Wednesday, June 4, 2014
The Charlatans Can't Even Be Bothered Cover
One of the great mysteries has always been this--how did the Charlatans survive the early 1990s as a band?
Forced to adopt the UK moniker, beset with troubles, barely able to get past their difficult second album after changing out guitarists--how did they do it? How did they survive the whole Manchester scene and become so successful?
Songs like Can't Even Be Bothered did the trick. Being reliable didn't hurt, either. By the time the late 1990s rolled around, they had a string of great singles and records and then they had to figure out how to keep going when keyboardist Rob Collins was killed in an auto accident.
The addition of Mark Collins to the band had a lot to do with it. But, really, it was all about perseverance. In all of Britpop, no one struggled and carried on like The Charlatans. No one survived Madchester, Britpop, and the horrible aughts quite like they did.