You would be forgiven for thinking The Bluetones would not want to visit the Midlands after our own Wolverhampton based Babylon Zoo kept their ‘Slight Return’ from getting to number one in 1996 with the Levi’s promoted and frankly rubbish, ‘Spaceman’. But The Bluetones are back, playing the Library at the Birmingham Institute on 3 May with the continuation of last year’s 20th Anniversary celebrations of when their first singles were released.
Although The Bluetones were born out of Britpop, their honest and down to earth image was a million miles away from the arrogant swagger of Oasis, or the cor blimey Blur. Despite having better songs than their contemporaries, singer writer Mark Morris and co somehow didn’t attract millions of followers. However, those with any sense always knew that The Bluetones were the superior band of the mid to late 90’s.
That said, The Bluetones still had thirteen Top 40 singles and three Top 10 albums between 1995 and 2000, as well as a Top 20 Best of compilation in 2002. Despite more recently not being in the glare of the mainstream, the band has continued to craft excellent songs and is still a stunning live act.
After twenty years, six albums, numerous best ofs and compilations, countless singles, solo careers, break ups and reunions, The Bluetones have a new lease of life and promise a night of all their best- loved songs, on what has been described as the Jukebox Tour.
The thought of seeing Mark Morris’ infamous shuffle dance in the flesh again should be enough to get anyone out to cut a rug with The Bluetones on 3 May. Do not miss this gig!
Words – Alan Neilson
The Bluetones -Tickets
Tickets for The Bluetones appearance at the o2 Institute Library are available from the venue website here via Seetickets.
The Bluetones will also be appearing at other venues in May:
04 May 2016 Oxford o2 Academy
05 May 2016 London The Roundhouse