One Album Wonders: The Tears' Here Come the Tears

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 22, 2014 01:41pm | Post a Comment
Here is an additional edition of my series of great, mostly obscure, one album wonders. In the album era (roughly the mid-1960s until the mid-2000s), the album was the dominant format of recorded music expression and consumption. It seems that most musicians from that era, if able to scrape together the funds for the recording of one studio album, generally returned with at least one more.  Some, like Sun Ra, somehow released more albums than I've had hot dinners. Even most excellent bands, in my opinion, would have done well to find something other to do with their time rather than keep making records after their fifth album or twelfth year (although there is the Go-Betweens Exception). The following acts mostly date fromthe Golden Age of the LP -- and yet were unable or unwilling, in all cases, to record more than one. 


The Tears - Here Come the Tears

Without question, Suede were one of the few real highlights of 1990s British rock. The ice cold glam rock revivalists arrived on a wave of hype somehow fully and masterfully formed and proceeded to deliver one of the best debuts in rock history. Then, before even completing their uneven follow-up, their star guitarist, Bernard Butler, exit stage left. 

Suede soldiered on -- hiring not one but two young guys to fill Butler's enormous shoes. Butler -- widely viewed as the greatest rock guitarist since John Squire or Johnny Marr -- embarked on a less-than-interesting solo career before creating much better music as one half of McAlmont & Butler and as a producer for the UK's last great rock band, The Libertines

When Suede disbanded in 2003 it was hardly the big news that Butler's departure had been a decade earlier. Given the acrimony of Butler's departure, when news emerged that he and Suede's singer, Brett Anderson, were working together, expectations were cautiously high. The two, joined by Makoto SakamotoNathan Fisher, and Will Foster of DelicatessenJaques, and Lodger) returned as The Tears in 2004 and released Here Come the Tears, in 2005. 

There's nothing earth shattering on The Tears' debut and there's nothing within that wouldn't fit nicely on any Suede album but if their intention was just to create a strong set of songs and finish some unfinished business then they succeeded (although I can't understand why they didn't release the best song, "Co-Star,"as a single). Unfortunately, The Tears dried up almost as quickly as they'd begun, in 2006. Afterward Butler returned his focus to production and Anderson embarked on a solo career before reforming Suede, again (without Butler) in 2013.

Eric Brightwell is an adventurer, essayist, rambler, explorer, cartographer, and guerrilla gardener who is always seeking paid writing, speaking, traveling, and art opportunities. He is not interested in generating advertorials, cranking out clickbait, or laboring away in a listicle mill “for exposure.”
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