Metal Mickey (song)

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"Metal Mickey"
Metal mickey.jpg
Single by Suede
from the album Suede
B-side "Where The Pigs Don't Fly"
Released 14 September 1992
Format CD, Vinyl record (7", 12")
Recorded 1992
Genre Britpop, alternative rock, glam rock
Length 3:27
Label Nude
Songwriter(s) Brett Anderson, Bernard Butler
Producer(s) Ed Buller
Suede singles chronology
"The Drowners"
(1992)
"Metal Mickey"
(1992)
"Animal Nitrate"
(1993)
"The Drowners"
(1992)
"Metal Mickey"
(1992)
"Animal Nitrate"
(1993)

"Metal Mickey" is the second single by Suede, taken from their debut album, released on 14 September 1992 on Nude Records. It charted at no. 17 on the UK Singles Chart, a vast improvement on the previous single, "The Drowners", which fell short of the top 40.[1]

The song is an up-tempo rock song; considerably different from the slower "The Drowners". Guitarist Bernard Butler has said that its musical inspiration was "The Shoop Shoop Song", famously remade by Cher for the 1990 film Mermaids. The guitar solo, according to Butler was inspired by The Kinks' "You Really Got Me".[2]

The song was well-received in the states. Billboard wrote: "It's toe-tapping, head-bobbing, club-rocking stuff, reminiscent of British music from the Kinks to Bowie."[3] Performed by the group on their appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, it became the only Suede single to crack the US Modern Rock top 10, peaking at number 7 in 1993.[4]

Track listings[edit]

All songs written by Brett Anderson and Bernard Butler.

7" Vinyl, Cassette
  1. "Metal Mickey"
  2. "Where the Pigs Don't Fly"
12" Vinyl, CD
  1. "Metal Mickey"
  2. "Where the Pigs Don't Fly"
  3. "He's Dead"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Artist Chart History: Suede". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Barnett, David (2003). Love and Poison. Carlton Publishing Group. pp. 95–96. ISBN 0-233-00094-1. 
  3. ^ Flick, Larry (10 April 1993). "Single Reviews". Billboard. p. 72. Retrieved 14 June 2017. 
  4. ^ Billboard Singles Chart History.