Formed in 1989, the Charlatans put their first single, 'Indian Rope', out on their own label Dead Dead Good records and sold 20,000 copies (that's enough to get a number one nowadays). They were snapped up by Beggars Banquet and achieved their first Top Ten single with 'The Only One I Know'. Their debut album 'Some Friendly' went on to chart at number one.
Then in 1992 disaster struck when keyboard player Rob Collins was unwittingly involved in an armed robbery and was sent down for eight months. The band, however, bounced back with 'Up To Our Hips', a record that saw them get some of the most extraordinary critical applause in the band’s long career. Sadly, Rob Collins was killed in a car accident in 1996, and after the band decided to continue was replaced by Tony Rogers.
Since then The Charlatans have released a series of enormously successful albums - their most recent, 'Up At The Lake', came in 2004 when it was also becoming obvious that the band's restless collective imagination was signaling a change in direction for their future records.
- The Charlatans' MySpace
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