Song: Yr Own World
Artist: The Blue Aeroplanes
Genre: Alternative/art rock
Raise your hand if you remember this song. Yep, that's what I thought. Let me fill you in on this little gem...
The Blue Aeroplanes are an art rock band that formed in Bristol, England in 1981. Due to frontman and principal songwriter Gerard Langley's half-spoken, half-sung poetic lyrics, The Blue Aeroplanes have drawn comparisons to the Velvet Underground.
The band released four albums, Bop Art (1984), Tolerance (1986), Spitting Out Miracles (1987) and FriendLoverPlane (1988), before signing with a major label, Chrysalis/Ensign, joining its cool stable of artists: The Waterboys, Sinead O'Connor and World Party.
1989 was a tremendous year for The Blue Aeroplanes; they released their most critically acclaimed record Swagger, which was produced by the highly-touted Gil Norton fresh from his recent production of The Pixies' Doolittle, and opened for the Darling Buds and R.E.M. on their respective tours.
Beatsongs (1991), the group's follow-up, more than lived up to expectations. On the strength of a handful of outstanding tunes - "Yr Own World," "Fun," "My Hurricane" and a cover of Paul Simon's "The Boy in the Bubble" - Beatsongs was their highest charting album, reaching #33 on the U.K. album charts.
But then the bottom fell out.
Legal trouble, lineup changes and a move to a new label, Beggars Banquet, prolonged the band's next release, 1994's Life Model. A three year absence is like three hundred years in music business years.
The band released a few more albums and there were a hundred more lineup changes (they change guitarists as often as one changes his underwear) before Gerard Langley decided he had had enough and took a break for several years.
More than twenty years after the release of Beatsongs, The Blue Aeroplanes released an album last year, Anti-Gravity, and are performing once again, bringing their vibrant live show, which includes a dancer, to small indie venues or major international tours in support of larger acts.