While a lot of people are going on about the REM split. Last week we went to see another band that fairly recently announced they were sadly calling it a day. Their performance was as amazing as it has been everytime I’ve seen them.
I’ve been a fan of The Bluetones since the very early days and I first saw them live 12 years ago. One phrase that comes up time and again when describing The Bluetones is ‘underrated’. For me that couldn’t be more true. Arguably one of the best bands to come out of the britpop era. ‘Expecting to Fly’ is one of my favourite albums of all time and in my opinion none of their talent and song writing ability has diminished over the years.
What else is great is that where most bands gave up after the overnight successes that so many bands had in that mid nineties period The Bluetones didn’t. Proof that they were in it for the love of making music and playing live and not just riding on the popularity of indie music at the time.
I remember an interview with Mark Morriss which stuck with me where he talks about his thoughts on creativity, to quote.
‘There needs to be some level of struggle otherwise there is no sense of achievement.’
A great outlook I think. Something to think about the next time you’re feeling that block.
I chose ‘If’ to start this post, not because it’s my favourite track (it isn’t) but because it is the one that holds the most memories for me, from the time it was released and it happens to be the last song I’ll see them play live. I also read that the song itself is about creativity, in particular the difficulty with song writing.