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Album Review

Even on this compilation of stray tracks (truncated from the double-LP version on the British Fire Records label), it's easy to hear what fans and rock critics have been raving about with regard to the Blue Aeroplanes. With their guitar-dominated pop tunes and the half-spoken, extensively enjambed lyrics of Gerard Langley, they are solidly in the tradition of electric-Bob Dylan/Velvet Underground and all that came after, serious rock with all the pretensions. In a sense, this under-produced, inconsistent collection of minor tracks is a good place to start with them, the place where they are heard in their most idiosyncratic glory, borrowing riffs from the Who, doing a letter-perfect cover of Greenwich Village folk-rocker Willie Nile's "Old Men Sleeping on the Bowery," and succeeding (when they do) more on nerve than deliberation.


Formed: 1983 in Bristol, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

The Blue Aeroplanes are an art rock group from Bristol, England, that has drawn comparisons to critically acclaimed rock bands like the Velvet Underground because of their eclectic style and the songwriting sensibility of group leader Gerard Langley. The original core of the band included Langley's brother John on drums, Nick Jacobs on guitar, and multi-instrumentalist Dave Chapman. However, personnel other than Langley has varied, and (on both records and in performances) they have always been augmented...
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