Animal Nitrate

Animal Nitrate (Suede)

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"Animal Nitrate" is a song by the English Britpop group Suede. Released as the band's third single, it later appeared on their debut album Suede on Nude Records in 1993. It charted at number seven on the UK Singles Chart, making it the highest charting single from the album. The video for the title track was directed by Pedro Romhanyi. The band caused some controversy with the video when it was banned for its depiction of two men engaging in a kiss.

The title of the song is a reference to the inhalant drug amyl nitrite. Reviewing Suede's debut album for the BBC, Chris Jones, concurred. "Despite its punning title it’s a thrill-seeking slice of cynicism that perfectly summed up what it was like to be young and chemically imbalanced in the nation’s capital at the time.

According to Suede's biography Love and Poison, the chorus's guitar part was inspired by the intro to popular BBC television series Dixon of Dock Green. The song was almost overlooked as a single, Brett Anderson was convinced "Sleeping Pills" would be the third single. He was soon overruled by the Nude Records owner Saul Galpern.

In March 2005, Q magazine placed "Animal Nitrate" at number 97 in its list of the 100...


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