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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 (ten 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 (ten years ago) Permalink

Charlie Howard is OTM.

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

seven months pass...

Whoa

Download the new Charlatans album for free

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

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

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

But I absolutely love the first 2 albums.

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

"Then" is a full-on monster

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anHPUP7O6pc

"most shaggable band"

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

one month passes...

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

y/n?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwO6H9rTfMg

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

that new song sounds like Sloan.

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

one month passes...

http://cdn0.virgin.com/uploads/images/story/The-Charlatans-album-review-Who-We-Touch-8740-cropped.jpg

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 (seven 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 (seven years ago) Permalink

Is that a Durutti Column cover on disc 2?

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

five months pass...

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5053/5533599301_f3a62cf5b5_z.jpg

Yes, that's Kevin Shields.

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

eleven 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 (five years ago) Permalink


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