Adam, Scott, Eds and Mark all once
lived together in Hounslow and rehearsed songs in their garage. When
enough material was prepared, the band played a handful of low-key gigs
and almost immediately a fanbase began to grow; a small band of devotees
bewitched by the nascent Bluetones' ability to mix Adam's uplifting guitar
melodies with the heartfelt emotion in Mark's lyrics, all the while
underpinned by Scott and Eds' shuffling rhythm section. It was 1994 and a
new sound had hit the British music scene.
The record-buying public were first tempted by the Fierce Panda EP 'Return
to Splendour'. The EP contained 'No. 11', the eleventh song written and
later renamed 'Bluetonic'. It quickly became an Evening Session favourite
and the ''Blue Army' of fans began to grow.
A series of support slots followed (with Strangelove, Shed Seven, the
Charlatans and Supergrass) and the band capitalised on their new-found
following with the release of 'Slight Return' / 'The Fountainhead' on
their own Superior Quality Recordings label.
The 2000 7" copies sold out by mail order before the pressings even came
In 1995, The Bluetones' first headline tour and proper single received
instant acclaim. 'Are You Blue or Are You Blind?' broke the Top 40,
entering the chart at Number 31. The tour ended with hordes of fans being
turned away and summer festival appearances took the band's effortless
charm to a whole new audience. The subsequent release of 'Bluetonic'
elevated The Bluetones even higher up the chart.
The following year, Bluemania hit the UK in a big way. The band's 'Slight
Return' single was added to practically every radio station playlist in
the country and leapt into the charts at Number 2. Soon after, the debut
LP 'Expecting to Fly' (note the Neil Young reference) flew to Number 1 in
the album chart.
This year of celebration continued with another Top
10 single 'Cut Some Rug', two more sell-out tours, an hysteria-filled trip
to Japan and a series of big festival shows. In the autumn, a brand new
song 'Marblehead Johnson' completed a hat-trick of Top 10 hits and the
Bluetones found themselves in huge demand.
After a Brit nomination for Best New Band the following January, The
Bluetones took it easy in 1997. Apart from a few festival headlines
(Glastonbury and V97) the rest of the year was spent writing and recording
their second album.
Launched in February 1998, The Bluetones comeback
was marked with yet another Top 10 single, 'Solomon Bites the Worm'. The
accompanying album 'Return to the Last Chance Saloon' rapidly went gold
and spurned more Top 40 hits in the shape of 'If...' and 'Sleazy Bed
Track'. A world tour took the band all the way to Australia and the end of
the summer found them playing in front of 45,000 people on the main stage
October 1998 saw the beginning of Superior Quality Recordings' presence on
the internet. After the closure of their distributor's offices (A&M was
absorbed by Mercury in the summer), The Bluetones took control of their
release schedule and decided to issue '4-Day Weekend' themselves via their
website (www.bluetones.co.uk). 15,000 copies were sold within the first
month and the record had to be re-pressed to meet demand. Such was the
success of this enterprise that the label thought an online record shop
might be a good idea...
For The Bluetones, the end of 1998 saw no break from
action. A sell-out headline slot at an NME Brats show in January was
quickly accompanied by another sold-out show at the Queen Elizabeth Hall
for John Peel. The set was later broadcast on Radio 1 and included brand
new songs 'One Speed Gearbox' and 'Emily's Pine'...
The band have officially added
ex-dodgy keyboard player Richard Payne to the line-up.
(the above was taken from the
S.Q.R site - see link)
The 3rd album Science & Nature was
released mid 2000, with the following double CD (CD 'A', CD 'B')
singles released 'Keep The Home Fires Burning', 'Autophilia' and a special
'Mudslide' EP which featured remixes and new tunes.
The band spent the first half of 2000 promoting the new album &
singles with gigs up and down the country. The May tour of Manchester,
Middlesbrough, Leeds, Norwich, Guildford, & Wolverhampton saw a mixture of
old + new tunes with a couple of b-sides thrown in.
The Summer of 2000 had the 'tones
playing Glastonbury, Leeds & Reading, T-In The Park festivals. The band
finished off the year with a December support slot with The Beautiful
Warm ups at The Edinburgh Liquid
Rooms(see mp3 top of page), glasgow king tuts, Penrith Festival,
Cumbria, portsmouth wedgewood rooms and oxford zodiac then the Ross-on-Wye
Festival in August. Norwich, London, Glasgow and Manchester is
December with a taste of the new material including 'After Hours' and
'Freeze Dried Pop'.
March sees the boys out on tour of
England and Scotland to plug their new 'best of album'. The sets feature
most of their hits and the newest stuff and is a great time to see them
live. Look for them at at least one of the summer festivals this year.
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single 'After Hours' was releaed on the 25th on March 2002. Followed in
April with the new 'best of' album, which features all the singles to date
and a few new tunes. A limted edition comes with a b-sides cd, features a
Frank Sinatra tune 'That's Life'.. recordered for the film 'Strictly
Sinatra'. See the albums section for details.
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