Doing a piece on a cover song was fun, so I’m going to do another one. This time it’s Basement covering Animal Nitrate by Suede. Basement are a great UK band, I may have written about them before. They went on hiatus, now they’re not, so that’s us caught up.
When I was younger, both my parents were big into Suede, and whereas most kids seem to detest their parents’ music taste; I was fortunate and got exposed to some great stuff as a young’un. I remember the solo in this song being so weird, that guitar part stuck with me as being so melodic for something so nonsensical. I also remember Brett Anderson had such an intriguing voice; it was like nothing you’ll ever hear again. I’m still waiting for someone to try and imitate that sound. Badly.
Thankfully Basement do not. Andrew Fisher’s vocals on this song sound like Andrew Fisher’s vocals, and truth be told they may be easier to settle into than the original for anyone who hasn’t heard it. The whole thing is a little faster, but only a little. I mean, the original of this surfaced when I was a few months old, so I’m not the authority on this era by any means I guess, but the Basement version sounds a little beefier in places too. The drums particularly sound a little bigger. This is not to suggest I like the cover any more than the original, but I would assume your average tumblr toting Basement ‘fan’ would not have heard of Suede. The original has been with me too long to not love it unconditionally.
Basement’s sound, especially on their colourmeinkindness LP was definitely 90’s revival in part, and it would have been more suggestive to cover a track by Hum, Smashing Pumpkins or Pearl Jam possibly. But I find it brilliant that they took influence from another angle of 90’s music that was so vitally important, and gave it a sound all their own.
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