As tenacious survivors of the once thriving Brit-pop era, the Bluetones have trudged on, releasing a steady stream of albums to satisfy a loyal legion of fans. Originally formed as The Bottlegarden in 1994 in Hounslow, England, the foursome's 1996 debut album, Expecting to Fly rode the Brit-pop wave to the top of the British charts. The group was touted in the British press as the "Next Big Thing," with a sound that garnered Stone Roses/Oasis comparisons. For the most part, they've stuck with the formula, excepting 2002's Luxembourg, an effort that borrowed heavily from rawer, edgier influences, a la The Strokes. In early 2006, The Bluetones released A Rough Outline, a box set of singles and B-sides. They continue to tour vigorously as one of England's most rousing live bands.
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