Latest Madchester Stories

2008-10-10 15:00:21

By Gary Flockhart LIF THE story of The Charlatans had been written for a novel or a sceeenplay the entire plot would have been laughed at simply for being too nonsensical to be believed. The band changes line-up several times. Then one of their members gets jailed for assisting in an armed robbery. Then he tragically dies in a car accident. But they battle on to deliver the best music of their career. Then the record label goes bust. You couldn't make it up. As is often the case,...

2008-10-04 18:00:16

By Jade Wright The Vortex - Dirty Soul Cool, upbeat, and instantly infectious, this track, is very much in the Hacienda dance groove of Oasis, Happy Mondays and The Stone Roses. Yet there are sparks of originality that make this the sound of now, rather than vintage Madchester, and rescues them from being imitators. It puts them firmly on their own footing as another in a long line of bands of which Manchester can be proud. Estelle - Pretty Please (love me) SUPERB old-school soul...

2008-08-12 12:01:05

By MAUREEN COLEMAN INDIE rockers The Charlatans - who are approaching their 20th anniversary - have confirmed a Belfast date as part of their forthcoming UK tour. The band, which formed in 1989 and have notched up 10 studio albums and more than 20 hit singles since then, will play the Spring and Airbrake on October 1. Earlier this year The Charlatans became the first UK band to release an album - You Cross My Path - completely free to downloads via radiostation Xfm. At the time lead...

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