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Re: The Bluetones Thread

Post by Mallard No. 22 » 01 Jun 2015, 05:51

The Charlatans had a high profile career for a longer period, compared to The Bluetones, whose commercial star shone briefly.

I do like them, but sometimes get the feeling that they succeeded because of 'Britpop', rather than being one of those that 'made Britpop happen'.
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Re: The Bluetones Thread

Post by Foggy » 01 Jun 2015, 06:48

Mark Morriss's take on it is quite interesting. I think he'd agree with you.

We lived for a while with Dodgy, who were a big inspiration to us. Like them, we felt like a displaced West Coast band. That's why we called our debut album Expecting To Fly – it was a nod to Buffalo Springfield. We were a bit more transatlantic than the Fred Perry and Adidas brigade. We never asked to become part of the Britpop club – all that Cool Britannia shit: Noel Gallagher shaking hands with Tony Blair. I thought: "It's not meant to be cosy!"

Success happened so quickly. We were getting used to playing gigs of 250, so to go from that to playing to thousands was mindblowing. It felt awkward, like we crashed someone else's party. We didn't realise we'd be on that many front covers or TV programmes. A big hit single elevated us to a league where we didn't feel comfortable. It was like the Last Days of Sodom. We went from one party to another. We had tables at the Brits next to Prince and Sheryl Crow. We didn't have to go and score. We had people offering us drugs left, right and centre. Heroin didn't ever really enter our orbit, but we were five guys from Hounslow who wouldn't have got a second look down at the local disco. All of a sudden we were big news. You do that to a 24-year-old and there are going to be consequences.


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Re: The Bluetones Thread

Post by TripleJay97 » 01 Jun 2015, 07:38

I've never listened to The Bluetones before, I'm contemplating nicking my mother's copy of Expecting to Fly. I've been intrigued ever since Wikipedia called it Jangle Pop.
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Post by Foggy » 01 Jun 2015, 08:24

The jangle thing is just down to Devlin's thing for Rickenbackers.

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- and no challenge should be faced without a little charm and a lot of style."

That's one of my favourite lyrics ever. It's on Expecting to Fly.

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Re: The Bluetones Thread

Post by AdvertBreak » 01 Jun 2015, 08:26

I dunno, I thought the guitar was generally jangley on the album.

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Post by MrMagpie » 01 Jun 2015, 13:25

They are definitely jangly in spots but I wouldn't call their entire sound "jangle pop." Certainly albums like Return to the Last Chance Saloon and Luxembourg have little to no jangle on them. Fact is, Devlin is a hell of a guitarist (they're all great musicians, honestly).
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Post by AdvertBreak » 01 Jun 2015, 13:31

By album I mean Expecting to Fly btw.

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Re: The Bluetones Thread

Post by Mallard No. 22 » 06 Jun 2015, 06:46

foggy - Good quote from Mark Morriss.

They were like many indie/Britpop artists - getting a fair bit of coverage in the music press and airplay, esp. evening Radio 1 shows. In the Blur/Oasis/Pulp slipstream.

Then suddenly (it was decided that) they were number two in the charts. But perhaps it could have been them, or Gene, or Echobelly, or Ash....?

Such was the Britpop euphoria at the time.

:D I still would have liked them if their highest chart position was 24.
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Post by Foggy » 17 Jul 2015, 16:29

Mark Morriss has released an album of covers. This is from it.

I like it. I reckon he's been watching Orphan Black.

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Re: The Bluetones Thread

Post by Mallard No. 22 » 20 Jul 2015, 06:34

Interesting - BBC 6Music should pick up on it. :idea:

Given that at this moment they are reminding us how good 'Bluetonic' was :D

:geek: P.S. just found out The Bluetones are live on 6Music this morning - Lauren Laverne from 10am. Check it out on the I-player.
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Re: The Bluetones Thread

Post by Mark72 » 21 Jul 2015, 14:12

Just bought My ticket to see the Bluetones on the 24th September at the London forum!....Can't wait!
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Re: The Bluetones Thread

Post by Foggy » 21 Jul 2015, 20:16

Mallard No. 22 wrote:Check it out on the I-player.
Thanks, I'd missed that.

From 2 hrs 07 is anyone else wants a listen:

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Re: The Bluetones Thread

Post by Mark72 » 28 Jul 2015, 16:46

Cut Some Rug on Top Of The Pops....what great live band

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Post by Mallard No. 22 » 30 Jul 2015, 07:45

Nice one :D Interesting how that has had only 2,000 or so views since uploading in 2010. The 'live on TFI Friday' version (albeit uploaded three years earlier) has 24,000 views.

Whilst this quite low number of views is a bit surprising, does it hint that they are a true cult indie band :?: 8-)

Steve Lamacq played 'Marblehead Johnson' on 6Music yesterday afternoon. Very evocative of the time.

Years since I've heard it - at first, I was struggling to remember the song title. :geek:
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Re: The Bluetones Thread

Post by Foggy » 23 Sep 2015, 14:38

Is there any interest for for some cheap Birmingham tickets this Saturday? I've decided to do London instead, the trains are quicker and the last one home leaves after 8pm. Also the rugby's managed to fill all the hotels in Brum this weekend.

Mark Morriss's stage banter's as entertaining as ever.

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