Melting Pot: The Best Of...
When the Charlatans UK came on the scene in early 1990, they were
assumed to be yet another band in the new- wave- of- new- wave from the
UK. They were commonly acknowledged as the "latest Stone Roses ripoff."
But in 1998, after outlasting the Stone Roses as well as the shoegazers,
the Charlatans have had the last laugh. Melting Pot compiles
the band's best tracks thus far. And ultimately, the disc is fluff-
free and solid.
Self- proclaimed Charlatans expert Neal says "Up To Our Hips is the
best record the Charlatans ever made!" Lucky for us, the record
company chose four tracks from that release including "Jesus Hairdo,"
"Can't Get Out Of Bed," "I Never Want An Easy Life If Me And He Were
Ever To Get There," and a Chemical Brothers remix of "Patrol."
Of course, the disc includes the tracks for which the Charlatans
are most famous. "The Only One I Know," "Weirdo," and of course,
"Can't Get Out Of Bed" give the listener an idea of how the band
has evolved over the past eight years. The organs remain in the
forefront, with Tim Burgess' distinctive vocals, and are eventually
joined by heavier use of guitars in later songs like "One To Another."
The Charlatans UK really have come a long way from being that "Stone Roses
ripoff band." Their last release, Tellin' Stories, launched them to
their career high, and recently, they headlined the Glastonbury Music Festival,
playing to millions of adoring fans. This compilation not only unites their old
and new fans, but will also be the perfect base for their next creative musical