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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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

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


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

that new song sounds like Sloan.

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

one 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 (eight 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 (eight years ago) Permalink

Is that a Durutti Column cover on disc 2?

brotherlovesdub, Monday, 6 September 2010 03:02 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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.

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

two 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Yes, that's Kevin Shields.

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


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 (seven 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 (seven years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

The weirdest Charlatans-related story you'll read this week:

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

one month passes...

Meanwhile R. Stevie Moore just posted this photo:

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

three weeks pass...

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

Turkey, Thursday, 26 April 2012 12:02 (six years 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 (six years ago) Permalink

one for the sticker

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


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

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

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 26 April 2012 16:24 (six years 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 (six years 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 (six years ago) Permalink

one 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 (six years ago) Permalink

on Sky's coverage on the IOW festival

Mark G, Saturday, 23 June 2012 17:32 (six years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 6 March 2013 16:54 (five years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Well this sucks. RIP Jon.

Kitchen Person, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 10:52 (five years ago) Permalink

Very sad.

they all are afflicted with a sickness of existence (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 11:20 (five years ago) Permalink

Totally sad.
Did an instore with them a week or so before the Philly gig where he collapsed - was a nice fella. Fine drummer too.

mr.raffles, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 12:38 (five years ago) Permalink

Yeah, a damn shame. He was just the drummer for the band, great player, a little flair, never steamrolled over the band but worked with everyone just so.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 14:18 (five years ago) Permalink

At first I was like "that's sad" and now it keeps nagging at me and I'm starting to get really down about his death. Gonna listen to some more Charlatans and work through it, I guess. Rest in piece.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 15:45 (five years ago) Permalink

urm, PEACE.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 15:46 (five years ago) Permalink

Yeah it's really sad, I've read a few things now from people that met him and said he was a great guy.

I decided to throw on a few of their albums today. Started with Between 10th and 11th and will go for the self titled next (probably my favourite) The first five albums are a great and totally underrated run of albums.

Kitchen Person, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 15:55 (five years ago) Permalink

Up to Our Hips and the s/t are my favorites, and Between 10th and 11th is up there as well, but I've never spent as much time with Some Friendly. I'm doing that now.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 15:57 (five years ago) Permalink

I find Some Friendly a bit more dated in places but still a really enjoyable album. It's all about Sonic and Sprosten Green at the end, two of my favourite songs of theirs.

Kitchen Person, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 16:03 (five years ago) Permalink

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