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.