Cover #24, and yep, we’re still doing this, whether you like it or not, until we get 30, dammit, because I say so, is Suede’s “The Wild Ones”, from Dog Man Star, released in 1994 and written by Brett Anderson and Bernard Butler.
So, Suede never really got much attention in this country, and that’s really a pity. You’ve maybe heard “The Beautiful Ones” or, more likely, “Filmstar”, if you sat through the credits after Eddie Izzard’s Dress To Kill comedy show. But, man, they had some great songs. This one in particular should have been the “In Your Eyes” of its generation. It should have been in some movie, where boy loses girl and gets girl back again by playing her some heartwrenching ballad.
This, my friends, is a heartwrenching ballad. I think it’s about Brett breaking up with Justine from Elastica, but I’m not sure.
Justine, by the way, went on to date Damon Albarn from Blur for several years (see cover #8, “End of a Century'” and, well, basically all of the albums Blur and 13.) It should be noted that I freaking love Elastica. Of all the bands that came out of that era – England from 1993-1998 aka “Britpop” – they were my favorite, moreso even than Oasis. Unfortunately, Justine’s bandmates were all massive smack fiends and it’s really hard to be the best band in the world when everyone’s lying on the floor staring at the babies crawling on the ceiling instead of, you know, rehearsing. So, Justine’s influence – apart from their self-titled 1993 record which gave the world “Connection” and 15 other rad little tunes – is mainly as the chief muse of the Britpop era. She dated Brett from Suede, dumped him for Damon from Blur, dumped him because he was being – let’s face it – kind of a dick, and then went on to host a home improvement show of some type. The whole thing is written up beautifully in the book The Last Party, which I’ve re-read many, many times because I’m a massive Britpop fanboy and it’s sad.
There’s a story about what Suede means to me, but it’s sort of personal. I mean, it’s dumb high school stuff, mostly, but I’m putting a break here in case you don’t care/feel uncomfortable with the idea of me talking about kissing girls and such.