Originally called The Bottlegarden, The Bluetones formed in Hounslow, London in 1994.
In 1995, they released two singles, Are You Blue or Are You Blind? and Bluetonic, which received positive reviews in the British music weeklies and scored them a recording deal with A&M Records. They were soon being touted as the next big thing in Britpop.
The Bluetones released the single Slight Return in 1996 which shot to #2 a month before their debut album, Expecting to Fly, was released. The album debuted at #1 on the British charts.
The non-LP single Marblehead Johnson was well received but only dented the charts. Meanwhile, The Bluetones began working on their second album, Return to the Last Chance Saloon (1997). While failing to repeat the commercial success of their debut, it reached the top 10 in the UK album charts and spawned the hit singles Solomon Bites the Worm and If…
In 2000 The Bluetones released their third album, Science & Nature, which reached the Top 10 and featured the hit singles Keep the Home Fires Burning and Autophilia.
A collection of singles, aptly titled The Singles, followed in the spring of 2002 and the band released their fourth studio album, Luxembourg, to mixed reviews in 2003.
The single, My Neighbour’s House, was released in September 2006, taken from their self-titled album, which was released on 9 October that year. It failed to chart.
In March 2011 the band announced they would split after a farewell tour in the autumn but in April 2015 they announced they would reform.