CHARLATANS frontman TIM BURGESS has recruited associates PUFF DADDY, LIL' KIM, JENNIFER LOPEZ, SNOOP DOGG and BECK to help out on his solo album, NME.COM can reveal.
Burgess, who has been writing his own songs while also working on a new Charlatans album, releases a single 'I Believe In The Spirit' on August 25. It's the first track to be lifted from his album 'I Believe', released on September 8.
'I Believe' was produced by Linus, who's worked with Puff Daddy and Lil' Kim. The album was mixed by Michael Patterson, who is famous for his work with J-Lo, Snoop, Beck and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club,
Sure you'll agree there's some surprising names on there? J-Lo.
Surely those muppets (excluding Beck obviously) aren't on this record? From thecharlatans.info:
Tim Burgess's Hollywood drive-by
Planning a summer trip to LA? Let The Charlatans' singer be your guide
Tim Burgess likes Hollywood. He likes Charlie Chaplin, Dirty Martinis, the wildlife - "coyotes, deer, rats, squirrel-type things, rattlesnakes, possums, skunks" - and the 24-hour drug store chain Sav-0n. He once got "this whole history lesson about the El Ray Theater" from Michael Douglas, and just before we meet up with him outside the Best Western Hotel on Franklin, he's seen Ray Liotta in a car. "He gave me that stare."
Hollywood has been home for Burgess since I998. Charlatans tours gave him the taste. "We've always come here - always have fun here," he says. "It mostly revolves around drinking and partying, as Whitney Houston calls it." Between records with the band, he's been keeping busy with DJ work and a solo project.
The album he recently attributed to West Coast isolation is nearly done. "I love it - it's everything to me," he says. "I like to keep making music and that's what I did in my spare time. I based one track on the scene in Lost Highway, that bit where Bill Pullman's playing a mad saxophone. I got the guy to keep intensifying his playing. He did five takes and the last one was ****in' mental and blew my head off."
Overall, he reckons, it's the sort of thing that he would DJ. "A lot of stuff has a similar thread but it's pretty varied. A bit of funk, reggae, country, bit of Burt Bacharach, bit of Philly Soul. And there's a bit of country pickin' on there," he adds.
His "studio" is a bedroom at the top end of Hollywood, behind the Kodak Theater where the Oscars are held. In collaboration with his mate Linus, Burgess pulled in several guest musicians, including Roger Manning ("plays with Beck, played on The Vines' record"), Probyn Gregory from The Wondermints and a I7-year-old drummer called Adam.
"I like making sounds that are brilliant no matter whether they're played on a sledgehammer or a banjo. "The final mix should be done by the end of April. All being well, it'll be out in the summer. "It's probably more indulgent than I should be allowed to do," he says. "But so what, I'm enjoying it. It's me. I think people who would be into my record would be into a Charlatans record - it's another way of trying to turn people on to the core of the band".
Next up is Charlatans single "Feel The Pressure", produced in England by Tom and Ed from The Chemical Brothers. "It's kind of disco rock," he says. "That would be the perfect next step I suppose from Wonderland. We're doing T In The Park and Manchester and I think we'll finish the album by the end of the year."
No mention of anyone else, and in fact I'd be shocked and appalled if the likes of Lopez was on it.
Laid-back sunshine vibe throughout and some of the best song's Burgess has recorded. Namely the one I mentioned above, I Believe In The Spirit, plus We All Need Love & All I Ever Do. Even the Bob Marley cover sort of works. Overall much more of a 'pop' sound than the last Charlatans effort, and there's a duffer IMO in the form of Po Boy Soul but it's basically just a great summer album. Highly recommended.
Last edited by Muddy Mudskipper; 06-07-2003 at 14:28.
Originally posted by Muddy Mudskipper it's basically just a great summer album. Highly recommended.
Definitely second that recommendation - just listened through twice and it's great stuff, Tim's personality and personal taste shining through far more than it's ever been allowed to do in a band.
Bit of everything all thrown into the mix - pop, funk, soul even a reggae vibe. Favourites so far are I Believe in the Spirit (top tune!), Say Yes, All I Ever Do, Years Ago, Only a Boy and Oh Mi Corazon but I don't dislike any of them (not even Po' Boy Soul )
Just a shame it's not out until September so I can show my appreciation by actually buying it!