Campy decadence, skewed sex appeal and velvety mystique--that's what the London Suede were made of. With its 1993 debut, the British pop quartet breathed grandeur back into rock via larger-than-life attitude and rich pop tunes a la Ziggy Stardust. A tour that followed also proved the band (then known simply as Suede) to be a tight and engaging live act whose talent superseded even the hype coming from London's rock press.
But Thursday at the American Legion Hall in Hollywood, the band seemed to have lost its bearings, and instead came off clumsy, slightly disjointed and deflatingly mediocre. Where singer Brett Anderson once played off the sassy attitude of rock stars of Bowie and T. Rex's Mark Bolan, Thursday he seemed to be chasing those images, while the band was too lax to spin out any escapist vibe.