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I think they were good through Up To Our Hips, then they went shit.

brotherlovesdub, Tuesday, 15 June 2010 19:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

But I absolutely love the first 2 albums.

brotherlovesdub, Tuesday, 15 June 2010 19:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

I consistently forget about the song "Weirdo", because I never got the second album.

Damn these skinny jeans' pockets. (HI DERE), Tuesday, 15 June 2010 19:36 (3 years ago) Permalink

"Then" is great too! I can do without two or three of the songs on it but o/w I like the album a lot.

I listened to the 2-disk Some Friendly recently, and the alt. tracks were nothing special. Also seems weird that there is a special edition of this album.

Euler, Tuesday, 15 June 2010 19:39 (3 years ago) Permalink

The second album is the only one I owned, and it's pretty colorless.

Filmmaker, Author, Radio Host Stephen Baldwin (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 15 June 2010 19:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

"Then" is a full-on monster

Damn these skinny jeans' pockets. (HI DERE), Tuesday, 15 June 2010 19:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

"most shaggable band"

brotherlovesdub, Wednesday, 16 June 2010 00:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

Really dug these guys a lot circa 97-01, and I would rep for all the albums up to Wonderland. I do think "Some Friendly" is underrated - I like it the most out of the first four records. "Tellin' Stories" is brilliant though. I once had "Rob's Theme" on loop for like a half-hour.

Michael F Gill, Wednesday, 16 June 2010 00:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

I'm by no means a huge fan of the band: love Some Friendly and Up To Our Hips. But you know, You Cross My Path is sneakily very very good. Easy to overlook, and doesn't break any new ground, but very solid.

dlp9001, Wednesday, 16 June 2010 00:55 (3 years ago) Permalink

Kind of wonder how the new one is? I never hear about them in the news, so have to remember to check websites...

dlp9001, Wednesday, 16 June 2010 00:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

Martin Blunt = incredibly underrated bass player. For all that's deservedly written about Rob Collins, it's Blunt and drummer Jon Brookes that I love most about the Charlatans.

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 16 June 2010 00:57 (3 years ago) Permalink

i like to love their first six albums including Tellin' Stories. their self titled and debut album both have excellent singles and the best album tracks "Feeling Holy," "White Shirt," "Toothache" and "Sproston Green."

Boo Radley (Bee OK), Wednesday, 16 June 2010 04:33 (3 years ago) Permalink

Not my favourite ever, but this band were always relegated to "second-tier drab Northern band" status by the British press when in fact they were a lot more exciting than this. I love "Weirdo" (especially that organ break), "Then", "The Only One I Know" and th Us & Us Only album which I really should dig out again soon.

village idiot (dog latin), Wednesday, 16 June 2010 08:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

this band were always relegated to "second-tier drab Northern band" status by the British press when in fact they were a lot more exciting than this.

nah, that's about right

ultra nate dogg (history mayne), Wednesday, 16 June 2010 08:54 (3 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

New single sounds really promising (to me, at least).

y/n?

Johnny Fever, Monday, 19 July 2010 17:54 (3 years ago) Permalink

That new single is great, the best they've done since A Man Needs to be Told.

I always think I don't like this band that much but I always end getting their latest albums somehow. You Cross My Path was a bit over the top with the New Order influence but had a few great moments especially Bird/Reprise. Wonderland was their last really good album, I never get bored of him singing in that ridiculous high voice.

Overall The Charlatans is my favourite album of theirs, they've never come close to topping Crashin' in.

Kitchen Person, Tuesday, 20 July 2010 04:42 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I love the s/t one as well. It's probably a tie between that and Up to Our Hips for me.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 20 July 2010 05:20 (3 years ago) Permalink

that new song sounds like Sloan.

chromecassettes, Tuesday, 20 July 2010 11:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

From Amazon:
With a career that has already spanned two decades, The Charlatans - Martin Blunt (bass), Jon Brookes (drums), Tim Burgess (vocals), Mark Collins (guitar) and Tony Rogers (keyboards) - release their new album Who We Touch, on September 6th 2010. Their eleventh studio album, Who We Touch was produced by Youth (Paul McCartney, Primal Scream and The Verve) and was recorded at Britannia Row in London, on the desk that New Order's 'Blue Monday' was recorded on. Featuring eleven tracks, the album must surely rank as their boldest to date radically broadening, in places, their aesthetic remit. It is, says Burgess, "a soulful voyage", a journey through moods uplifting and profound, dark and delirious, ultimately concluding in blissful optimism. Its sound is inspired by many heroes, yet always sounds like no-one other than The Charlatans themselves. Opener, 'Love Is Ending', is the first single to be taken from the album, released on August 2nd. 'Oh!' is a beautiful song of reconciliation, as complex as its shifting time signatures (one section is in 3/4 waltz time), and then 'You Can Swim', an exquisite ooze of ambience, reminiscent of 'Another Green World'-era Eno, with whose creative ideas the album began. Lurking at the end of the album is hidden track 'I Sing The Body Eclectic' featuring Crass's Penny Rimbauld on vocals. Gee Vaucher who did the iconic artwork for all of Crass's releases, also provides Who We Touch with it's eerie collaged cover image.

Disc: 1
1. Love is Ending
2. My Foolish Pride
3. You're Pure Soul
4. Smash The System
5. Intimacy
6. Sincerity
7. Trust In Desire
8. When I Wonder
9. Oh
10. You Can Swim
11. On The Threshold (Hidden Track)
12. Sing The Body Electric (Hidden Track)

Disc: 2
1. Love Is Ending (Early Version)
2. Intimacy (Early Version)
3. Smash The System (Early Version)
4. These Things (Studio Out-take)
5. Your Pure Soul (Early Version)
6. Sincerity (Early Instrumental Version)
7. Trust In Desire (Alternate Take)
8. My Foolish Pride (Early Version)
9. Lips That Would Kiss (Early Version)
10. Who We Touch Don't Mind (Early Version)
11. Don't Know Where Or When (Studio Out-take)
12. Intimacy (Alternate Mix)
13. Throbbing Genesis (Studio Out-take)

Bee OK, Monday, 6 September 2010 00:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

this is actually going to come out in America one week later. it will be released on September 14, 2010 on The End Records, both the single and two disc set.

Bee OK, Monday, 6 September 2010 00:31 (3 years ago) Permalink

Is that a Durutti Column cover on disc 2?

brotherlovesdub, Monday, 6 September 2010 03:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

Guessing the desk "Blue Monday" was recorded on is probably well-drained of hit-making nectar.

cee-oh-tee-tee, Monday, 6 September 2010 11:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

Listening to this now. Unexpectedly great... "Love Is Ending" could be a Prisoners/Thee Milkshakes track.

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 9 September 2010 06:09 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yeah I just finished playing this, first impressions are this might be their best album in a very long time. I'm just addicted to Love is Ending but there isn't really a bad track.

Kitchen Person, Thursday, 9 September 2010 12:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

I love the Crass connections going on -- I remember Burgess talking about being a fan of theirs back in interviews from 1990/91 so talk about flying the flag still!

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 9 September 2010 12:42 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I love the s/t one as well. It's probably a tie between that and Up to Our Hips for me.

― Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 20 July 2010 05:20 (1 month ago) Bookmark

Yeah

sawan, Friday, 10 September 2010 00:54 (3 years ago) Permalink

It's been bugging me over the last 24 hours what the second track My Foolish Pride reminds me of and it just hit me, the verse where he sings "I wander streets belonging but to no one" sounds exactly like the verse of Open your heart by The Human League. Anyone else noticed this?

I have been playing this a lot and I can't help but think it might be their best album since the self titled one. I really didn't have much interest in this album until Johnny Fever put up the new single earlier in the thread but I'm so glad I bought it, great production, songs and Tim's voice has never sounded better.

Kitchen Person, Friday, 10 September 2010 13:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

Pete Salisbury fills in

The Verve drummer Pete Salisbury has joined The Charlatans as a temporary replacement for brain tumour victim Jon Brookes.

Brookes collapsed onstage during the band's Philadelphia gig earlier this month (September 15), and has now flown back to the UK to receive further treatment for a brain tumour.

Speaking to NME, frontman Tim Burgess said Brookes's ordeal had been "a lot to take in" for the band.

"We were having the best American tour we've done for a long, long time and it was going so well and then this happened," he explained.

The band play their first show with Salisbury to launch Oxfam's Oxjam festival on Monday (September 27) at a charity shop in London. He will also perform with them on their forthcoming UK tour.

Fsck Washing Ong's Hat (Elvis Telecom), Friday, 24 September 2010 17:55 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yeesh, sad news (but good guy to have fill in). Wanted to go to the Tuesday night show down here but a cold has tripped me up this week.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 24 September 2010 18:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

i almost went Tuesday night as well. the problem was i only found out about it on Tuesday and wasn't able to get everything organized and ready to go in time.

i do hope to see these guys soon as i have had fun at their gigs.

Bee OK, Saturday, 25 September 2010 01:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yah, I was going to go to the Wednesday show at the El Rey. Hope they can reschedule the west coast dates eventually

Stockhausen's Helicopter Quartet (Elvis Telecom), Saturday, 25 September 2010 01:32 (3 years ago) Permalink

5 months pass...

Yes, that's Kevin Shields.

James Mitchell, Thursday, 17 March 2011 08:39 (3 years ago) Permalink

Cool.

That's Tim on the mic, right? My eyes are telling me that doesn't look a bit like him.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 17 March 2011 11:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yes, his hair was long and tied back. He came out on stage wearing sunglasses and looked disturbingly like late-stage Michael Jackson until he took them off.

James Mitchell, Thursday, 17 March 2011 11:53 (3 years ago) Permalink

11 months pass...

The weirdest Charlatans-related story you'll read this week: http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/kellogg-creates-totes-amazeballs-cereal-response-single-tweet-138447

A Full Torgo Apparition (Phil D.), Wednesday, 22 February 2012 23:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Meanwhile R. Stevie Moore just posted this photo:

Ned Raggett, Monday, 2 April 2012 14:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

I listened to Up To Our Hips for the first time in at least ten years the other day.

Trip Maker, Monday, 2 April 2012 14:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

Algerian Goalkeeper, Thursday, 26 April 2012 11:53 (1 year ago) Permalink

I'm definitely not digging David Cross's new wig.

Turkey, Thursday, 26 April 2012 12:02 (1 year ago) Permalink

Anyone hear Tim Burgess's version of Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)? He hits the notes pretty well IMO.

Scary Move 4 (dog latin), Thursday, 26 April 2012 15:53 (1 year ago) Permalink

one for the sticker

seapunk run. run punk run! (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 26 April 2012 16:08 (1 year ago) Permalink

hah

Scary Move 4 (dog latin), Thursday, 26 April 2012 16:14 (1 year ago) Permalink

"one for the sticker" remains one of my favorite snarks of all-time, I don't think there's a context where it isn't hilarious

I'M THAT POSTA, AAAAAAAAAH (DJP), Thursday, 26 April 2012 16:17 (1 year ago) Permalink

so, at last we begin to learn about the long-term effects of ecstasy

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 26 April 2012 16:24 (1 year ago) Permalink

wait, is that last picture actually not David Cross in a wig? i swear i've only just realised

seapunk run. run punk run! (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 26 April 2012 16:26 (1 year ago) Permalink

yeah the David Cross thing is kind of uncanny

heavy is the head that eats the crayons (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 26 April 2012 16:33 (1 year ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

odd, acoustic versions of North Country Boy and The only one I know

but with new tunes

Mark G, Saturday, 23 June 2012 17:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

on Sky's coverage on the IOW festival

Mark G, Saturday, 23 June 2012 17:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

8 months pass...

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 6 March 2013 16:54 (1 year ago) Permalink

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