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Released: October 10, 1994

Rating: 4.122 (average of 11 ratings)

Genre: alternative rock/Britpop

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Introducing the Band
  2. We Are the Pigs
  3. Heroine
  4. The Wild Ones
  5. Daddy’s Speeding
  6. The Power
  7. New Generation
  8. This Hollywood Life
  9. The 2 of Us
  10. Black or Blue
  11. The Asphalt World
  12. Still Life
  13. Modern Boys


sales in U.S. only --
sales in U.K. only - estimated 100,000
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 100,000


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart --
peak on U.K. album chart 3

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • We Are the Pigs (9/24/94) #18 UK
  • The Wild Ones (11/19/94) #18 UK
  • New Generation (2/11/95) #21 UK


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

Dog Man Star
“Instead of following though on the Bowie-esque glam stomps of their debut, Suede concentrated on their darker, more melodramatic tendencies on their ambitious second album, Dog Man Star. By all accounts, the recording of Dog Man Star was plagued with difficulties – Brett Anderson wrote the lyrics in a druggy haze while sequestered in a secluded Victorian mansion, while Bernard Butler left before the album was completed – which makes its singular vision all the more remarkable” (Erlewine).

“Lacking any rocker on the level of ‘The Drowners’ or ‘Metal Mickey’ – only the crunching This Hollywood Life comes close – Dog Man Star is a self-indulgent and pretentious album of dark, string-drenched epics. But Suede are one of the few bands who wear pretensions well, and after a few listens, the album becomes thoroughly compelling. Nearly every song on the record is hazy, feverish, and heartbroken, and even the rockers have an insular, paranoid tenor that heightens the album’s melancholy” (Erlewine).

“The whole record would have collapsed underneath its own intentions if Butler’s compositional skills weren’t so subtly nuanced and if Anderson’s grandiose poetry wasn’t so strangely affecting. As it stands, Dog Man Star is a strangely seductive record, filled with remarkable musical peaks, from the Bowie-esque stomp of New Generation to the stately ballads The Wild Ones and Still Life, which are both reminiscent of Scott Walker. And while Suede may choose to wear their influences on their sleeve, they synthesize them in a totally original way, making Dog Man Star a singularly tragic and romantic album” (Erlewine).

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Last updated November 14, 2008.