The Charlatans

Five Defining Singles

Thursday 25th May 2017

The Charlatans will release their 13th studio album 'Different Days' on Friday 26th May 2017.

Featuring an excellent array of collaborations and contributions from musicians, writers and actors alike: Pete Salisbury (The Verve) playing the drums on three tracks, Anton Newcombe (Brian Jonestown Massacre) adding the organ on one song, and Johnny Marr contributing guitar to three tracks. Frequent collaborator Stephen Morris (New Order) drums and programmes seven tracks. The epic album closer (co-written with Paul Weller), also features Weller on piano and backing vocals.

Earlier this year, to announce the single 'Plastic Machinery', The Charlatans tweeted a series of photos displaying forty-two Charlatans singles & one EP as app icons (see below).

In tribute to this, we take a look back at five defining singles from the seminal Manchester band.


The Only One I Know (1990)

The second single released by The Charlatans, a top ten hit and a bonafide anthem of the Madchester scene. Watch our exclusive video of them performing it at the 60 Years of Fred Perry celebrations in London, September 2012.


Weirdo (1992)

'Weirdo' is a single taken from their second album 'Between 10th and 11th' named after the location of their first US show. Fittingly, this track was their biggest US hit to date and still remains a firm fan favourite.


North Country Boy (1997)

Despite the tragic circumstances surrounding the band whilst recording 'Tellin' Stories' in 1996, they finished what is arguably their greatest album and released it in 1997. Watch our exclusive video of The Charlatans performing this hit single at the 60 Years of Fred Perry celebrations in London, September 2012.


Blackened Blue Eyes (2006)

The lead single from their 9th studio album 'Simpatico'. A classic Charlatans sounding tune with a slightly darker, heavier riff.


Plastic Machinery (2017) 

The lead single from The Charlatans 'Different Days' album. Featuring Johnny Marr on guitar after he stopped by the studio whilst they were recording and ended up contributing on three tracks.


Watch The Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess in conversation with Terry Hall below. Filmed at Dot to Dot Festival 2016.

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