The Charlatans' Tim Burgess Celebrates Classic British Albums Through Twitter Listening Parties

Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess
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Tim Burgess is no stranger to the UK music scene. Even in the midst of quarantine, he's found a way to keep in tune with classic British albums through his novel listening parties on Twitter. Join along on the Rhino Podcast as the legendary Charlatans frontman chats with podcast host Rich Mahan about all things Manchester, New Order and his new solo record, I Love The New SkyListen to the full episode below. 

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BURGESS: "It began about 10 years ago. And I did Charlatans' listening parties and I've done every album and I've done them maybe three or four times each over the past 10 years. But when, you know, lockdown happened, I announced on Twitter that I was going to do listening  parties again."

"One of the first people to say it was a good idea was Alex Kapranos from Franz Ferdinand, who said, 'You know, I love that album. It was a big deal for me.' And at that moment, I just thought, 'Well, it'd be great if you did one.' And he said, 'Yes.' And then [Blur drummer] Dave Rowntree said he likes to do one as well. And Bonehead from Oasis said that he likes to do one."

"And all of a sudden there was like, a thing. And very quickly, I had a week's worth of listening parties.  After that it was just sometimes five a night..."

MAHAN: "You did one back in April for New Orders' Deluxe edition of Power, Corruption, and Lies, which is going to be coming out pretty soon. I checked that out and got a feel for what the Twitter parties are like."

"Really cool stuff in there. Especially there was one post that had a picture posted by Stephen Morris of [Gillian] Gilbert's programming scroll for his keyboard part. I thought that was really cool to see that and see how he, so meticulously mapped out what he was going to program."


BURGESS: "Because of my age actually really only got into them with this album and 'Blue Monday.' Power, Corruption, And Lies - I was 16 years old. It was the perfect age for getting into what would become your favorite band."

"And so I don't really know much apart from what I've read, but yes, it had all the elements of something that was thrillingly new and something that was kind of like what they'd picked up in the dance clubs of New York, from what I can gather, they just wanted to change everything and just, and just really go for it."

MAHAN: "'Blue Monday.' You mentioned that that single came out before the album's release. Yes. I'm from Los Angeles originally. And I know you lived there for, well, we'll talk about that later, but KROQ in Los Angeles played that record all the time, man. Back then when it came out, it was seemingly on repeat. It was even bigger in the clubs."

BURGESS: "Yeah, well, it's a seven minutes single. I mean, I heard it on the radio. I didn't really listen to that much radio apart, apart from maybe John Peel, you know, in the evenings, but there's just a feeling around it and it was a hit and they were on some of the pump. And, sometimes you don't have to hear a song all the time to know that it's a hit and 'Blue Monday' was, was just that."

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