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Blind Mr. Jones

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  • Formed: Marlow, England
  • Years Active: 1990s


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Presumably taking their name from the first two songs on Talking Heads' Naked and jokingly referred to as the Jethro Tull of shoegazing for their frequent use of flute, Blind Mr. Jones formed in the early '90s in Marlow, England, quickly becoming regarded as a young band to keep an eye on. Guitarist James Franklin, guitarist/vocalist Richard Moore, flautist Jon Tegner, bassist/vocalist Will Teversham, and drummer Jon White comprised the band, starting out privately in their teens by aping bands like the Wedding Present. They eventually developed their sound to fit in line with shoegaze bands like Ride and Slowdive, and with a demo won the attention of the Cherry Red label, who eventually signed them.

1992's Stereo Musicale was preceded by the Eyes Wide and Crazy Jazz singles; the former featured guitar parts written by Slowdive's Neil Halstead and the latter featured harmonica from Radiohead's Johnny Greenwood. Two years later, their full-length debut was followed by Tatooine, which shed some of the band's earlier shoegazing tendencies. The band apparently dissolved shortly after its release.


Blind Mr. Jones were a British shoegazing band of the early 1990s, from Marlow, England.

The original lineup was Richard Moore (vocals, guitar), James Franklin (guitar), Will Teversham (vocals, bass guitar), and Jon White (drums). They signed to Cherry Red. The band's first EP, Eyes Wide, featured guitar parts written by Slowdive's Neil Halstead, while the Crazy Jazz EP featured harmonica from Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood. Flautist Jon Tegner was added after the first EP, giving the band a distinctive sound.

The band released two albums before splitting up in 1994.

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