Album Review: The Charlatans - Who We Touch

The Charlatans - Who We Touch

Twenty years since their debut album ‘ Some Friendly ’ catapulted the Northwich upstarts right to the top of the UK charts, The Charlatans have cemented their status as the most durable of their Madchester-era peers. Buoyed by a surge of...

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Charlatans  : We Gotta Have Peace

Charlatans : We Gotta Have Peace

One feels like an insufferable churl laying into anything connected to the Warchild organisation, but special exception must be made here for Tim Burgess’ agonised falsetto, which sounds like he’s singing while pumped full of helium, with a...

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Charlatans  : Manchester University

Charlatans : Manchester University

The last time NME saw The Charlatans live was at Glastonbury. On that night they were anointed 'Band Of The People' by a crowd of 20,000. Tonight they're playing a homecoming gig in front of just a fraction of that number. Indeed, the vast...

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Charlatans   :  Live It Like You Love It

Charlatans : Live It Like You Love It

It's tempting to imagine The Charlatans walking into the Manchester Evening News Arena on December 14, 2001 and shouting "This is a fine old place! Let's do the show right here!" After all, if there was any more of the showbiz trouper about...

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Charlatans  : Songs From The Other Side

Charlatans : Songs From The Other Side

There's a bit in 'Raiders Of The Lost Ark', where one of the villains ponders the nature of archaeology. You take something that's empirically worthless, he says, like a ten dollar watch, bury it for 2,000 years, and then when someone digs it...

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Charlatans  : You're So Pretty, We're So Pretty

Charlatans : You're So Pretty, We're So Pretty

Out with the old organ, then. Times are a-changing in The Charlatans camp, as the plucky Northerners cast off the influence of the great lyricist and visionary Jamiroquai in order to more easily take on the influence of a new great lyricist...

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Charlatans /The Cooper Temple Clause/Minuteman/Moco  :  London Astoria

Charlatans /The Cooper Temple...

It's 7.10pm and the Astoria - where the NME has set up home for the last week - is already rocking. That's because northerners Moco have made the venue their own for half-an-hour. A bunch of their MC5-style manifestos/fanzines have been scattered...

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Charlatans /Starsailor : Detroit St. Andrew's Hall

Charlatans /Starsailor : Detroit St. Andrew's Hall

Midweek nights are usually pretty quiet in Detroit, but not so tonight. Inside the St Andrew's Hall the crowd is packed so densely that one can only wish for a breath of the cool winter air from outside. Starsailor execute their first Detroit...

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Charlatans  : A Man Needs To Be Told

Charlatans : A Man Needs To Be Told

Los Angeles has a way of changing a man. First, Tim Burgess picks up this natty falsetto and then, just you wait, this time next year, he'll be trussed up in a pair of tight leather pantaloons and dating Playboy bunnies. And by 2005, he'll be...

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Charlatans  : Leeds University Union

Charlatans : Leeds University Union

With his hands in the air and a velvet cap set crooked on his head, Tim Burgess looks every inch the returning hero. Remarkably, the years have barely affected his eternally cherubic features, the time in his new home town of LA not dinted...

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