The British guitarist Bernard Butler turns 54

As the lead guitarist and principal songwriter for Suede, Bernard Butler played a pivotal role in shaping the band’s distinctive sound, characterized by lush melodies, poetic lyrics, and Butler’s signature guitar riffs

The British guitarist Bernard Butler turns 54



Born on May 1, 1970 in London, England, Butler rose to prominence as a founding member of the acclaimed British rock band Suede. As the lead guitarist and principal songwriter for Suede, Bernard Butler played a pivotal role in shaping the band’s distinctive sound, characterized by lush melodies, poetic lyrics, and Butler’s signature guitar riffs. His intricate guitar work and emotive playing style became synonymous with Suede’s aesthetic, earning them critical acclaim and a devoted fanbase.
One of Butler’s most famous songs with Suede is “Animal Nitrate,” released on their debut album “Suede,” a gritty yet melodic anthem that epitomizes the band’s provocative lyrics and rebellious spirit. Released as a single in 1993, “Animal Nitrate” became an instant hit, catapulting Suede to fame and establishing them as one of the leading bands of the Britpop movement.
Another standout track penned by Butler is “Stay Together,” a haunting ballad that showcases his songwriting prowess and musical versatility. Released in 1994 as a stand-alone single, “Stay Together” captivated audiences with its melancholic melody and evocative lyrics, further solidifying Suede’s reputation as one of the most compelling acts of their generation.
In addition to his work with Suede, that he left in 1994, Bernard Butler has also enjoyed a successful solo career, releasing several critically acclaimed albums and collaborating with various artists across different genres. His solo debut, “People Move On,” released in 1998, received widespread acclaim for its introspective songwriting and atmospheric soundscapes, cementing Butler’s status as a respected solo artist in his own right.
BBC journalist Mark Savage called Bernard Butler “one of Britain’s most original and influential guitarists” and he was voted the 24th greatest guitarist of the last 30 years in a national 2010 BBC poll.

Look back at the 1993 music video “Animal Nitrate” by Suede



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