The Charlatans

7 12 2006

Question: Name the best song in the World?

The answer:

The Charlatans – How High

Now that you have had a load of it you’d concur that it is indeed one of the best tunes ever! Don’t tell me the electrifying guitars don’t do anything for you.

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6 responses

10 12 2006
Aurora

One of the best tunes ever? Probably not. In my honest opinion these guys want to be Oasis and thats just sad.

10 12 2006
Laidbackness

Noo noo. These guys are definitely not wannabe Oasis. They are the same genre as Oasis. I was going to mention that bit in the post but thought better of it. I think Oasis is a great band. I personally think that maybe the reason why supporters of either of those two bands have attacked each other for slight plagiarism and wannabeism is that both bands are mid table survivors. Both bands are known for their catchy tunes. Their songs don’t need time to “grow on you”. I feel cheered up after listening to The Charlatans. Same if the effect after listening to The Oasis. If both things make me happy, neither of those things can be blamed for striving to achieve the same goal πŸ™‚

Would love to hear what you think about that.

11 12 2006
Aurora

The only reason why I say The Charlatans want to be like Oasis is because they really and I mean really started to sound similar to them after Oasis’ 1995 album Morning Glory? Case in point The Charlatans Tellin’ Stories album of 1997. I believe the best song in the world is on that album. :).

If the goal of both bands is to make you feel good, which it is, then they have succeeded. However, in point 9 of your “Things That I Detest With All My Heart”. You said you really hate it when people take your ideas, lines etc. and pass them off as your own. Well now you must know how Oasis and there fans feel about The Charlatans. πŸ˜‰

11 12 2006
Megha aka Laidbackness

That was a very sharp observation πŸ™‚ The thing however is that both the bands belong to the same genre so it is obvious that there will be some similiarity in sound. I honestly don’t see one band copying the other. Had they used the same guitar pattern, lyrics, etc. I would have agreed. Infact, I feel that this conversation has started to take the shape of the more popular Coldplay – Radiohead discussion. Maybe even Coldplay – Keane discussion (but I don’t see how Keane is comparable to Coldplay).

Ok so the reasons why I think they sound similar are:
1. Same genre
2. Same time period – early 90’s (Charlatans 1990, Oasis 1995)
3. Both bands are from Manchester, UK so there are bound to be some similiarities.

So that might also help to explain why The Charlatans sound so much like Oasis (or the other way round or not at all maybe) πŸ˜‰

20 12 2006
pradster

time for my two cents it seems. πŸ™‚
The charlatans were part of the “Madchester” scene which included other bands such as the Stone Roses and the Happy Mondays. The Madchester phenomenon provided impetus to the fledging indie scene in U.K.and elsewhere. The commercial succes of the Madchester bands and their musical influence became the foundation for “Britpop” the genre under which Oasis and Blur fought out for turf. Hence to say that the Charltans are Oasis wannabe’s would very very wrong!
The Gallagher brother accept Prominent Madchester Band Stone roses as and influence and admit that they are fans.

and one more difference……while Oasis are ( in my opinion) one trick ponies with all of their albums sounding more or less the same, the Charlatans have constantly evolved and provided good music , the soundtrack to our lives πŸ™‚

20 12 2006
Shelly B.

You’re right The Charlatans have evolved… more and more into Oasis. From the early 1990’s there music wasn’t really similar to anyone elses. It was a different refreshing sound. But has soon as Oasis came on the scene with “Definitely Maybe” in 1994. The Charlatans new sound post 1994 became very comparable to Oasis’ and still is. People can say they’re from the same genre blah, blah, blah. However, there music changed because of Oasis’ prescence and success on the britpop scene. The Stone Roses may of influenced Oasis but Oasis heavily influenced The Charlatans… for the better. πŸ™‚

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