Slight Return

The Bluetones

About Slight Return

"Slight Return" is a song by English Indie rock band The Bluetones, released as the second single from their 1996 debut album Expecting to Fly. A re-release, it was originally issued as a double-A-side with "The Fountainhead" the previous year. It peaked at number two in the UK singles chart and was the band's highest-placing single. It was also included on the band's 2006 compilation A Rough Outline: The Singles & B-Sides 95 - 03.


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Where did you go
When things went wrong for you
When the knives came out for you?
Where did you go?

All you needed was a friend
You just have to ask and then

You don't have to have the solution
You've got to understand the problem
And don't go hoping for a miracle
All this will fade away
So I'm coming home

What did you learn
Locked away all on your own
Chance and your head all blown
What did you learn
It was unfortunate
You missed you chance to find out that

You don't have to have the solution
You've got to understand the problem
And don't go hoping for a miracle
All this will fade away
So I'm coming home

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The Bluetones

The Bluetones were an English indie rock band, formed in Hounslow, Greater London, in 1993. The band's members were Mark Morriss on vocals, Adam Devlin on guitar, Scott Morriss on bass guitar, and Eds Chesters on drums. A fifth member, Richard Payne, came on board between 1998 and 2002. The band was originally named "The Bottlegarden". more »

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Written by: ADAM PATRICK DEVLIN, EDWARD DANIEL CHESTER, MARK JAMES MORRISS, SCOTT EDWARD MORRISS

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10 facts about this song

Band Formation
"Slight Return" was performed by The Bluetones, a British indie rock band formed in Hounslow, Greater London, in 1993.
High Chart Positioning
"Slight Return" is The Bluetones' most successful song. It reached number 2 in the UK Singles Chart in February 1996.
Album Inclusion
The song is part of the band's debut studio album 'Expecting to Fly'. This album reached the top of the UK Albums Chart in February 1996.
Music Video
The music video for "Slight Return" is shot in black and white and includes cinematic references. It has a twist too, where a couple on a date turn out to be a mother and son - hinting at the song’s theme of longing for unreachable or inappropriate love.
Song Style
The song is described as a blend of Britpop and alternative rock, following a style popular during the mid-'90s in Britain.
Music Festivals
The Bluetones performed "Slight Return" at various music festivals, including the notable V Festival and T in the Park during the peak of their career.
Chart Re-Entry
Despite the initial release in 1995, the song had a re-entry in the UK Singles Chart in 2015, twenty years after its first release.
Retirement Performance
The song was performed by The Bluetones during their farewell tour in 2011, which they later come out of "retirement" in 2015.
Britpop Era
"Slight Return" is considered as one of the defining tracks of the Britpop era, alongside songs by bands like Oasis, Blur, and Pulp.
Radio play
Almost 25 years after its release, "Slight Return" continues to get airplay, particularly on stations like BBC Radio 2 and Absolute Radio.

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