Sabotage

Album: Bloodsports (2013)
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Songfacts®:

  • Frontman Brett Anderson underscores Bloodsport's love-as-violence title as he sings, "I smile as the rope cuts through me." He told NME about this glimpse of a sordid relationship: "Sabotage isn't a real rocker but it's not that mellow either- it's mid tempo. It's quite '80s indie in its darkness, akin to The Cure or Joy Division and that kind of stuff, quite slow and very atmospheric."
  • Anderson explained the album title to The Sun: "In a way, it is a concept album," he said. I was writing and realised that every song was about a different stage within a relationship. Co-dependency, suspicion, obsession - it's almost like a journey through the arc of a relationship.
    "I wanted my lyrics to have that sexual tension and ambiguity that classic Suede had without it being self-referential," he added. "And the title Bloodsports summed up the carnal chase of love - the word carnal meaning meat."

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