Neil Codling

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Neil Codling
Birth name Neil John Codling
Born (1973-12-05) 5 December 1973 (age 41)
Origin Tiddington, Warwickshire, England
Genres Britpop
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Keyboards and guitar
Years active 1996–present
Labels SonyBMG/Columbia/Nude
Associated acts Suede

Neil John Codling (born 5 December 1973, Tiddington, Warwickshire) is an English musician. He is best known as the keyboardist for the alternative rock band Suede.

Early life[edit]

Neil Codling was raised in Stratford-upon-Avon and studied English and Drama at Hull University.

He and the drummer of Suede, Simon Gilbert, are cousins.[1]


In the autumn of 1995, Codling joined the band as a keyboardist and backing vocalist whilst recording their third album, Coming Up.

His first appearance for Suede took place in Hanover Grand, on a secret fanclub gig on 27 January 1996, while his first public performance with Suede was in September 1996.

For their 1999 album Head Music, his role became considerably larger within the band, co-writing many of the album's songs. Aside from singer Brett Anderson, Codling was the only member of Suede to receive sole writing credit on several of the group's songs, which included "Elephant Man", "Digging a Hole", "Waterloo" and "Weight of the World", and sang lead on the latter three songs, all B-sides. Codling also played some rhythm guitar during live shows while he was in the group. Together with Richard Oakes, Codling gave Suede's style a touch of pop and electricity, giving birth to two #1 albums in the UK: Coming Up and Head Music.

On 23 March 2001, it was announced that Codling had quit Suede, due to his Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.[2] In December 2004 [3] he played a show featuring his musical project Barry O'Neil, which is a duo comprising him and Harriet Cawley.

Subsequently, Codling played keyboards on tour with the pop singer Natalie Imbruglia in 2005. In April 2007, it was announced that Codling would be playing keyboards for two Anderson solo concerts in Germany—the first time the pair would be re-united since he left Suede.

Codling joined his former bandmates for three UK Suede concerts in 2010,[4] and the reunited band continued playing occasional gigs around the world throughout 2010 and 2011.

In 2013, Suede released Bloodsports, their first album in 10 years. Codling is credited with part-writing eight of its ten songs. Bloodsports was critically praised, and Suede played more extensive shows in its wake during 2013 and began talking of remaining together for future releases.


  1. ^ Barnett, D. "Trash, You & Me: The Story Of Suede's Coming Up". The Quietus. 23 March 2010
  2. ^ Cohen, Jonathan. "Billboard Bits: Fatboy Slim, Suede, Keb' Mo'". 23 March 2001.
  3. ^ Barry O'Neil first gig. FY Neil Codling. 24 September 2010.
  4. ^ Suede play first gig in seven years,, 21 March 2010 (retrieved 16 April 2010)

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