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A CRABBIER SHADE OF SUEDE

BRETT ANDERSON, SO MISUNDERSTOOD

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”I have absolutely no interest in glam rock,” says Brett Anderson, the glamorous lead singer of the flavor-of-the-month British band Suede, who recently released their first, self-titled album on Columbia. ”I can’t think of a more facile, impotent form of music. I can’t believe anyone’s bored enough to ask us about it.” Sorry, guy, but we’ve been bored enough to wade through all the hype categorizing Suede as a group reviving that ’70s sound. According to Anderson, that’s all it is-hype. Taking a break from Suede’s first Stateside tour -which included a stop on, of all things, The Tonight Show-the 25-year-old singer for Britain’s recent chart toppers graciously offered to explain those misconceptions away. For example, why does he wear wide lapels and such? ”I buy my clothes in secondhand shops that haven’t reached the ’80s yet,” Anderson says. ”Give us two years and we’ll be wearing Duran Duran cast-offs.” What about the constant and polymorphous sexuality in their music-isn’t it just calculated, spandex- clad titillation, glam-style? ”It’s strange that people write nonsexual songs. The most depressing thing I can imagine is a typical Whitney Houston love song. It’s like putting a carrot in front of your face, then snatching it away at the last moment. It’s making you want something you’re never gonna get.” And what of Brett’s pasty-faced androgyny, reminiscent of David Bowie’s early-’70s Ziggy Stardust period? Again, he insists he’s merely being honest. ”Androgyny is something in the way you feel and behave. I know about five people who are 100 percent male or female, and they’re the strangest people in the world.”