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BLUE AEROPLANES

The history of Blue Aeroplanes is closely intertwined with that of Fire Records: At the same time as Fire was showing a healthy disregard for passing fashion with some delightfully eclectic signings (yup, we were putting out records by the Aeroplanes & Pulp as far back as ’86), Blue Aeroplanes were an unfashionable guitar band in England at the same time as REM were an unfashionable guitar band in America!

Actually, Blue Aeroplanes were one helluva lot more than just an unfashionable guitar band – they took elements of rock’n’roll, folk, poetry, scratch ‘n’ sampling, avant-garde art and more besides and mixed them up with sheer physical exuberance. Blue Aeroplanes came from Bristol and were led by Gerard Langley, an English graduate and a fantastic poet. These are their second and third albums respectively. The second one, “Tolerance” (1986), is a great record made cheaply and cannot pass without mention of the truly corking “Ups”, an echo-laden blueprint for indie-dance. Their third one, “Spitting Out Miracles” (1987), is a superb record made inexpensively and the band’s first real masterpiece. Both records bear witness to a truly incomparable band.

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