. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – The Charlatans – Live At King George’s Hall, Blackburn – 1990 – BBC Radio 1
If you’ve been visiting this website for the past few years, you’ll know by now The Charlatans are one of my favorite bands. I’ve said it a million times, but they were the ones who restored my faith in music in 1990, and gave me renewed faith and hope that there was a lot of great music on the horizon. And I don’t say this as just a fan of their albums – I arrived at this enthusiastic assessment after seeing them in concert on their first U.S. tour, playing to a packed house at the Hollywood Palladium. They reminded me of everything I enjoyed and was passionate about in music. They were the breath of fresh air, and I never forgot it. They also became the band I measured everybody else who came after them against – the 90s were a great decade, but it was The Charlatans who kicked it off for me.
Fortunately, The Charlatans are still together; albeit with some personnel changes, but still with Tim Burgess fronting the band and just as fresh and vibrant as ever.
Tonight though, it’s The Charlatans during their early phase; together just one year and playing a gig at King George’s Hall in Blackburn in 1990. Captured and thankfully preserved by The BBC.
Here’s a reminder of the band during those pivotal early days – the audience is wildly enthusiastic, and for very good reason – they were brilliant.
Play very loud.