Mountain Picnic Blues – The Making of Tellin’ Stories
You know, watching this DVD I was struck with the almost overwhelming feeling of just how monumentally boring I find the music of The Charlatans. I couldn’t really summon any enthusiasm for this – even though I know the Tellin’ Stories album and knew there was something of a story to be told about its making.
You see founding Charlatan Rob Collins died in a car crash and the group, bereft obviously, wrestled with that difficult decision of carrying on. In the end the decision wasn’t all that difficult as they all needed their job still and so another record was made. A good (enough) record – but one I’ve just never really cared for.
Whiny and fey and ultimately uninteresting to me The Charlatans make music that I simply want to write-off as Landfill Britpop. I thought that at the time and I still think that now.
This is a good value DVD if you’re a fan of the band though – the band’s surviving members all tell their version of battling guilt and grief and charging on to meet the muse. And there’s a live performance of the album which, again, I felt nothing towards – I simply took nothing from it. But it’s in no way a shocker, just not at all interesting or meaningful in any way to me.
The Charlatans kind of remind me of that band James – but without the hooks; or The Wedding Present without the decent/ish songs.
But if you’re a fan of this band – or if you ever were, or at least/in particular the album Tellin’ Tales then you’ll want to check this out.
That’s about all I can do here. Are we done? Yep, that’ll have to do.