THE CHARLATANS Released Ninth Album ‘SIMPATICO’ 15 Years Ago

18 April 2021

Band: THE CHARLATANS (West Midlands, UK)
Active since 1988 / 13 albums (so far)

Album: SIMPATICO
– 9th LP
Released: 17 April 2006 – 15 years ago

BBC Music wrote: “When you’ve been around as long as the Charlatans, you
have to keep trying new things or your sound can become tired. Simpatico, though,
is an experiment too far. A new direction was needed, but that direction should not
have been a musical journey round the Caribbean. It’s time to set sail for home
and go back to the drawing board.”

Turn Up The Volume: Expect for a couple of top singles,
the album was anything but top.

Singles: Blackened Blue Eyes / NYC (There’s No Need to Stop)

– BLACKENED BLUE EYES –

– NCY (THERE’S NO NEED TO STOP) –

Full LP…

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R.I.P. Jon Brookes and Rob Collins

THE CHARLATANS – Debut Album ‘SOME FRIENDLY’ Came Out 30 Years Ago

9 October 2020

Band: The Charlatans (UK)
Active: Since 1988
Album: Some Friendly – debut LP
Released: 8 October 1990 – 30 years ago

Frontman Tim Burgess wasn’t satisfied at all: “A few
tracks had to go on there, just to make up the numbers.”

Turn Up The Volume: “There’s only one track I know
that was/still is truly flabbergasting.”

Full album…

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R.I.P. Rob Collins and Jon Brookes

THE CHARLATANS – Fourth Self-Titled Album Is 25

28 August 2020

Band: The Charlatans (West-Midlands, UK)
Active: Since 1988
Album: The Charlatans – fourth LP

Released: 28 August 1995 – 25 year ago today
Score: #1 in the UK

AllMusic wrote: “The Charlatans demonstrated signs of a revival on ‘Up to Our Hips’,
yet that record in no way suggested the full-fledged return to form of The Charlatans, the group’s most ambitious, focused, and successful album. The group hasn’t changed its sonic approach, yet its music has deepened, incorporating heavy dance elements without losing its core sound. The Charlatans illustrates how a working rock & roll band can balance traditional rock and modern post-acid house music, and the results are frequently glorious.”
Score: 4/5

Singles: Just Crashin’ In / Just Lookin’ / Just When You’re Thinkin’ Things Over

– CRASHIN’ IN –

– JUST LOOKIN’ –

– JUST WHEN YOU’RE THINKIN’ THINGS OVER –

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R.I.P. Jon Brookes and Rob Collins

 

Brisk Stomper ‘OH! VANITY’ By THE CHARLATANS – Released In 2008…

19 February 2020

Band: The Charlatans
Single: Oh! Vanity
B-sides: ‘Complete Control’ (on the 7″) and ‘Complete Control’ /
‘The Only One I Know’ (live) and ‘Oh! Vanity’ (live at Manchester Ritz) on CD
Released: 25 February 2008 as a free digital download, but also on CD and 7″
Album: You Cross My Path – the band’s tenth LP

Here’s the swirling stomper…

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THE CHARLATANS – When Vanity Kept Them From Insanity 10 Years Ago…

Clips that have a lasting impact on Turn Up The Volume’s eyes and ears…

‘Oh! Vanity’ by THE CHARLATANS
Probably their catchiest moment ever.
That keyboard/organ sound is ace.

When I was a little child
What you’d call a runaway
Find me with a latch and key
Crawling in the dirt

There’s a problem just for me
I have a thousand worlds to see
Always one for running wild
And dressing up to be like You

Oh Vanity, oh vanity
Will keep me from insanity
This heart of mine would rather die
Than live a life of humanity

(Keyboard Solo)

And now I’m all grown up to be
A paranoid schizophenic
My friends are all like me and You
I cannot tell ’em what to do

There’s another world to see
Lie down with dogs and you’ll get fleas
When Paris gave her hand to me
It felt like an eternity

From their 2008 ‘YOU CROSS MY PATH‘ album – stream it here