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Originally Bluetonic was titled No.11, in fact it was released under this title on the ultra-collectible Fierce Panada 7", "Return To Splendour". The name changed pretty soon afterwards, and when I first saw them live (December 1994) Bluetonic was the title used on the set list.
The reason it's called No.11 is 'cos it was the eleventh track the band wrote.
The song uses some lyrics extracted from a poem called "Celia Celia" written by Adrian Mitchell. To avoid any problems the band decided to credit Adrian as an author of the single. For those interested here's the poem:
When I am sad and weary
I thought that many of you might be interested to know why some of the band's songs are called what they are. So as a start to this here goes:
J. D. King tells me: "Ames is a town in America, in the Wild West, I presume, because REM played there in 1995 between gigs at San Diego and Las Vegas."
Curiously enough if you put the initials of the lads together you get Ames (Adam, Mark, Eds and Scott).
Anne wrote to say "I read in an encyclopedia that Ames is actually a psychological thing (Discovered by a person with the name Dr. Ames I think) Where you see only what you expect to see, based on your past experiences".
I'm not too sure on this one - suggestions welcome as always.
I checked the copy of Microsoft Encarta '95 which came with my computer (I knew I'd find a use for it some time!) and it came up with the following:
The Colorado potato beetle is the most destructive of the insect pests; others include the potato leafhopper, the potato flea beetle, and species of aphids and psyllids.So it's left as an exercise to the reader to create a meaning for this!
The Jub Jub Bird
The Jubjub bird is a monster from a famous poem by Lewis Carroll from "Through the looking glass". It's called JABBERWOCKY and goes like this:
Keep The Home Fires Burning
Drapes (from the blue_army) tells me, "Keep the Home-Fires Burning" was a popular song in World War I. The lyrics are by Lena Ford and the music by Ivor Novello.
Chris Wolfe tells me this title is the band's tribute to the comedian Bill Hicks who died in early 1994. Eds was quoted as saying, "I've got a lot of respect for him - he said a lot of things many people were to scared to say.".
Anyway, he was also an accomplished guitarist and formed a band under the name Marblehead Johnson. A number of other bands have paid tributes to him including Radiohead (the bends).
The film Raising Arizona staring Nicolas Cage features a furniture company called Unpainted Arizona. As we all know, Mark's a film obsessive so the reference is mostly likely taken from there!
The band won't tell anyone what this means, even asking people to stop asking what it means at gigs! However, suggestions so far are that it's just a play on the US state Utah or means "Up The Arse"!
There are a number of hidden lyrics in 'tones songs these include:
Slight Return, 1 min 47 seconds, Mark told Radio 1's The Evening Session that he says, "Make it funky now!" and he didn't think anyone would notice it! However, many people think it actually says, "In a f***in' hour!". I'll let you make up your own minds.
Castle Rock, 2 mins 34 seconds, Mark says, "Hello boys and girls!".
When the band were recording the second album they gave two tracks (Tone Blooze and Unpainted Arizona) the working title The Godfather I & II. They used these names when playing the tracks at V99 which is why some people know them by this name.