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Date: 13/08/13

The Charlatans - "Indian Rope" (Live at Reading, 1992)

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Jonathan Thomas Brookes
b. 21 September 1968, d. 13 August 2013

The Charlatans were one of the more interesting bands to emerge at the tail-end of the 80s. In addition to melding the power of 60s rock and soul thanks to the engine room of founder-members Martin Blunt (bass) and Jon Brookes (drums), they - along with the Inspiral Carpets - successfully reintroduced the Hammond organ to pop (a mixed blessing in the hands of the less capable, i.e., most people).

The combination was a winner, and their first single, Indian Rope, was an indie smash, helped by the essential support of John Peel. This led to a number one album - Some Friendly - and lasting significance.

Here we see the band - including vocalist Tim Burgess and recent arrival Mark Collins on guitar - at the height of its powers at the 1992 Reading Festival, playing that very first hit in extended form, complete with an extended wig-out by organist Rob Collins (himself to perish young in a car crash in July 1996).

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