Martin Kloster's Collection
Please introduce yourself and tell us about the moment you discovered Suede.
My name is Martin and I’m from Denmark somewhere in Europe. I discovered Suede in 1992 on the radio. I became a fan right away. I knew I was listening to something very special, but I knew nothing about them. That would soon change!
What & when was your first Suede purchase?
The first single I bought was “Animal Nitrate". I remember I liked “The Big Time” more than the actual single “Animal Nitrate” back then. And that’s why I called my fanclub magazine “The Big Time”. I had my own fanclub from 1999-2001.
How do you organise your collection?
I put a lot of time and effort into organising my collection. It is important for me to be able find a specific item straight away. I'm a journalist too, and things need to be in order in my world.
What's your most treasured item in your collection and why?
The item I think is the funniest is probably the drum I was lucky to get from Simon at the last concert at Roskilde Festival in 1999. Suede played three concerts, and at the last one Simon took one of his Ludwig-drums and gave it to me. I mean I was lucky enough to catch it! It was heavy to carry home. With Suede, I do not have so many personal things from the band. I also collect Elvis and Morrissey, and here I have some items that have belonged to the musicians. Of course, I collect all Suede releases on LP, CD and so on. I have most things. I have a “Dog Man Star” test pressing btw. But what perhaps sets my collection apart is that I also collect all magazine and newspaper clippings with Suede in. I have all the NME’s and Melody Maker’s from back in the day and almost every British publication with Suede (i.e. review, interview) in my collection. I also collect Danish, German and Dutch clippings. I have about 30 ring binders filled with clippings, pictures and tickets and Suede-related stuff. I have seen Suede about 85 times, have been backstage with them several times, been to hotels, signings and all sorts of things over the last 30 years - was it 30 years? Yes. I collect itineraries and I also have a huge collection of photos and videos. In the beginning I did not take photos at Suede’s concerts – those were the days before mobile phones were everywhere remember. Nowadays I film every second of it and have a lot of unseen footage in my collection. Maybe I should share it on YouTube?
Tell us about your most recent Suede purchase.
The “Coming Up” box and LP.
Is there any item that was in your reach and you now regret not buying?
Must be the “Be My God” white label vinyl.
What's on your wishlist for your collection?
More concerts! More albums! More Suede!