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I think the first album is all about the interplay between the organ and the rhythm section; neither one works without the other.

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Friday, 7 November 2003 19:24 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

**the Charlatans are nothing like that Dr C, you're thinking of Travis or Athlete perhaps**

No, I'm thinking of the Charlatans.

I think it is a context thing, Dan, but not an ubiquity thing. Certainly a very useless thing.I mean they're not vile like Primal Scream, they're just not....anything. A bit baggy, a bit Roses-y THEN whooo! Timmy discovers Blonde on Blonde and Sticky Fingers and we get a youth club version of The fucking Rolling Stones fronted by Booby Zimmertwat. I mean did we ever need them? Why aren't people more fucking critical? They didn't even come from Manchester properly. Hell - even the Inspiral Carpets were better.

Dr. C (Dr. C), Friday, 7 November 2003 20:41 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I cannot fathom the vitriol you're levelling at _Some Friendly_ (that being the album I really know). I'm not a huge fan of the stuff I've heard after they stopped being baggy, but for at least one album I think they were amazing, certainly more consistent than PS, SR or HM.

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Friday, 7 November 2003 21:25 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I'm (maybe overly) harsh on bands that meekly follow the market and I(maybe over-)aggressively champion bands like HM who are different, unpredictable and awkward.

It's my way of weeding out the wheat from the chaff. The 'classic or dud' conundrum is how I have always viewed music. Snap decisions, good or bad, in or out. I don't want 'average'. I'll come down harder on 'average' than 'crap'. It's just my way - it's of no importance what I think anyway.

Dr. C (Dr. C), Saturday, 8 November 2003 13:36 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

so to you conventional, accessible pop rock with slight nods to indie, dance music and occasionally second-hand soul/blues is either a) average by definition i.e. too much of a diluted process or b) done much better by other bands than tha Charlatans (but who?)

stevem (blueski), Saturday, 8 November 2003 15:44 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I'm not much interested in any kind of conventional, accessible pop-rock whatever it nods to, but I'm talking about the Charlatans here, not a general *thing*.

Dr. C (Dr. C), Sunday, 9 November 2003 20:22 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I had a friend in high school who liked the charlatans more than stone roses & happy mondays and I found it bizarre then and find it bizarre now. now it just seems odd that they are or were even mentioned in the same breath or that they actually got more press stateside at the time.

cinniblount (James Blount), Sunday, 9 November 2003 20:38 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

five months pass...
I'm downloading their new album, and so far all I can say is that "High Up Your Tree" is the most gorgeous song they've ever written.

turkey (turkey), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 02:03 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i agree with above 'then' is the best thing ever. i used to like them more when i thought 'the only one i know' was the stone roses. 'can't even be bothered' is probably better than that new song too. after the seocnd album they became the worst thing ever.

keith m (keithmcl), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 03:09 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Dr C is OTM throughout this thread. I quite like the eponymous album, or a couple of tracks off it at least, plus "Sproston Green", but apart from that they're shite.

Sick Nouthall (Nick Southall), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 08:15 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

stevem otm

stevem (blueski), Wednesday, 5 May 2004 02:40 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I dislike them for personal reasons.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Wednesday, 5 May 2004 03:59 (fourteen years ago) Permalink


Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 5 May 2004 04:11 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

dude probably sees Burgess all the time at his local shop, stinkin' up the place

stevem (blueski), Wednesday, 5 May 2004 09:09 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

three months pass...
I'm listening to the eponymous album right now and wondering why I played it a couple of times in 1995 when I bought it then quietly forgot about it. There are a few duff tracks at the beginning, but "Bullet Comes" and "Here Comes A Soul Saver" are terrific.

MarkH (MarkH), Sunday, 29 August 2004 11:43 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

six months pass...
Dan and I will defend the first album forever, I know. And "Sproston Green," once again. The live versions I've heard have always been better; pretty much that track will always justify their existence.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 17 March 2005 00:03 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Although I do wonder at the personal reasons Spencer cites, though I suspect Stevem is onto something.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 17 March 2005 00:05 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

I was at an upscale bar tonight that I didn't willfully choose to be in with some people I wasn't particularly interested in knowing and I managed to identify after a long period of thought that the song I heard played over the PA in there was one of their absolutely classic b-sides "Occupation H. Monster". Unbelievable. Thank goodness it was finally released on CD years later in the US otherwise...

Bimble, Friday, 13 July 2007 05:59 (eleven years ago) Permalink

theme from the wish!

f. hazel, Friday, 13 July 2007 08:41 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I did hear "Weirdo" a couple of weeks ago and felt inexplicably happy.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Friday, 13 July 2007 14:46 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Up To Our Hips sounds awfully fresh lately. I think I underrated it upthread.

dlp9001, Friday, 13 July 2007 15:18 (eleven years ago) Permalink

'flower' is a terrific song

Charlie Howard, Friday, 13 July 2007 18:52 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Do you know why I don't have the Some Friendly album anymore? BECAUSE I AM A DUMBASS, that's why!

Bimble, Saturday, 14 July 2007 05:34 (eleven years ago) Permalink

No! I'm wrong! I just found it in my CD stacks!!!!! WOOOHOO! POLAR BEAR IS FIRST!!

Bimble, Saturday, 14 July 2007 05:35 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Charlie Howard is OTM.

HI DERE, Saturday, 14 July 2007 13:07 (eleven years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...


Download the new Charlatans album for free

Davey D, Monday, 3 March 2008 19:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yikes, four songs in and feeling like this is gonna be worse than Simpatico.

Davey D, Monday, 3 March 2008 19:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

Ned you promised to change Norwich to Northwich 5 years ago. sorry to nag and all that :-)

Thomas, Monday, 3 March 2008 20:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

It's a shame the Charlatans haven't produced a truly great album - or at least one that is worthy of the accolade and reissue treatment that some of their 90s contemporaries have received.

But as others have said, they were more than just a good singles band. Most of their albums are patchy but have more good tunes on them than just the single releases.

Can't imagine there's much inspiration left in them now...but always good fun live

Toucan3000, Monday, 3 March 2008 21:40 (ten years ago) Permalink

This album isn't bad at all, though it doesn't much sound like any particular band (i.e. it's a little bit genericly "English" sounding). Was worth the download, and includes a couple of semi-memorable tracks.

dlp9001, Tuesday, 4 March 2008 20:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

I came to the realization a couple albums ago that The Charlatans haven't been any good at all since Rob Collins died. I don't know if that's a causal link, but it definitely makes sense.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 4 March 2008 20:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

I don't think anyone is going to agree, but I find myself playing "You Cross My Path" with surprising frequency. It's not great or anything, but is pretty solid all the way through and makes for a good default play when I'm sick of all my usual favorites. Faint praise maybe, but the play count is mounting. Possibly the closest to classic rock (in terms of consistency, etc.) that I've been able to find of late. Definitely a lot of New Order in the genes.

dlp9001, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 18:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

So I'm utterly burned out on the whole "play your album complete" schtick, but I'd would like really like to see this one.

The Charlatans have announced they will play their debut album Some Friendly in its entirety later this year.

The band will perform at The Roundhouse on May 31 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the LP's release.

Tickets will be available from February 5.

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 3 February 2010 01:05 (eight years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

man I love Some Friendly a lot

Damn these skinny jeans' pockets. (HI DERE), Tuesday, 15 June 2010 18:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

Like, there are some obviously awesome songs here (the singles, "Sproston Green"), and then there are tracks like "Opportunity" and "Flower" that just sneak up on me with awesomeness every time I come back to them.

Damn these skinny jeans' pockets. (HI DERE), Tuesday, 15 June 2010 18:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

Most of the time you are happy – you're a weirdo.

Filmmaker, Author, Radio Host Stephen Baldwin (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 15 June 2010 18:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

Like the earliest two, LOVE the middle three, HATE everything that came after those.

I came to the realization a couple albums ago that The Charlatans haven't been any good at all since Rob Collins died. I don't know if that's a causal link, but it definitely makes sense.

― Johnny Fever, Tuesday, March 4, 2008 3:16 PM (2 years ago)

I still stand by this.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 15 June 2010 19:05 (eight years ago) Permalink

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

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

But I absolutely love the first 2 albums.

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

"Then" is a full-on monster

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

"most shaggable band"

brotherlovesdub, Wednesday, 16 June 2010 00:12 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (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

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