Fare thee well, The Bluetones (1993-2011)

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?

And do follow the lovely Mark Morriss and the equally lovely Scott Morriss on Twitter.

  • Jim

    you ARE joking?

  • Jim

    you ARE joking?

  • Leewatler

    the bluetones are brilliant, saw them play in cardiff for the last chance saloon tour. marblehead johnson is a great tune and a bizarre vid…

  • Anonymous

    I do love the Bluetones. After Hours will always be one of my fave music vids 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I do love the Bluetones. After Hours will always be one of my fave music vids 🙂

  • Siradamdevlin

    genuinely haven’t seen that ad since it was filmed … fried gold! …. adamx

    • Mr. Devlin! That advert was too much fun, I am glad I got to dig it out! Hope you are well.

  • Well… too bad for fans, but certainly good for them… I didn’t know them but Their music is really really nice.

    Love the “After Hours” video. Pfff… I miss the right words in english but let’s say it this way : energic, beautiful photography, very nice light, well the “esthetic” is great. The video is great ! And by the way, those kids are amazing.

  • Han

    Definitely going to one of those shows. The Bluetones were a real stalwart band of my teenage years. Going to submit my setlist requests now!

  • Kellstarr

    beyond mortified. wish they’d reconsider. x

  • fun days, still love that after hours vid

  • fun days, still love that after hours vid

  • lilmissmosher

    and agreed re the April Fools thing 🙁 …..

  • lilmissmosher

    ace. id not seen that commercial clip before – the After Hours vid is one of my favourites. and Mark does look a bit too good as a lipstick-wearing blonde 😀

  • Wish this was an April Fools joke.