We Are the Pigs

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"We Are the Pigs"
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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
Songwriter(s) Brett Anderson, Bernard Butler
Producer(s) Ed Buller
Suede singles chronology
"Stay Together"
(1994)
"We Are the Pigs"
(1994)
"The Wild Ones"
(1994)
"Stay Together"
(1994)
"We Are the Pigs"
(1994)
"The Wild Ones"
(1994)

"We Are the Pigs" is the first single from the album Dog Man Star by British band, Suede, released on 12 September 1994, on Nude Records. The single heralded 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. The departure of guitarist Bernard Butler ahead of its release, overshadowed the single somewhat. That event along with the song's music video receiving little airplay contributed to its relatively poor charting, although still managing a #18 peak.[1]

The cover art for the single features a still from the cult film "Freak Orlando". 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 burning cars, cross burnings, and masked gangs roaming the streets, committing violent acts. Also notable is the video features the first official public appearance of new guitarist Richard Oakes.

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

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. In 2014, NME ranked the song at number 364 in its list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.[3]

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"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Artist Chart History: Suede". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  2. ^ The Top 200 Tracks of the 1990s: 200-151. Pitchfork. Retrieved 4 September 2010.
  3. ^ Barker, Emily (31 January 2014). "The 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time – 400-301". NME. Retrieved 20 December 2016.