Tuesday, August 5, 2014
In a summer of amazing concerts in Ireland, The Charlatans’ appearance at Bulmers Live at Leopardstown might be one that has flown under your radar until now.
You should fix that.
The British indie rock band has been on the go since the late 80s, and with good reason. With eleven studio albums under their belt since, this soul/rock act first assaulted the charts in 1990 with debut single “Indian Rope”. The reaction was enough to secure the band a label, and the follow-up “The Only One I Know” was a smash, hitting the top 10 on release. What has followed is twenty-four years of musical magic. If you’re thinking of heading to see the band on August 14th, we’ve got five very good reasons why you should.
The Only One I Know
This is the single that really let The Charlatans make their mark. A top 10 hit in the UK, it reached number 11 in the Irish charts and even broke the US Modern Rock charts, reaching number 5. In 2007, Robbie Williams put his own spin on the track when he covered it for Mark Ronson’s album Version.
Me. In Time
“Me. In Time” was the last single from The Charlatans to really make an impact on the Irish charts, hitting number 12. The first of the band’s songs to feature Mark Collins, its failure to appear on any studio album means that fans go crazy for it. What is seldom is wonderful and all that…
One To Another
The lead single from the band’s fifth studio album, “Tellin Stories”, this was arguably the band’s most successful single, hitting a high of number three in the UK charts. Trivia factoid: One to Another features drum loops provided by Tom Rowlands of The Chemical Brothers.
You’re So Pretty - We’re So Pretty
This song originally featured on the band’s Wonderland album in 2001, and appeared in a Carlsberg advert the following year. A remixed version was released by Youth in 2006.
Two decades after their launch, The Charlatans were still at the forefront of music innovations. In 2008 “Oh! Vanity” was released as a free digital download, followed by their partnership with Xfm to become the first UK band to release an album completely free to download via a radio station.
Big thanks to Michelle McMahon, editor at Her.ie for this great blog