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What was the band's name before The Bluetones?

The band were previously called "The Bottlegarden" and featured all of the guys except for Eds.

The lads used to say they were previously in a band called "Vietnam" when interviewed by some mags...but this was complete bollocks!

Eds himself was in a number of bands in the past, including

  • "Puppy Dogs From Hell" in Co. Durham when he was very young
  • "Brando" in Co. Durham a little later
  • "Soho" in London when 19 years old, he left in 1991
Thanks to Ed Coburn and Jeff Kilkenny for this info

Where did The Bluetones get their name from?

There are a number of different reasons given for this by the band at various times. So here I'll list the ones I've heard:

In an interview with Ed for "In A Blue Vein" the band said "The Bluetones" was picked as it was "Just our thing, ambiguous, colour associated with music" and "all we were after was sort of a classic name".

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In another interview, this time with Nathalie for "Driftwood", Eds said, hought they were being a bit too pretentious.

Another idea came from Jamie (me95jjc@brunel.ac.uk):

From the Stone Roses web page: "On January 13th 1991, The Stone Roses book into Bluestone rehearsal studio in Pembrokeshire, South Wales" Bluestone re-arranged gives Bluetones. Or am I reading into this too deeply?! From listening to the Bluetones, there is a very strong Roses influence there....

Yet another comment came to me from Claire (robert.knights@cableol.co.uk):

It's worth noting that the Stone Roses, a major influence, were on Silvertone Records. Also, Neil Young's backing band at one point were The Bluenotes. Neil Young was once in Buffalo Springfield - a band Mark cites as having a big effect on their music.