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Bluetonic. Here you'll find info on the 4 albums (as of 03/12/2005), the video and the singles. Also a bit of info on the band and some top links for anyone slightly interested in the greatest band around.

  Jez.

 

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bluetones Albums

 

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I'm Over And I Know It Web Brothers Cover. Radio 1 evening session May 2000. 2.7MB

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I Could Be So Good For You (The Minder tune) live @ Glastonbury 2000 1.9MB

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Waterfalls TLC cover. BBC's Re-Covered 2002 (from LINK) 3.2MB

MP3 Download

 
Band History (94 - 01)

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 back.

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.

1998

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 at Reading.

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)

2000
        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 South.

2001
        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'.

2002
        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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The singles - cd info

     The new 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 previously un-released Frank Sinatra tune 'That's Life'.. recordered for the film 'Strictly Sinatra'. See the albums section for details.

Check the news link for up-to-date info.

 

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