The Charlatans - the band that renewed my faith in the 90s.

The Charlatans – In Concert 1990 – Nights At The Roundtable: Mini-Concert Edition

The Charlatans - the band that renewed my faith in the 90s.

The Charlatans – the band that renewed my faith in the 90s.

Click on the link here for Audio Player – The Charlatans in concert – 1990 – BBC 6 Music

Tonight it’s one of the bands that renewed my faith in music. The Charlatans (or Charlatans UK, if you were getting the U.S. releases), were a cornerstone of that movement which became known as  Madchester – that cross between Psychedelia, Shoegaze, and Alternative, all emanating from Manchester in the UK. They were a breath of fresh air, turning a music scene that was growing complacent and over-produced to one that had life pulsing through its veins. And a flood of other bands followed.

The early 90s were a wildly interesting time – on that side of the Atlantic you had a whole scene exploding and on this side of the Atlantic we were discovering a new Mecca for music on the West Coast – not San Francisco, but Seattle.

Together they made for a feast of music that still sounds fresh today, over twenty years later.

For this installment of the Roundtable, it’s a concert by The Charlatans from 1990, recorded by the venerable BBC.

Play very loud.

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