Click on the link here for Audio Player – The Charlatans – Live at Birmingham Academy – 2001 – BBC 6 Music
Perennial favorites The Charlatans tonight, recorded in concert at the Birmingham Academy in 2001 by the venerable BBC 6 Music. When I first heard them in 1990, around the time their debut album Some Friendly was issued, I took an instant liking to them. They reminded me of certain aspects of 60s Psychedelia, but they weren’t a knock-off band. They were fresh and they had a distinct point of view and they represented something new and interesting on the horizon – and frankly, it was badly needed.
So they arrived at the right place at the right time.
This concert, from 2001 runs the gamut from early milestone songs to later ones. It’s a must-listen for anyone who hasn’t become familiar with just how influential the Charlatans were and how, even after some 20 years, they continue to sound fresh and vital. And that’s a good sign for any band.
Sit band and crank this one up. Get read for Hump-Day. It’ll be here before you know it.