News: Kele Okereke
Bloc Party vocalist seeks 'genius guitarist' in Suede fan newsletter from 1997
Here’s a young Mr Kele Okereke in the ‘swap shop’ section of the Official Suede Newsletter (issue #17), desperately seeking an ambitious musical foil for good times and maybe more. Okereke, who declines to add ‘GSOH’ to a not-exactly modest assessment of his qualities as a frontman, was seeking a guitarist with which to form a band all the way back in 1997. By chance, he would strike up a friendship with eventual Bloc Party guitarist Russell Lissack the following year, initially touting his band under the name ‘The Angel Range’.
Kele Okereke, Manor Park, London
Original and very talented vocal-lyricist seeks guitar genius (Marr, Oakes, Butler) to write beautiful art rock. NOT a Suede tribute band; original and dynamic! 100% committed, real music head, style and image also. London area, willing to travel. Contact me after 5 pm on [phone number]. ‘Let’s make it beautiful!’
As well as a musical partner, I’m also searching for various Suede bits. I’m desperately seeking copies of the promo videos to ‘Drowners’ UK version, ‘New Generation’, ‘We Are the Pigs’, ‘Trash’ and ‘Beautiful Ones.’ I’m also after copies of all the unreleased tracks: ‘Be My God’, ‘Art’ and ‘Wonderful Sometimes’, as well as any decent live recordings of ‘Stay Together’ and Richard playing ‘He’s Dead.’ Any articles and posters are also most welcome.
I have a signed Suede CD and a signed (Bernard) ‘Stay Together’ and also Bernard’s black plectrum. I’m willing to pay for postage and packaging and for your services.