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GIG - the bluetones

Today, signing at Virgin Megastore, Buchanan Street, Glasgow, 1pm, free. Tel: 0 141 353 2993
Tonight, The Liquid Room, Victoria Street, Edinburgh, 7.30pm, returns only. Tel: 0131 225 2564

The band who once rhymed 'rug' with 'doodlebug' kick off their latest tour in Edinburgh tonight, promoting new single, Keep The Homefires Burning (cue hilarious fireman antics pictured above). The single is their first 'proper' release - barring the Internet only 4 Day Weekend since 1998's gold album Return To The Last Chance Saloon.

It's been four years since the Bluetones were at the peak of their powers, deluging every student union in the country with an ocean of natty silver and blue T-shirts. It may seem strange now, at a time when the Manic Street Preachers are a regular top-five fixture, to recall just how important Morriss and his mates were to the guitar band loving public.

Almost every Bluetones single went top-ten and when Slight Return reached No.2 it heralded the arrival of the short lived Britpop revolution.

Now they're older, with a smarter be-suited image and Morriss' recent television appearance - on ITV's CD:UK - epitomising the height of suave sophistication. Thankfully their skillful song-writing technique remains unchanged.

The Bluetones knock out some of the most intelligently crafted, melodically inventive material around, songs like fan favourite If, the beautiful Broken Starr and new pop monster track Zorrro.

The Bluetones might not change your life but they're guaranteed to make it seem better for a couple of hours.

Andrew Williams

Extracted from the metro (scotland), 21st February 2000