Archive for March 9th, 2008

Charlatans, Bauhaus: back? no, never left!

Back around 1990 or so, alternative was swept up in the hippy, drippy, “Manchester sound”, for what now seems like about five minutes. I remember making a mix tape (cassette!) with Soho’s “Hippy Chick”, Stone Roses’ “Fool’s Gold”, and, of course, The Charlatans’ “The Only One I Know”, among others. When I first heard that The Charlatans are back on the charts in the UK, I assumed they had recently reunited after years of rust, but no, they’ve never stopped. Personally, I’m less interested in bands with members that are my age, but I know that many of you out there don’t suffer from such blatant ageism, so look below for links to their MySpace and free downloads.

charlatans; thanks dany

The Charlatans (UK, to us in the US), 2008

Here are the clicks:

MySpace; Download the songs; Download the whole album; Enter to win a rare white vinyl copy

Bauhaus, whose fifteen minutes was even longer ago, also never stopped, though they famously separated into Peter Murphy and Love and Rockets (hey, I know you know… don’t come here to get educated, just entertained). The new album, Go Away White, is billed as their last, and is already charting in the UK. Alas, they’re not giving anything away (though there was a free toothy face beer glass with a pre-order of the CD from Newbury Comics, but we missed that; sorry). Check out their (kinda cool) website for the story about how they invented Goth, and visit their MySpace to preview some new songs and re-hear some old. If you can’t tell the difference, is that a good thing or a bad one? For me, here’s all the Bauhaus I need (and I do need it):


Bauhaus, 2008