One of the most prominent bands of Britpop was the thinking man’s choice; Suede. Led by Brett Anderson they acted as the feminine counterpoint ot the brutishness of Blur and “the singing plumbers” Oasis, the band forged an impressive career. Today Anderson has come out to condemn the Britpop movement as a “nationalistic cartoon”.
On an episode of BBC’s Hardtalk, Anderson shared his thoughts on the movement some 25 years later. “I disassociated myself from that very early on, as soon as I saw what I saw as becoming this kind of laddish, jingoistic, cartoon happening, which became Britpop, I very quickly distanced Suede from that.”
There was always an air of grandeur about Suede but when quizzed whether that made them snooty, Anderson added: “I think did it make us look snobby? Probably, you know, you make lots of mistakes along the way, I’m not perfect you know what I mean? But all you do, you just go with your instincts, and I saw what was happening with Britpop and for me, it felt quite distasteful. It felt nationalistic, it felt like there was, sort of, quite a strong thread of misogyny and I didn’t think Suede should be part of that.”
He was then questioned about the “singing plumbers” comment on Oasis, Anderson replied: “Well you know, I might have said that 25 years ago, but I’m not going to try and justify things I said a long, long time ago.”