The Charlatans to end up the weekend and to get ready for Monday. Perennial favorites, The Charlatans were the first band to renew my faith in music as an on-going/ever-evolving, cultural/social statement for the 1990s.
Not that I really gave up on music or anything – I was just looking for something that had more to say, and I wasn’t exactly finding it at the tip-end of the 80s. But it was seeing them at The Hollywood Palladium during the West Coast portion of their first or second American tour that I had it on high authority that music and our popular culture were safe, and in fact heading in the right direction. The synergy between the band and the audience took me right back to the halcyon days of the Shrine Expo Hall, where bands like Clear Light, Soft Machine and Jimi Hendrix convinced me music was heading into amazing places and that all was good with the world in 1967.
Tonight it’s a session for Steve Lamaq’s program at BBC Radio 1, recorded on April 17, 1997 – several years after my initial encounter, but still a band as fresh as ever. Which is why I have considered The Charlatans to be one of the consistently engaging and enjoyable bands for the last 25 years.
You may or may not agree – and you may or may not be familiar with them. Needless to say, if you aren’t familiar, you really need to dive into their catalog and explore.
In any event, crank it up and enjoy.
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