Ahead of World Book Day (March 3), The Charlatans have shared these brilliant images of their albums reimagined as book covers.
Some Friendly, 1990
The Charlatans’ debut was produced when the band had been together for less than a year, but still featured Top 20 hits in ‘The Only One I Know’ and ‘Then’. Here it gets an unexpectedly bucolic cover, modelled on Abbie Farwell Brown’s ‘The Book Of Saints And Friendly Beasts’.
Between 10th and 11th, 1992
Paying tribute to Science Fiction Stories, a 50s mag, this cover is a far cry from the original’s bananas. Note the tracks listed as short story authors.
Up To Our Hips!, 1994
This cover for the band’s third effort sees them heading on an adventure, inspired by 60s comic magazine ‘Commando For Action and Adventure’ – not standing in gloom.
The Charlatans, 1995
Next up, for the band’s self-titled fourth it’s off to a lasso-cracking western, inspired by Spur, a collection of short stories. This album was their first to hit Number One on the UK albums chart since their debut.
Tellin’ Stories, 1997
Another Number One on the UK Albums Chart, ‘Tellin’ Stories’ included work by founding member Rob Collins, who tragically died in a car accident while the album was being recorded. Their fifth album, it gets a classic Penguin cover.
Us And Us Only, 1999
The band’s first for Universal Records sounded big, and here gets a fittingly OTT Mills & Boon cover, Master Of The House.
NME described this record as having “a sunny new atmosphere” on its release in 2001 – The Charlatans’ second and last for Universal before they hopped over to Island. This cover references The Animals’ Vacation, a children’s book by Shel Haber.
Up At The Lake, 2004
The wonder-filled warmth of this eighth album makes its educational, Ladybird-inspired cover – taken from a reading book called ‘Our Friends’ – appropriately wide-eyed.
How best to visualise this album, their only one for Sanctuary Records? With a VW Scirocco manual, apparently.
You Cross My Path, 2008
It’s back to sci-fi with this nod to master sci-fi author Isaac Asimov (‘I Robot’, ‘The Bicentennial Man’).
Who We Touch, 2010
Back to the pulp with this Dime Mystery Magazine cover for album 11.
Modern Nature, 2015
The band took a five-year break before coming back with 12th album ‘Modern Nature’. We’re back to the Ladybird covers here with an appropriately ornithological twist.