Well, the former Suede guitarist and producer of Partie Traumatic didn’t say that exactly. But he did tut-tut at the spate of Britpop-era bands that have been giving one last show a try lately, saying that such attempts at mining nostalgia fiends’ dollars had “no relevance to what’s going on at the moment.” Which means that you probably shouldn’t get your hopes up for a Suede reunion tour anytime soon—although to hear Butler tell it, no one’s been interested! Wait, what?
“I’ve never had an offer to do anything as Suede.
“I’m obsessively opposed to nostalgia. I hate the idea of it. It doesn’t work. And it doesn’t interest with me at all.
“What’s important is not what I did last week, it’s what I’m going to do next week. I made great records – I love them. My kids play them now. But that’s for them and everyone else.”
Of the raft of current reunions, he said: “I know it’s good fun and everything and sure, you can’t deny someone a good night out but personally I just feel uncomfortable with nostalgia.
“If I could dedicate six months of my life to one thing, would it be somebody who’s doing something that’s interesting and totally new, or something that reflects something I did 15 years ago?
“You couldn’t possibly be a human being and be motivated by that.”
This burn-down-the-past sentiment is kind of a strange one to come from the man who produced Duffy’s Rockferry, but I guess the difference there is that he wasn’t the one who engineered “To Sir, With Love”?