williams says:

    London Boys? Is this a europop-suede mash-up? Requiem!

  8. Larry Davis says:

    Thanks for the link to Rough Trade USA…ordered & will pick it up at the Brooklyn store to save on the shipping…signed up and free shipping on future purchases, which is cool, price on this Suede box was good too…as for their B-sides, they had enough of them to compile the 2CD release “Sci-Fi Lullabies” which was as strong and flowed as well as one of their regular albums!! The only other B-sides/rarities collection I can think of that flowed as well is the Cure boxset “Join The Dots”…just have to say the original 2011 2CD/DVD reissue of the debut album was flawless but the 25th anniversary silver box of it sucked so bad so I sold it & had to part with the signed pic too…

  9. Justin Cole says:

    U.S. resident here who wants the 6 lp edition. Recommendations?

  10. Gareth Jones says:

    I think the Charlatans were called Charlatans UK in America too. I wonder if it ever worked the other way around? Any American bands who had to add US to their name to avoid getting sued?

    • gary oliver says:

      .. Wheat ? (teenage dirtbag)
      .

    • Stan Butler says:

      The 90s US grunge combo Nirvana, had to pay the original British 60s psych-popsters Nirvana, an alleged $100,000 to continue using the name ,after legal action was undertaken.

    • Michael says:

      That is an interesting question. BTW, I have yet to hear the American Suede, The Beat or Charlatans.

      • Iain Mac says:

        Although they didn’t stick around too long The Charlatans (US version) were a SF band in the 60s, same scene as the Dead and the Airplane

    • Wayne says:

      The Beat were known as The English Beat in America for the same sort of reasons too.

      • LowPop says:

        The only example that comes to mind is from the 80s where there were two bands, one in the UK and the other from America, both named Wrathchild. The American band ended up having to change their name to Wrathchild America.

    • Poptones says:

      I guess you won’t find any american band changing their name simply because american bands only care about the US market. Usually they try to become big in America and then it’s easy to conqueer the world. And once you’re a big name in the US (with a major record company and big lawyers) you don’t need to worry about a band in the UK, in France, Germany having the same name. They don’t really care about being sued once they’re already big in their own country. And lawsuits are part of the business in America.
      When Nirvana started in 1987 and became big in 1991 with Nevermind, they didn’t care about the british band Nirvana threatening to sue them. As Cobain and co didn’t care, Nirvana UK even covered Lithium to get the attention of Nirvana US. They reached an agreement after Nirvana UK sued them and as Stan already mentioned, Nirvana reportedly paid $100,000 (no big deal for a band that sold 10 million copies of Nevermind in the US and 20 million in the rest of the world).

      On the contrary, british bands (and europeans bands) try to break America. It’s part of the label’s strategy to crack the US in order to become big internationally. The US market is the biggest one.

      British bands like the Charlatans, the Beat, Suede, Wham!, Yazoo, etc. had to change their name because they only had success in the UK (and sometimes Europe). It’s also worth mentioning (even obscure) american bands are often savvy and register their name at the U.S. Office of Patents and Trademarks. They have federal registration and state registration. And if you ain’t registered then there’s the common law trademark protecting your band’s name. It’s a different world when it comes to Law.

      • Iain Mac says:

        “It’s a different world when it come to the law”

        The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band had a legal fight in recent years with a company that registered their name at the UK’s Intellectual Property Office which resulted in them having difficulty in touring. There were calls at the time to revise the law so that some sort of proof of use had to be established to prevent this sort of random grabbing of legal rights to names. Anyone know if changes came about?

        • SimonP says:

          How do these conversations go?

          Bloke in pub talking to his mate who used to be in a band called Nirvana: “Alright Bob, I just heard there’s a band from America called Nirvana. They’re doing this music the yoof are into called grunge”

          Bob, who used to be in Nirvana: ” Good luck to the fellas, we’ve not recorded an album in 25 years, so it’s not like we’re still using the name”

          Bloke: “They’re doing great over there apparently. New album is flying off the shelves and their new single is in the charts over here, too”

          Bob: “Oh, so they’re going to have lots of money then? I’m just popping outside to phone my lawyer, watch my pint.”

  11. Tim Abbott says:

    Think the tracklist is a good indication that any further standalone reissue of A New Morning is pretty much out of the question…

    • Stan Butler says:

      I think that’s very clear, The band have virtually disowned the album.
      The 2011 version, with 2CDs + DVD is enough anyway with, as always with Suede, a fine collection of b-sides.
      Which made me think, the amount of exclusive “b-sides” that Suede provided for CD singles 1992-2003 was staggering. Excluding live tracks and demos:
      Suede – 8
      Dog Man Star – 7
      Coming Up – 17
      Head Music – 16
      A New Morning – 10
      Throw in another 7 off the two stand alone singles, Stay Together & Attitude, and you have 65 tracks that never appeared on their studio albums, in an 11 year period.

      • Paul Sinclair says:

        That is amazing. Especially since the quality was very high, particularly for the first three albums.

        • GTR says:

          The 3 tracks that make up the ‘Stay Together’ single (or 4 if you include the edit) make up my favourite Suede release. The b-sides to that are superb.

          I don’t think the quality of their b-sides dropped that much over the years. Some strong b-sides from ‘A New Morning’. What did suffer was the judgement as to what they put on the albums. This became more noticeable as they progressed.

      • Eamonn says:

        Suede were proponents of the aggressive formatting-wars policy in the 90s through both CD1 and CD2 singles (and I believe the first ever minidisk single for 1999’s Electricity).

        I guess where Suede ramped things up is that they tended not to overly do the “fill-up the b-sides with remixes of the A-side” which most acts did. To be commended but the quality did begin to tail-off once they were releasing fourth and fifth singles from Coming Up and writing throwaway songs, often not even as a group, just to make fans buy enough singles to try get another top ten record (ie chart high in week one due to the diehards wanting new yet weak songs, and then plummet back down the charts in week two as it failed to crossover – see Lazy and Filmstar).

        It kind of cheapened their reputation as masters of the B-side which probably lasted up to a couple of singles into the Coming Up era.

        • Stan Butler says:

          That is fair comment.To write 16/17 extra tracks of high quality, especially when you remember what the band was going through then, would have been near impossible, but I still contend that many of those b-sides were worthy efforts.
          And it wasn’t all diminishing returns. The superb “Let Go” was a b-side to Head Music’s fourth single “Can’t Get Enough”.
          Brett himself, in the 2011 reissues, suggested alternative track listings in which he included the b-sides, Crackhead, Leaving and Heroin for Head Music, and Simon, Cheap and Instant Sunshine for A New Morning.

          • Paul Sinclair says:

            I think the Trash and Beautiful Ones singles arguably had the best collection of extra tracks. Everything was basically at least very good album track quality, or higher. The tracks in question are Europe Is Our Playground, Every Monday Morning Comes, Have You Ever Been This Low, Another No One, Young Men, The Sound of the Streets, Money and Sam. That was from TWO singles!! If those tracks were the next Suede album you wouldn’t be disappointed.

      • Tim Abbott says:

        Like Paul says, that’s amazing. Don’t forget there’s also an entire alternate version of A New Morning that was downloadable when you bought the CD- I’d love to see that get a full release (though some of the tracks made it onto the deluxe reissue a few years ago). The alternate version of When The Rain Falls is to my mind much better than the released version.

    • Richard K says:

      Or maybe the opposite is true a la Pure McCartney/Flowers in the dirt deluxe.

      • deceased says:

        I think most of the 90’s indie/britpop big-hitters tended to release roughly another albums worth of argubaly just as good if not better b-sides than album tracks; Blur, SFA, Manics, Oasis, Mansun to name a few off the top of my head…

        • Eamonn says:

          Blur were patchy, there’s some awful shite on the Parklife and Great Escape b-sides. I think Oasis and Suede were the strongest of the top tier B*itpop for great songs left off albums.

          Pulp were very good and experimental on b-sides during the His’n’Hers and This Is Hardcore eras. Unfortunately the Different Class singles had very few (3!) non-album songs, a product of the album being written and recorded very quickly although there were some cracking unreleased songs (Catcliffe Shakedown, Don’t Lose It etc.) demo’d to a decent standard and released on the 2006 Different Class deluxe edition. Hoping for news on a 25th anniv of that album…

        • Gareth Jones says:

          Pretty sure Oasis even admitted some of their B-sides were better than some of their album tracks (and even some singles). I loved Blur B-sides, although many of them were very silly and throwaway. But it was actually their B-sides that got me into them. Most of my friends got into Blur from ‘Girls & Boys’ then bought the ‘Parklife’ album. But I started by buying ‘Sunday Sunday’, because a) I loved the song, but b) it came with B-sides of cockney music hall songs, covering ‘Daisy Bell (A Bicycle Made For Two)’ and ‘Let’s All Go Down The Strand’. Both very silly, but great fun. Then I bought ‘Chemical World’ and ‘For Tomorrow’ that came with wonderful B-sides ‘Young & Lovely’ and ‘When The Cows Come Home’. So sad we’ll never see an era again with such prolific output from bands. Not even Pet Shop Boys manage more than about one new B-side track these days.

    • Matt R says:

      Suede do an awful lot of reissues.
      Best Of
      See You In The Next Life LP/ Suede LP in US
      Live 1996

      And that’s just between now and October.
      I am not sure about the market for A New Morning. It might be very small

      I would buy A New Morning. Probably on multiple formats.

      • Eamonn says:

        I think they signed a 10 year reissue deal with Demon in 2010/2011 which has been milked for all its worth, I think it’s fair to say.

        It helps fund new Suede records as they are not fixed into any current album deals. The days of big advances and having to placate a major label are behind them now and I imagine they’re fine with that when touring (pre-2020) and reissues prop their finances up.

  12. Larry Davis says:

    Only problem…Amazon UK not shipping to the US and Anazon US is not selling the 4CD box…the only solution I can think of is if the SDE shop sells the 4CD box besides the clear vinyl…can you do that Paul??

  13. Steven C says:

    I have all the albums and singles but I think the 6 LP / 4 CD is nicely curated.

  14. Sharon says:

    I rather prefer the more succinct 2LP version; 6LPs of “best of” material feels a bit bloated and I’d sooner just buy all of their individual LPs, I believe.

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