The Charlatans

The Charlatans

Long-standing UK indie rock band, founded in 1989 in the West Midlands by bassist Martin Blunt.
Marketed in North America as The Charlatans UK due to copyright issues with the '60s San Francisco psych rock group with the same name.

The Charlatans Discography


846 952-2 The Charlatans UK* Some Friendly (Album, Comp) Situation Two 846 952-2 Canada 1990 Sell This Version
CB2 The Charlatans Isolation 21.2.91 PolyGram Group Canada Inc. CB2 UK 1991 Sell This Version
80.2562, VCD-503 The Charlatans Between 10th And 11th (Album) Situation Two 80.2562, VCD-503 Spain 1992 Sell This Version
76974 2013 2 The Charlatans UK* Up To Our Hips (Album) Beggars Banquet 76974 2013 2 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
BBQCD 174 The Charlatans The Charlatans (Album) Beggars Banquet BBQCD 174 Sweden 1995 Sell This Version
UMDJ 80359 The Charlatans Tellin' Stories (Album) Beggars Banquet UMDJ 80359 Canada 1996 Sell This Version
STARCD 6523 The Charlatans Us And Us Only (Album) Universal STARCD 6523 South Africa 1999 Sell This Version
1702CH The Charlatans Wonderland (Album) Universal, Universal 1702CH UK 2001 Sell This Version
MCD 60080, 064 169-2 The Charlatans Live It Like You Love It (Album) Universal Records, Universal Records MCD 60080, 064 169-2 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
MCD 60093, 986 642-2 The Charlatans Up At The Lake (Album) Universal, Universal, Island Records Group MCD 60093, 986 642-2 UK 2004 Sell This Version
SANCD-358 The Charlatans Simpatico. (Album) Sanctuary Records SANCD-358 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
COOK 462 The Charlatans You Cross My Path (Album) Cooking Vinyl COOK 462 UK & Europe 2008 Sell This Version
COOKCD527P The Charlatans Who We Touch (Album) Cooking Vinyl COOKCD527P UK 2010 Sell This Version
none The Charlatans 20th Anniversary Some Friendly Concerts / 31.5.2010 London The Roundhouse (Album) Concert Live none UK 2010 Sell This Version
none The Charlatans Who We Touch Tour 2010 / 22.10.2010 O2 Academy Brixton (Album) Concert Live none UK 2010 Sell This Version
none The Charlatans 20th Anniversary Some Friendly Concerts / 14.5.2010 Glasgow Barrowlands (Album) Concert Live none UK 2010 Sell This Version
none The Charlatans 20th Anniversary Some Friendly Concerts / 15.5.2010 Blackpool Empress Ballroom(3xCDr, Album, Ltd) Concert Live none UK 2010 Sell This Version
none The Charlatans Who We Touch Tour 2010 - 16.10.2010 O2 Apollo Manchester(3xCDr, Album, Ltd) Concert Live none UK 2010 Sell This Version
CLCD428 The Charlatans Tellin' Stories Live: HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London 8th June 2012 (Album) Concert Live CLCD428 UK 2012 Sell This Version
none The Charlatans Modern Nature (Album) BMG none 2014 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

SIT 70 T The Charlatans The Only One I Know (Single, Maxi, EP) Situation Two SIT 70 T Australasia 1990 Sell This Version
GOOD ONE 12 The Charlatans Indian Rope (Single) Dead Dead Good GOOD ONE 12 UK 1989 Sell This Version
SIT 74 The Charlatans Then (Single, Maxi) Situation Two, Dead Dead Good SIT 74 UK 1990 Sell This Version
VIC-381 The Charlatans You're Not Very Well(7", Single, Promo) Victoria VIC-381 Spain 1990 Sell This Version
35 013 The Charlatans Sproston Green (Maxi, Single) Virgin, Dead Dead Good, Situation Two 35 013 France 1991 Sell This Version


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July 8, 2011
For many years, the Charlatans UK were perceived as the also-rans of Madchester, the group that didn't capture the Zeitgeist like the Stone Roses or the band that failed to match the mad genre-bending of the Happy Mondays. Of course, they were more traditional than either of their peers. Working from a Stonesy foundation, the Charlatans added dance-oriented rhythms and layers of swirling organs straight out of '60s psychedelia. At first, the Charlatans had great promise, and their initial singles -- including "The Only One I Know" -- were hits, but as Madchester and "baggy" faded away, the group began to look like a relic. It was commonly assumed that their third album, 1994's Up to Our Hips, was the end of the line. However, the Charlatans made a remarkable comeback in 1995 with their eponymous fourth album, which found them embracing not only the flourishing Brit-pop movement, but also underground dance and techno, as well as their mainstay of classic rock. The Charlatans debuted at number one, and the group was hailed as survivors. Unfortunately, few knew how literal that term was -- as the band was recording its follow-up album in 1996, organist Rob Collins, who had defined the band's sound, died in a car crash. The Charlatans decided to continue as a quartet, and their subsequent album, Tellin' Stories, debuted at number one upon its 1997 release, suggesting that they had become one of the great British journeyman bands of the '90s.
At the time of their formation in 1989, it appeared that the Charlatans were all about transience. Inspired by the emergence of the Stone Roses, Rob Collins (keyboards), Jon Baker (guitar), Martin Blunt (bass), and Jon Brookes (drums) formed the Charlatans, rehearsing with a variety of vocalists before Tim Burgess joined as their singer. The group attempted to land a record contract with no success, so they formed Dead Dead Good Records and released their debut 12" single, "Indian Rope," in January 1990. Collins' dynamic, sweeping Hammond organ distinguished the group from their Madchester peers, and the single became a number one hit on the indie charts. By the spring, they signed with Beggars Banquet, releasing "The Only One I Know" a few months later. Borrowing heavily from the Stones, jangle pop, and funk, "The Only One I Know" became a monster hit, climbing into the pop Top Ten and becoming the group's signature single. Following another hit single, "Then," the band's debut album, Some Friendly, was released in the fall, debuting at number one.

It was a remarkable beginning to their career, so perhaps it was inevitable that bad luck hit early in 1991. As they launched their first American tour, the Charlatans were forced to add "U.K." to their name since a San Franciscan garage rock band from the '60s already had claims on the name. The group returned to Britain, where they played a concert at the Royal Albert Hall. Following the gig, Baker announced he was leaving the group. He was replaced by Mark Collins (no relation), yet the group was sidetracked further by Blunt's bout with severe depression. By the time the group finally released their second album, Between 10th & 11th, Madchester had become passé, and the album was ignored by the public and earned mixed reviews.

Despite their declining popularity, the Charlatans soldiered on, yet hit their biggest setback to date in late 1992, when Rob Collins was arrested as an accessory to armed robbery. The situation had been entirely accidental -- Collins had been drinking with an old friend and wound up following him into a liquor store -- but he was sentenced to eight months imprisonment. Before he went into jail, he laid down the tracks for the band's third album, which was released in early 1994, once he had left prison. Up to Our Hips received stronger reviews than its predecessor, and its single, "Can't Get Out of Bed," was a bigger hit than anything on Between 10th & 11th. It was the beginning of a comeback that culminated the summer of 1995.

Prior to the release of the group's eponymous third album, Tim Burgess sang on the Chemical Brothers' "Life Is Sweet," which re-established his hip indie credentials and gave him, and the Charlatans, credibility in electronica circles. Appropriately, The Charlatans demonstrated a deeper dance sensibility, as well as more concise tunes, and it unexpectedly entered the British charts at number one. Following the release of the album, the Charlatans re-entered the front rank of British rock bands and were at the peak of their popularity, as well as critical acclaim. The group was still unable to crack the American market -- initially, they were barred from touring the country due to Collins' arrest -- yet they remained popular throughout Europe and Asia.

As the group was recording its follow-up to The Charlatans, Collins was killed in a drunk driving accident as he headed to the studio. Although Collins was pivotal to the band's signature sound, they carried on without him, completing their fifth album, Tellin' Stories, with the assistance of Primal Scream's keyboardist, Martin Duffy. Tellin' Stories was released in the U.K. in the spring of 1997 to generally strong reviews, and it entered the charts at number one. Us and Us Only followed in 1999.

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