“With a lot of bands, I was late to the party, but this is the first time where I remember there was new band with a new record, and it was mine. I was right on the money.
“Suede had put out one or two singles, but this is the one that broke them through to the pop charts. For me, they were at the forefront of what became Britpop. Oasis and Blur and Pulp were all the big hitters, but Suede kicked the door open.
“When you listen to this now, it’s very clearly influenced by David Bowie and Roxy Music and that kind of thing. Again, it has the slow fade and these big crashing guitars come in, just like the Strangeways album. The lyrics have a slightly seedy, androgynous sexuality thing going on. In interviews, the lead singer would give these glib remarks, so you’d be like, ‘Is he gay? Is he bisexual?’ At the same time, the band had this strong backbone of good, crunchy guitars. It was sexy and swaggering, and I just remember rushing out and getting the seven-inch.
“When I met Ricky Gervais and started working with him, little did I know that he had been Suede’s manager for a handful of days before they became big. I think they'd fired him or he left managing before they broke through. But I think that he had at least sent their demo tape to the record label. So the single that meant so much to me was by the band that Ricky had managed.”