Jade French and Ciara Hill from Same Teens got together with Tim Burgess and a host of other people to take a look back over the 20 years since the first Charlatans album.

For a band to hit the 20th year mark with a heap of relevant albums still coming out, for a band to be a beacon of an era and for a band to manage to transcend and change their times means that it is a band worth knowing. Luckily The Charlatans (Tim Burgess, Mark Collins, Tony Rogers, Martin Blunt and Jon Brookes) have managed to become just that.

With their 20th Anniversary of album ‘Some Friendly‘ finally here, their Roundhouse gig selling out in minutes and slots at festivals such as Barcelona’s ‘Primavera Sound’ they’ve proven this year will be one to remember- and that’s just the tip of the iceberg! Their most recent album ‘You Cross My Path‘ was not only believed to be the bands best album to date but was also released free by the band showing not only altruistic motivations but also perhaps slight contempt for parts of the music industry. From the beginning until now they have been a band for the fans.

So to celebrate the achievements of The Charlatans we have put together a bumper Charlatans feature in order to delve a little deeper into their music and to also see how this music has impinged on their listeners. Happy Anniversary!

Click here to view the latest deals on The Charlatans music at zavvi.com

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SOME FRIENDLY TRACK BY TRACK by Tim Burgess

We asked Tim Burgess to cast his mind back over their back catalogue and the songs of the last 20 years starting with Tim guiding us through Some Friendly, the album which catapulted them into the public consciousness…

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2O YEARS OF THE CHARLATANS

Despite their gargantuan size on the music circuit the Charlatans have always found time and derived pleasure from helping out those just starting. From getting Faris Badwan of ‘The Horrors’ to draw the cover for their album ‘You Cross My Path’ to a producing debut working on Hatcham Social’s album and hand-picking relatively new bands for his Isle of Wight stage including SCUM and Poppy and the Jezebels.

We caught up with a few people who have been supported along the way by Tim Burgess to ask them what their standout moments of the band have been…

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ALBUM BY ALBUM by Tim Burgess

Tim Burgess talks us through The Charlatans back catalogue of albums from the past 20 years…

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Want to see The Charlatans live?

Their Glasgow Barrowlands and Camden Roundhouse are both sell outs but there’s limited tickets for Blackpool Empress Ballroom on May 15th. Visit www.thecharlatans.net for more details. See you there!

Head on down to the Ruby Lounge, Manchester afterwards where Same Teens and Tim Burgess will be DJing at the aftershow party with some guest DJs! Visit the Same Teens facebook page for more details.

Keep your eyes pealed for our reviews of the gigs next week…

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Fancy bagging yourself the complete Charlatans back catalogue?


To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of The Charlatans and the re-issue of ‘Some Friendly’, zavvi and Same Teens are offering you the chance to win The Charlatans back catalogue!

CLICK HERE to enter our competition.

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