This Day in Music 01.05.2016
Bernard Butler is a guitarist and record producer, he is best known as the first guitarist and primary songwriter with Suede, until his departure in 1994.
Bernard was born on May 1 1970, in Stamford Hill, London, UK.
Butler's major inspiration was Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr. He started learning guitar playing after hearing Marr and was eventually able to play all Smiths songs by ear.
Bernard rose to prominence with Suede, the British indie band who fused glam crunch with the songcraft and exaggerated angst of The Smith. Upon the release of their 1992 debut single The Drowners, Suede were hailed by many corners of the British music press as the best band in Britain.
In many ways, they lived up to the hype, as their eponymous 1993 debut broke sales records and kick-started the indie rock revolution that became as Brit-pop.
He had great success as the guitarist with Suede, forging songwriting partnership with Brett Anderson. He co-wrote and played guitars on every recording until 1994, when he exited Suede, leaving behind the Mercury Music Prize winning debut Suede, as well as the follow up Dog Man Star.
After living Suede he formed the duo McAlmont and Butler with David McAlmont, and they released two singles, Yes and You Do and a compilation album The Sound Of McAlmont And Butler. They released another album together in 2001, after a brief separation, Bring It Back, and they toured in the UK.
Butler also released two solo albums under his own name, People Move On and Friend And Lovers. In 2004 Butler riunited with Brett Anderson and formed new band called The Tears, based on the same style that yielded their first successes with Suede in the early 1990s. The Tears released their debut LP, Here Comes The Tears, produced by Bernard Butler, wich included Refugees. This single reached number 9 in UK Singles Chart.
Butler also has played on and/or produced records by Neneh Cherry, Roy Orbison, The Pretenders, Sophie Ellis Bextor and many other.
Butler won the Producer's Award at the 2009 Brit Awards, Producer of the Year at the 2008 Music Managers Forum Awards, and was nominated for Best Producer at the 2009 Music Week Awards.
Butler has been hailed by some critics as the greatest guitarist of his generation, as well as one of Britain's most original and influential guitarists.