I was sad to learn that my good pals The Bluetones would go their separate ways later this year after 18 years in service.
I was a fan since first hearing ‘Bluetonic’ in 1995 and later became friends with Mark Morriss and the rest of the band. Ironically, my initial introduction to Mark was because he was a fan of the ‘Mash & Peas’ sketches I did with Lucas & Walliams way back in 1996.
As well as being an admirer of the band, I later went on to direct two of their videos, use their music in the second series of ‘Spaced’, (where the band also did a cameo in ‘Battles’) and most recently put their much underrated single 1998 ‘Sleazy Bed Track’ on the OST for ‘Scott Pilgrim Vs The World’.
It’s worth pointing out that this song a) was a fave of Bryan Lee O’Malley too and b) had one of their weirdest music video concepts.
So while I am sad to see them go, I am heartened to see that the ‘Tones are on a long farewell tour at the end of the year and I dearly hope to attend one of these dates.
In the meantime why not enjoy three of our collaborations.
First off, here’s a very little seen advert for their 2002 compilation ‘The Singles’ which I directed at the end of the ‘After Hours’ shoot. That video which featured all teen actors had to wrap up at 6.30pm due to child welfare laws, so we knocked off this very silly commercial straight after. Enjoy.
Now please enjoy the first video I directed for them, 2000’s ‘Keep The Home Fires Burning’.
And finally, the video I did for their single ‘After Hours’. The concept for this came up when I first heard the single and remarked that it sounded like Paul Williams. And thus…
Maybe see you on one of their final dates?