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Mark on the Bluetones Messageboard: April 1999

Mark turns up an hour late..frustration mounts.. "Have we been conned fellow blue people???!!!" someone posts...

Mark Arrives!!!: HELLO EVERYONE.I APOLOGISE FOR STARTING LATE BUT I THOUGHT I WAS STARTING AT 5 O'CLOCK NOT 4.I'M REALLY SORRY FOR MAKING YOU ALL HANG ABOUT.NOW WE CAN GET DOWN TO THE NITTY-GRITTY.

Question from Fountainhead: ...Hello, if you've arrived and made it to my message. As you can probably tell from my name (above) my favourite track is the mighty 'The Fountainhead'! I 've asked many people but can you confirm this: Will there be a track on the new album similar to it, also like sky will fall??? Secondly: Will there be any strong theme with the third album like the cowboy feel in Saloon??? (not that it's compulsary) Thirdly: Will the mighty 'tones be doing a gig in Manchester between october and april, as i will be at uni there then and i still haven't seen you live??? (if so, i strongly recommend you play Fountainhead live as i've never heard it other than the album!)

Mark's Answer: IN ANSWER TO THE FIRST PART OF YOUR QUESTION THE SONGS WHICH HAVE EMERGED FROM THE WRITING AND DEMO SESSIONS FOR THE NEW RECORD ARE IN A MUCH MELLOWER VEIN THAN THE 'LAST CHANCE SALOON' STUFF.SO IF IT'S THE GENTLER SIDE OF THE BLUETONES YOU PREFER,I DON'T THINK YOU'LL BE DISAPPOINTED.THERE IS AS YET NO REAL OVERALL'CONCEPT' TO THE NEW STUFF BUT IT ALL HANGS TOGETHER NICELY. AS FAR AS GIGGING IN THE NEAR FUTURE GOES,WE HAVE NO PLANS TO PLAY ANYWHERE UNTIL THE NEW ALBUM IS IN THE CAN.WE WON'T BE PLAYING AT ANY FESTIVALS THIS SUMMER EITHER.WE DECIDED TO JUST CONCENTRATE ON THE RCORDING THIS TIME ROUND.WITH THE LAST 2 ALBUMS WE KEPT STOPPING HALF WAY THROUGH THE RECORDING TO GO OFF AND PLAY AT FESTIVALS BOTH HERE,AND IN EUROPE,AND ALTHOUGH IT IS FUN,IT CAN BE A BIT TOO MUCH OF A DISTRACTION.I HOPE THIS ANSWERS YOUR QUERIES,T.T.F.N. MARK.XXXX

Gem's Question: Hi. Hope you're okay. Glad you're here, etc. How's Benjamin? Is he cute? Now, WHO THE HELL was Clarry in 'Neighbours'?Please? And me and Belfast girl and Helen wanna know a good name for our lovely new 'Tones zine which we are setting up as IABV have fucked off - Bombus thought 'Blue Thrills'? And we never did do that interview last year - Gemma from Fizzy? - so we'll be expecting one for this zine! Sorry for moaning...

Mark's Answer: ELLO,GEM.I'LL TELL EDS THAT YOU WERE ASKING AFTER YOUNG BEN,WHO IS,I'M HAPPY TO REPORT,IN RUDE HEALTH.HE HAS HIS FATHER'S NOSE BUT APART FROM THAT HE STILL LOOKS LIKE WINSTON CHURCHILL TO ME. THE I.A.B.V. TEAM HAVEN'T DISAPPEARED FOR GOOD,BUT SEEING AS WE'VE BEEN FAIRLY QUIET ON THE P.R. FRONT THEY'RE TAKING A WELL EARNT BREAK. MAY I SUGGEST 'ECLECTIC BLUE' AS A POSSIBLE FANZINE TITLE.A DUBIOUS PUN ON A SERIES OF 80'S SOFT PORN VIDEOS. T.T.F.N. MARK XXXX.

Justin's Question: Hi there :) - I noticed that all of you are running with a yellow book in the Slight Return video, then in the Cut Some Rug video the man with the shaved head is reading a yellow book, and in theMarblehead Johnson video you are reading a yellow book while laying down when a couple of the others run outside to play soccer. Are these all the same book? Does this mean anything in particular? You guys are the greatest, thanks again for everything that you do, Justin jtab

Mark's Answer: YOU KNOW,IT NEVER CEASES TO AMAZE AND FLATTER ME THE THINGS PEOPLE NOTICE ABOUT OUR WORK.I REALLY WISH I COULD GIVE YOU A REASON FOR THE PRESENCE OFTHIS YELLOW BOOK BUT IT IS MERE COINCIDENCE I'M AFRAID.SORRY. T.T.F.N. MARKXXXX.

Claudia asked: In december 96 you said:I've heard tell that he doesn't exist,but that's just a media lie to divide the people"- so- who's non-existence do you think the media would exploit in order to divide the people( we just wanna know if you still remember who it was!!!)

Mark: NOPE.SORRY,I DON'T HAVE A CLUE WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT.COULD YOU BE A LITTLE MORE SPECIFIC? T.T.F.N. MARK XXXX.

Claudia: is very old and he's got a long white beard and a red coat and he's giving loads of gifts to litte children at on particular time of the year!!!! na????Can you now give me an answer whom you were talking about???

bombus asked: know this question is boring but my other question had been answered last time apparently! *grrr kate* so I want to know if there has ever been a slight return on 12" cos Ive sure as hell cnt find one! and fran from travis sends his regards apperntly LET IT RIPXXX PS and buffy, also a friend of frans sends her regards!

Mark replied: HELLO THERE.IN ANSWER TO YOUR FIRST QUESTION...YES,'SLIGHT RETURN' IS AVAILABLE ON 12".YOU'LL BE ABLE TO ORDER IT FROM THE BLUETONES INTERNET SHOP WHICH GOES ON LINE IN ABOUT A WEEK.WATCH THIS SPACE FOR DETAILS. I BUMPED INTO FRAN AND DOUGIE FROM 'TRAVIS' AT THE ADAM & JOE LAUNCH PARTY ABOUT TEN DAYS AGO.THEY WERE BOTH IN GOOD FORM,AND ARE MOST DEFINITELY AMONG THE NICEST PEOPLE I'VE MET ON MY MUSICAL JOURNEY.IF YOU SPEAK TO THEM AGAIN SOON,PLEASE PASS ON MY WARMEST REGARDS. T.T.F.N. MARK XXXX.

More Claudia: we're still in december 96:"I want a Chines Elvis singing "Blue Christmas" and that Jona Lewie song"? Have you taken anything during that interview or is this really your ideal christmas??

Mark (?): AS ANY TRUE CHRISTIAN KNOWS,THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF OUR LORD.AMEN MARKXXXX.

Izzy asked: . and kind of irrelevant, but where did you get that funky shirt you wore in the Solomon video? I want one. In fact, I'll have yours if you don't mind. Also, what music are you into at the moment? Thanks (assuming you reply), love Izzy.

Mark replied: DEAR IZZY,THANKS FOR YOUR LITTLE QUERY.IN REPLY TO THE FIRST PART,I BOUGHT THAT 'RED DRAGON' SHIRT FROM A SHOP CALLED 'LA ROCKA' ON THE KINGS ROAD IN CHELSEA.IT WAS ONLY ABOUT THIRTY QUID TOO.BARGAIN! THE MUSIC WHICH I'VE BEEN LISTENING TO THE MOST RECENTLY IS A BOX SET I BOUGHT FROM BEGGAR'S BANQUET IN PUTNEY.IT'S A COMPILATION OF 60'S GARAGE AND PSYCHEDELIC CLASSICS AND IS RARELY OUT OF MY MACHINE.I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT.T.T.F.N. MARK XXXX.

helen wrote in a message titled "porn movies" : mark well at least i got your attention and to hang on to it im going to ask if i can come round and take pictures of you lot for the fanzine. what do you think? helen and you have to reply. youve never replied to me

Mark replied: THAT WAS A DIRTY TRICK.BUT IT WORKED.IF YOU GET THE FANZINE TO CALL 'HALL OR NOTHING' AND WE'LL BE HAPPY TO SET UP A SHOOT,POSSIBLY AT THE RECORDING STUDIO OR SOMETHING.GOOD LUCK MARKXXXX.

Buffy syas in a message titled "Mark - Bombus loves you": Bombus is a sexually deviant yankee freak... ...but we love him... ...franny loves him.. ...but for some reason, he only loves you. Love Buffy..xxx

Mark: I AM TRULY,TRULY FLATTERED.LOVE MARK XXXX.

Mel wrote: Just to say hi, cos I'm gonna have to go (phonebill came in yesterday!), I don't even know if you're still here! Does the band have any TV appearances planned in the near future? Hope to see you on tour once you get around to doing it!

Mark said: NICE TO HEAR FROM YOU AGAIN MEL.ALBEIT SHORT AND SWEET.TAKE CARE MARK XXXX.

Belfast wrote: Hi Mark I hope you and everyone else are well.....it's really nice to have you here talking to us! The Astoria gig was amazing and I'm sorry I didn't get to say hello cause I wanted to apoligise for being so pissed in Dublin last time I saw you!! I know I was abit irritating but cheers for putting up with me! Did you ever listen to that LoFi Allstars tape I gave you? Thanks for signing my card at the Peel Sessions it was a lovely surprise! Also Lisa and Sam told you something which I am really embarrassed about and I'd appreciate it if you kept it to yourself, please?! If you've forgotten then that's even better but you didn't say anything did you?! How's Benjamin? Tell Eds I was asking for him.... Anyway good luck for the new album I can't wait to hear it! See you soon, Love and hugs,

Mark wrote: HELLO THERE BELFAST GIRL.HOW YA DOING?SORRY IT'S TAKEN ME SO LONG TO GET BACK TO YOU.I'M NOT USED TO FLOWING FREELY ACROSS THE KEYBOARD YET.YES,I HAVE LISTENED TO THAT LO-FI ALLSTARS TAPE,AND I'M AFRAID I THOUGHT IT WAS A BIT BORING AND PRETENTIOUS.NO OFFENCE.THANKS FOR LENDING IT THOUGH.AS I WAS SAYING TO SOMEONE EARLIER EDS' LITTLE BOY,BEN, IS DOING JUST SPLENDIDLY.SCOTT AND RICHARD WROTE A SONG CALLED 'I HOPE IT'S A BOY' ON THE DAY THAT EDS' WIFE WENT INTO LABOUR.SPOOKY.REST ASSURED,I HAVE NO MEMORY OF YOUR 'DARK SECRET' SO YOU CAN SLEEP EASY.I'M GONNA NICK OFF NOW SO I'LL SPEAK TO YOU SOON.LOOK AFTER YOURSELF,MARKXXXX.

Blue Frog (govan) wrote a message titled: MARK! DON'T READ THIS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES! Damn it! I told you not to read this! Anyway, while you're here I may as well mention the band's Tourist Information and the fantastic ab tank in order to attain whether or not you've listened to them yet

Mark replied: I HAVEN'T HAD A COPY OF THE TOURIST INFORMATION TAPE YET,THE AB TANK C.D. SOUNDS PROMISING BUT IT'S NOT REALLY MY CUP OF TEA.I KNOW THAT'S PROBABLY NOT WHAT YOU WANTED TO HEAR,OH WELL.T.T.F.N.MARK XXXX

Govan complained: Mark - I sent you the Tourist Info tape ages ago. Someone told me that you said you had it but hadn't listened to it yet what's going on??? PS - if you want to hear it go to < http://listen.to/demo > and listen to the sound clips

Mark explained: I GUESS I WAS MISTAKEN.BECAUSE I DEFINITELY HAVEN'T HEARD IT.I'M SURE YOU CAN APPRECIATE THAT I GET SENT QUITE A LOT OF DEMOS AND THAT. T.T.F.N.MARK XXXX.

Mad lass Christine thru the body of bombus wrote: she wants to know whens the next time you are coming to scotland, fife area preferably! mad lass via bombusxxx

Mark replied: AS SOON AS THE ALBUM IS DONE AND DUSTED WE PLAN TO DO FOUR OR FIVE 'SECRET' GIGS ACROSS BRITAIN,PROBABLY UNDER AN ASSUMED NAME FOR HARDCORE DISCIPLES ONLY.IT'LL BE A GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO UNVEIL SOME OF THE NEW SONGS IN A MORE RECEPTIVEENVIRONMENT.Y'KNOW,MASSAGE THE COLLECTIVEEGO. WE'LL PROBABLY POST A MESSAGE NEARER THE TIME,TELLING YOU WHAT THE NAME IS THAT WE CHOOSE,AND WHERE TO LOOK OUT FOR IT! T.T.F.N.MARK XXX

Kate wrote: You must stay behind afterwards and write "I Will Not Waste Chalk" five hundred times to compensate for your late arrival this afternoon Presuming you would be late for your own funeral.....!!! Are you feeling better now (after leaving the SQR gig early this time last week)?? Love, Kate (the Villa fan) xx

Mark replied: IWILLNOTWASTECHALKIWILLNOTWASTECHALKIWILLNOTWASTECHALKIWILLNOTWASTECHA KIWILLNOTWASTECHALKIWILLNOTWASTECHALKIWILLNOTWASTECHALKALLWORKANDNOPLA MAKESJACKADULLBOY....OH,BUGGER IT.HELLO THERE KATE.HOW ARE YOU ?SORRY FOR MAKING YOU HANG ABOUT,BUT I REALLY DID THINK I WAS STARTING AT FIVE.I THOUGHT IWAS GONNA BE EARLY.I AM INDEED FEELING MUCH BETTER THAN I DID LAST WEEK.ALTHOUGH THE ROCKING HORSES CHEERED ME UP NO END.THEY ARE MY FAVOURITE BAND AT THE MOMENT.SIMPLE,BRILLIANT SONGS,PLAYED WITH A REALLY GENUINE CHARM.WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THEM? LOVE,MARK XXXX.

Clive and Anna ask: Well not quite but now weve got your attention - or maybe we are too late by now as we got bord waiting for you to appear and decidedto go to the union for a pint - which turned into 2 or 3!!! How things going???? well we aint really got much to say but Hello!! Ohh whos producing the new album? Well thats it from us drunken bunkens!!! (Whats new) catch ya round!! CIAO

Mark replies: I CAN'T APOLOGISE ENOUGH FOR MAKING EVERYONE HANG AROUND,AND SO THIS IS THE LAST TIME I WILL SAY IT AS IT IS STARTING TO GET A BIT BORING.WE START RECORDING THE ALBUM NEXTMONDAY.WE'VE SELECTED 3 SONGS THAT WE'RE GONNA DO WITH EDWYN COLLINS PRODUCING.IF THE SESSION GOES WELL ,WE'LL DO THEWHOLE LOT WITH HIM.EVERYONE IS VERY EXCITED ABOUTDOING STUFF WITH HIM,AS YOU KNOW OUR FIRST TWOALBUMS WERE BOTH PRODUCED BY HUGH JONES,WE ALL JUST FELT THAT IT WAS TIME TO TRY SOMETHING A BIT DIFFERENT.I STILL SEE HUGH ALL THE TIME,THERE ARE NO HARD FEELINGS AT ALL.HE THINKS IT'S AGOOD IDEA.WHAT A GENT! T.T.F.N.MARK XXXX

About Belfast and Helen's fanzine naming Mark said: IN MY OPINION,A TERRIBLE PUN IS ALWAYS BEST. LOVE MARK XXXX.

Janicoo asks: Still trying to get your attention (hehe). Glad to know you 'probably' won't do any gigs over the summer as I won't be here - no I'm not selfish! When you next play, will it be a kind of fanclub based event? xxxs

Mark said: YES.WE'LL KEEP YOU POSTED AS TO WHEN AND WHERE. T.T.F.N.MARK XXXX.

Janicoo wrote: "Pleased with Superior?" Hey Mark, Just wanted to ask if you're happy with the direction that Superior are going in? I can imagine that it may be difficult to steer it creatively now that a large company has an interest. Anyway, congrats on the Superbs, who are very good! xxxxs Janicoo

Mark said: IT'S STILL EARLY DAYS FOR THE LABEL,BUT YES,I AM HAPPY WITH THE BANDS WE CURRENTLY HAVE IN OUR STABLE.MY FAVOURITES BY A MILE OF THE NEW BANDS ARE 'THE ROCKING HORSES' IF YOU HAVEN'T HEARD THEMYET YOU'RE IN FOR A TREAT.THEY SOUND UNLIKE ANYONE ELSE ABOUT AT THE MOMENT. T.T.F.N.MARK XXXX.

helen wrote: wheres the studio mark? we need to know where it is so we can take pics for the fanzine and have you seen sat nite fever? its all 70s and i thought it was brill! helen

Mark replies: CAN'T DIVULGE THAT CAN'T OF INFO ON THE INTERNET.YOU MIGHT BE A NUTCASE!!!HA HA!! IF YOU CALL UP HALL OR NOTHING,OUR PRESS COMPANY,AND SPEAK TO CAFFY,SHE'LL SORT IT ALL OUT.NO SWEAT.ANY WAYS I'VE GOT TO GO NOW.THE POWERS THAT BE WANT TO LOCK UP THE OFFICE AND GO HOME TO THEIR BLOW-UP DOLLS.BUT I'LL 'LOG-ON' AGAIN PRETTY SOON COS WE'RE RECORDING JUST AROUND THE CORNER FROM WHERE OUR OFFICE IS(SLIGHT CLUE)IF I DIDN'T GET ROUND TO YOUR MESSAGE THIS TIME I WILL NEXT. LOTSALUV,MARKXXXX.

Submitted by Drapes

Extracted from the official messageboard, April 1998.