The Bluetones in Bangkok, Thailand in 1996
|Origin||Hounslow, London, England|
|Genres||Alternative rock, rock, indie rock, indie pop, Britpop|
Universal Music Group
Superior Quality Recordings
|Past members||Mark Morriss
The Bluetones were an English indie rock band, formed in Hounslow, Greater London, in 1993. The band's members were Mark Morriss on vocals, Adam Devlin on guitar, Scott Morriss on bass guitar, and Eds Chesters on drums. A fifth member, Richard Payne, came on board between 1998 and 2002. The band was originally named "The Bottlegarden".
The band's biggest hit, "Slight Return", was released in 1996. They have achieved thirteen Top 40 singles and three Top 10 albums in the UK charts. The Bluetones' commercial success waned after the fall of the Britpop movement, yet they continued to tour and release new records. The band's final album A New Athens was released on 31 May 2010. The band split on 1 October 2011 following a farewell tour which ended with a concert in Osaka, Japan.
After the release of two singles on Fierce Panda Records, the band signed to A&M Records and released Expecting to Fly on their own sublabel Superior Quality Recordings. The album entered the UK Albums Chart at number one, and featured the singles "Bluetonic" and "Slight Return", with the latter being beaten to number one by Babylon Zoo's "Spaceman". Following the touring and promotional duties for Expecting to Fly, the band released stand-alone single "Marblehead Johnson" to bridge the gap between albums.
The second album, Return To The Last Chance Saloon, was released in 1998. While failing to generate the commercial success of their debut, it did spawn hits in the form of "Solomon Bites the Worm" and "If...".
Whilst many of their mid 1990s peers had disbanded by 2000, The Bluetones released their third album, Science & Nature, which again reached the Top 10 and featured the hit singles "Keep the Home Fires Burning" and "Autophilia".
A single, entitled "My Neighbour's House", was released in the UK on 18 September 2006. The single was taken from their self-titled album, which was released on 9 October that year. It failed to chart in the UK Albums Chart after its first week on sale. The album was also released in the US, the first such occurrence since their debut. Although no reason was cited, on 1 October 2006, it was announced that a planned nine-date tour of North America and Australia had been scrapped. However, on 1 November 2006, the band began a month-long tour of Europe in support of their new release, including two sold-out nights at Glasgow's King Tuts.
In February 2007, the band released BBC Radio Sessions containing tracks recorded for the BBC between 1994 and 2000. This was followed in June with their first full live album, Once Upon a Time in West Twelve, recorded at the Shepherds Bush Empire on 18 November 2005, and was followed on 29 October 2007, by a live DVD of the same concert under the title Beat about the Bush. 2007 also saw the release of a compilation album of early demo recordings, entitled The Early Garage Years. They also released a DVD under the title Blue Movies.
In January 2008, the band began a mini-tour of Scotland, playing five cities (Stirling, Dunfermline, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh) in as many nights. In May 2008 a ten-date tour covered Cambridge, Whitehaven, Sheffield, Newcastle upon Tyne, Birmingham, London, Bristol, Manchester and Darwen, including one of the last few concerts at the Astoria. They also played a show with Brit-pop rivals Dodgy on 17 May 2009, at a secret London venue, to benefit the homelessness charity Crisis, as part of the charity's 'Hidden Gigs' campaign against hidden homelessness.
In December 2008, the band embarked on a five-date tour, taking in Lincoln, Manchester, Sheffield and Birmingham. The tour saw them playing their debut album, Expecting to Fly, in full. Some further dates were subsequently announced for February and March 2009.
On 31 May 2010, the band released an album called A New Athens. Despite moderate praise the album failed to chart in the UK Albums Chart.
On 28 March, the band announced they would split after a farewell tour in September 2011, with a message from frontman Mark Morriss saying "After 17 years and 6 albums, The Bluetones have decided that the time has arrived to call it a day and move on to other challenges. Before disappearing forever though, we will be heading out for one last tour, as a chance to say farewell and thank you to all the fans that have sustained us over these years, with a career-spanning Greatest Hits/Best Of... style set of songs. It's gonna be emotional."
The discography of The Bluetones, an English indie rock band, consists of six studio albums, six compilation albums, one live album, three extended plays (EPs), twenty singles and four video releases.
Studio albums 
|Year||Album details||Chart positions||Certifications
|1996||Expecting to Fly||1|
|1998||Return to the Last Chance Saloon
|2000||Science & Nature
|2010||A New Athens
||21 (UK Indie)|
Live albums 
Compilation albums 
|Year||Album details||Chart positions|
|2000||Are You Blind?
|2006||A Rough Outline: The Singles & B-Sides 95–03
|2007||BBC Radio Sessions
|The Early Garage Years
Extended plays 
- A Bluetones Companion (1995, Japan only)
- Mudslide (2000)
- Serenity Now (2005, mail-order-only release)
|1995||"Slight Return" / "The Fountainhead" (limited edition 7")||–||–||Expecting to Fly|
|"Are You Blue or Are You Blind?"||31||–||—|
|"Bluetonic"||19||–||Expecting to Fly|
|1996||"Slight Return" (re-issue)||2||15|
|"Cut Some Rug" / "Castle Rock"||7||–|
|1998||"Solomon Bites the Worm"||10||–||Return to the Last Chance Saloon|
|"Sleazy Bed Track"||35||–|
|"4-Day Weekend" (mail-order-only release)||–||–|
|2000||"Keep the Home Fires Burning"||13||–||Science & Nature|
|"Autophilia (Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Car)"||18||–|
|2002||"After Hours"||26||–||The Singles|
|2003||"Fast Boy" / "Liquid Lips"||25||–||Luxembourg|
|"Never Going Nowhere"||40||–|
|2006||"My Neighbour's House"||68||–||The Bluetones|
|"Head on a Spike"||135||–|
|2010||"Carry Me Home"||–||–||A New Athens|
Video/DVD releases 
- Mondo Concerto (1997)
- Blue Movies (2007)
- Beat about the Bush (2007)
- Expecting to Fly Live (2009)
- Who us?: Official Biography
- with a little charm...: pictures
- with a little charm...: faq: band history
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- www.myspace.com/thebluetones The Bluetones' official MySpace
- www.bluetones.org.uk A Bluetones fan page
- The Bluetones at Allmusic