James’ Shamelessly Nostalgic A-Z Of Albums That He Liked To Listen To When He Was Young – Part 20: Tellin’ Stories

James Proclaims (6)

We’ve finally got to the 20th letter of the alphabet, which means the end is in sight.

But we’re not there yet.

First we have to stop for ‘T’.

I prefer mine with milk but no sugar.

Cos I’m sweet enough (ah that office banter that we’re all missing out on because of the lock-down).

But there’s no time for hot beverages because we must press on with the album of the day.


T is for Tellin’ Stories


The Charlatans have to be contenders for the most underrated British band of all time.

At least they appear to be underrated by me.

They were around during the pre-Britpop days of Madchester, they were around during the heady days of Britpop and they’ve pretty much been around ever since.

But when I think of Madchester, I tend to think of The Stone Roses and The Happy Mondays and when I think of Britpop, the first bands that leap into my mind are Oasis, Blur and Pulp.

For some reason The Charlatans are not a band I really think about, until one of their songs pops up on my playlist, or I catch them on the radio or TV (which still happens from time to time).

Then I remember that I really like them.

Because they are a really good band.

And 1997’s ‘Tellin’ Stories’ is a great record.

‘One to Another’ was the biggest hit of the album, but I slightly prefer ‘North Country Boy’.

So we’re having that today.

  7 comments for “James’ Shamelessly Nostalgic A-Z Of Albums That He Liked To Listen To When He Was Young – Part 20: Tellin’ Stories

  1. April 23, 2020 at 9:17 am

    Another bit of music which feels like it was only a couple of years back.

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    • April 23, 2020 at 4:24 pm

      Yes it doesn’t seem plausible it’s been over twenty years

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  2. April 23, 2020 at 11:58 am

    The Charlatans?
    You’re literally begging me to disbelieve you now…


  3. April 23, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    Their biggest hit in the US was “The Only One I Know” in 1990. I remember it especially because it really sounded like they were singing “Liam, the one I know.” This isn’t just arrogance, because I had a friend ask me “did they just sing your name in that song?”

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    • April 23, 2020 at 4:23 pm

      There were a few famous Liams around at the time too so a perfectly reasonable conclusion

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  4. June 1, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    I’m not stalking you, but I liked them too. Seeing them two nights in a row might have been overkill though 🤣

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    • June 1, 2020 at 9:06 pm

      That is going above and beyond. But they are a great band to be fair.


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