We Are the Pigs

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"We Are the Pigs"
Single by Suede
from the album Dog Man Star
B-side Killing of a Flash Boy
Released 12 September 1994
Format CD, Vinyl record (7", 12")
Recorded 1994
Genre Britpop
Length 4:19
Label Nude
Writer(s) Brett Anderson, Bernard Butler
Producer(s) Ed Buller
Suede singles chronology
"Stay Together"
"We Are the Pigs"
"The Wild Ones"

"We Are the Pigs" is the first single from the album Dog Man Star by Suede, released on 12 September 1994, on Nude Records. The single announced the darker tone that the band had taken for Dog Man Star, that contrasted heavily with their debut. The challenging sound on the single was not characteristic of the popular Britpop bands of the time. That along with the departure of guitarist Bernard Butler during its release, contributed to its relatively poor charting, although still managing a #18 peak.[1]

The video, directed by David and Raphael Vital-Durand, features a grim, Nineteen Eighty-Four-like setting. It was initially banned by some TV stations including MTV for being too violent. The video features car burnings, cross burnings, and various violence to humans. Also notable, the video features the video debut of new guitarist Richard Oakes.

The b-side "Killing of a Flash Boy" also became a staple of Suede's live set list and became one of their most popular songs. It is also available on the B-sides album Sci-Fi Lullabies.

Pitchfork Media placed "We Are the Pigs" at #169 on their list of the Top 200 Tracks of the 1990s.[2]

Track listings[edit]

All songs written by Brett Anderson and Bernard Butler.

7" Vinyl, Cassette
  1. "We Are the Pigs"
  2. "Killing of a Flashboy"
12" Vinyl, CD
  1. "We Are the Pigs"
  2. "Killing of a Flash Boy"
  3. "Whipsnade"