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It has recently came to my attention that one of my favourate bands The Bluetones have decided to call it a day after 18 years together ( 16 recording). This is sad because they were the last band of the mid-late 90s britpop/indie guitar scene still going which I am very fond of ( you had to be there).

The bands first album in 96 knocked Oasis off the top spot and they also had a number 2 single that year, they were for a short while one of the UKs biggest bands. 2 more albums came in the 90s that also went top ten but the next decade ( despite releasing a further 3 great albums) were not as kind. The last album released last year did not even make the top 200. This must be heartbreaking for a band who previously had a number 1 album and 2 top ten albums who were consistently recording great music. Guitarist Adam Devlin is actually classed as one of the best guitarists on the planet by people who know about that stuff, but he has always been a closed secret maybe thats the way he wanted it. He actually plays 12 string guitar on most tracks on the first album and any musician knows you have to be good to get the sound of 2 lead guitarists out of it and he did.

I went to see them locally last year but I guess when a band only half fills Carlisle's 200 capacity Brickyard club its really bad news, yet despite this the band played a blinder and were very professional. I actually met the band in 2003 in Preston after a gig and found them all great guys who were happy to listen to my drunken ramblings when they had groupies clearly waiting in the dressing room to entertain them.
Any USA members probably wont have a clue who these guys are but check out the below songs on youtube to give you a taster of how good they were.

Talking To Clary
4 Day Weekend
Fast Boy
Head On a Spike
Devil Behind My Smile

I guess now the music industry has changed and its simply not viable for a band ( who are in all about 40 now) to have to constantly tour to make money because the record sales do not provide a living.

The music industry press should hang its head in shame as the way they abandoned and heckled the band later in their career was simply vindictive , yeah thats you NME, NEW MUSICAL EXPRESS. Its another part of my youth now gone which is always a shame.

The most underrated band of all time , thanks for the great music guys you were never given the praise you deserved.
I didnt actually know they were still going, but 18 years is very long lifespan for a band nowdays. I did have their first album but i am not really a fan. I would be interested to check out some of their later songs on Youtube to see what their sound evolved into though. Thanks for posting Ste Smile
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