The Charlatans UK - Forever: The Singles
While their peers have peaked and sputtered out or imploded, The Charlatans are still going strong after nearly 20 years recording. They're a band that has outlasted both the media's expectations and their peers, surviving the shoe-gazing, baggy Madchester scene, adding their retro-retro sound to the explosion of Brit Pop in the mid-90s and continuing to release startlingly good albums just as recently as the summer of 2006. They've just released a collection of their singles and just a single listen brings back so many memories. The mix of Stonesy blues-based rock, swirling Psychedelic organs and dance-oriented rhythms has always sounded so familiar yet somehow new at the same time. They're as bloody great as ever and thank goodness for that!