The Bluetones – in concert at Bizarre Festival ’98 – Recorded by WDR – August 21, 1998 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –
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The Bluetones to end the week. In concert at the 1998 Bizarre Festival in Köln, Germany -August 21, 1998 and recorded by West German Radio.
Formed in Hounslow, Greater London, in 1993. The Bluetones members are 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 has scored thirteen Top 40 singles and three Top 10 albums in the UK charts. Although their commercial success waned in the post-Britpop era, they continued to tour and release new records. Their most recent album A New Athens was released in May 2010.
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 climbing to #2 on the UK charts (kept from the top 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 Bluetones album, Return to the Last Chance Saloon, was released in 1998. While failing to repeat the commercial success of their debut, it reached the top 10 in the UK album charts and spawned the hit singles “Solomon Bites the Worm” and “If…”.
In 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”.
On 28 March 2011, the band announced they would split after a farewell tour in the autumn. On 13 April 2015, the band announced that they would reform for a new UK tour.
In Summer 2017 they co-headlined the Star Shaped Festival tour run by the popular Britpop club of the same name alongside the newly reformed Sleeper. This took place in Birmingham, London, Manchester & Glasgow in July and August 2017.
They are currently on a UK tour.
See them if you can – in the meantime, crank this one up and get ready for the weekend. (Note: Sound is a little messy at the start – vocals get lost, found and lost again – a couple minutes in, everything settles down. Mixing on the fly is an experience to behold.)