Bernard in Long Live Vinyl's "Why I Love… The Smiths' Hand In Glove – Bernard Butler interview" (2018):
“The very first piece of vinyl I bought for myself was the single for Hand In Glove by The Smiths. That’s really pretentious, isn’t it? Oh, The Smiths! But at the time, they shaped everything you wanted to do and be. That band was a world you just dove into; you couldn’t get enough of it. People have this image now that they were performing at Wembley Stadium back then, that they were huge; but they weren’t. They did one night at Brixton Academy. Radio 1 wouldn’t play them. Being a fan was a club, a very private club – that was part of the attraction."
British musician, songwriter, and record producer.
Born: 1 May 1970 in Stamford Hill, London, England, UK.
Butler is best known as the first guitarist with rock band Suede, until his departure in 1994. His album in collaboration with Jessie Buckley, "For All Our Days That Tear The Heart" (2022), was shortlisted for the 2022 Mercury Prize.
Bernard Joseph Butler (born 1 May 1970) is a British musician, songwriter and record producer. He is best known as the first guitarist with Suede, until his departure in 1994. He has been hailed by some critics as the greatest guitarist of his generation; BBC journalist Mark Savage called him "one of Britain's most original and influential guitarists". He was voted the 24th greatest guitarist of the last 30 years in a national 2010 BBC poll and is often seen performing with a 1961 cherry red Gibson ES-355 TD SV (Stereo Varitone) with a Bigsby vibrato tailpiece.