Suede are an English alternative rock band. Formed in London in 1989, the group's most prominent early line-up featured singer Brett Anderson, guitarist Bernard Butler, bass player Mat Osman and drummer Simon Gilbert. By 1992, Suede were hailed as "The Best New Band in Britain", and attracted much attention from the British music press. The following year their glam rock-inspired debut album, Suede, went to the top of the charts and became the fastest-selling debut album in almost ten years, helping kick-start the Britpop movement. However, the band's lush follow-up, Dog Man Star (1994), saw Suede distance themselves from their Britpop peers. Although it is often regarded as the band's masterpiece, the recording sessions for Dog Man Star were fraught with difficulty, and ended with Butler departing the band after heated arguments with Anderson.
"Filmstar" is the fifth and final single from the album Coming Up by Suede, released on August 11, 1997, on Nude Records. The single hit the top 10, peaking at number nine, thus making all five singles released from the album top ten hits. The live songs on CD2 are performed with Neil Tennant. "Filmstar" was produced by Ed Buller, while "Graffiti Women" and "Duchess" were produced by Ian Caple.
The video for the title song was directed by Zowie Broach, and features the band performing to a crowd.
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