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The Bluetones

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Hounslow, England (1994 – 2011)

The Bluetones were an indie rock formed in Hounslow, England in 1994, featuring Mark Morriss (vocals, keyboards & occasional guitar), Adam Devlin (guitars), Scott Morriss (bass guitar & backing vocals), and Eds Chesters (drums)

Classed as a band, given that their appearance and initial huge success with songs such as Slight Return coincided synchronously with the Britpop explosion, their debut record Expecting To Fly appeared in 1996.

As time has gone by, the band have actually become a more conventional ‘indie’ band - whilst notching up hits such as Marblehead Johnson, If… and Keep The Home Fires Burning they have struggled to replicate the success of their debut. After seven singles reaching the UK Top 20 in total, they are now well out of the public eye, but unlike almost all of the fellow ‘’ bands, they continue to release new material and tour.

Following two further albums on major, A&M/Universal (1998’s Return To The Last Chance Saloon and 2000’s Science & Nature), they signed to the big indie, Cooking Vinyl in 2003 for Luxembourg and 2006’s The Bluetones.

Vocalist Mark Morriss released a solo EP under the alias Fi-Lo Beddow in 2006, which eventually bloomed into a full solo record under his real name. Memory Muscle was released in June 2008, and received a surprising amount of critical acclaim, given the music press’ frosty attitude to Bluetones material. It included new versions of the songs which made up the Fi-Lo Beddow EP, and featured strings arrnaged by film score composer David Arnold.

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  • DrBlur

    One of my all time favorite bands, been a big fan since 2000 or so, and in America that's a rarity, NO ONE knows who these guys are here. Sadly missed but never forgotten!

    20 Aug 6:36pm Reply
  • CDPETE01

    excellento

    30 Dec 2013 Reply
  • gfdsagfdsagfdsa

    Underrated as fick.

    8 Aug 2013 Reply
  • dan_bullock

    My first proper gig at 16, (96) in Exeter and my band of that era. Watched them right through to the end, gents and madmen. Brilliant.

    13 Jan 2013 Reply
  • sularkesik

    underrated.

    4 Jan 2013 Reply
  • LiquidSheep

    Always kind of overlooked this band, but reeled in their whole discography now and I've got to admit they're brilliant. Starting to become a favourite.

    19 Nov 2012 Reply
  • arcade_water

    nice sound

    29 Oct 2012 Reply
  • ikarifseiei

    finally 2 million scrobbles

    15 Oct 2012 Reply
  • scott_viggars

    http://youtu.be/3fOBB6Nn3ow - Shed Seven (similar sound to The Bluetones) 'Playing The Classics' filmed for O2 Academy TV

    3 Sep 2012 Reply
  • CCSandman

    Mr Morriss's new album: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/markmorriss

    30 Jul 2012 Reply
  • CCSandman

    http://www.last.fm/music/The+Bluetones/_/never+going+nowhere

    4 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Jenana

    Yeah, they're still splitting at the end of the year though.

    14 Aug 2011 Reply
  • DeclanFREW

    Splitting up? They're playing CockRock this year.

    8 Jul 2011 Reply
  • odeka

    Wish they made Rescue Rooms as one of their final tour dates, good memories of them playing there.

    11 May 2011 Reply
  • proper89

    Gutted that these guys are splitting up. They write such affecting songs. You always knew a Bluetones release was going to be great, no matter what. Although they evolved, a Bluetones album was always a Bluetones album. Great stuff.

    14 Apr 2011 Reply
  • puppyhand

    First gig I ever went to. And I grew up in Hounslow too.

    31 Mar 2011 Reply
  • CCSandman

    Good to see Slight Return not at the top! :-P Oh so many great tracks, but their debut album is a perfect record. Seen them a couple of times live here in Cardiff, gonna catch them on their last gig here too. I shook their hands last time! :-D Gonna miss you guys mentally. Love.

    29 Mar 2011 Reply
  • slazey

    Will be missed, and known forevermore as a Britpop band that recorded a minor classic while Britpop was in its death throes. Never released a bad album, the latest was their best since 'Science and Nature'. Awra best!

    29 Mar 2011 Reply
  • BlitzK

    The Bluetones will be doing one final tour in September before they call it a day. Tour dates are all up on the events page. This is your last chance to see them and thank them for the past 17 years of great music. Whether you've been listening to them since the start or are just discovering them from Sleazy Bed Track being in Scott Pilgrim, I can promise they always put on a great show, and this should be a great mixed set to have one final gig with them.

    28 Mar 2011 Reply
  • ijja77

    Emily's pine. About murdering his girl and burying her under a tree. sweet.

    21 Mar 2011 Reply
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