Sunday Headliner – Tim Burgess
Charlatans frontman, solo artist, author, record label boss, vinyl addict and coffee importer… Tim Burgess has crammed plenty into his 50 years on planet Earth.
Born in Salford and raised in Northwich, Tim joined The Charlatans in 1989, and they went on to become one of the most prolific and well-loved indie bands of the 1990s – with Burgess the instantly recognisable icon at the helm.
After signing to the Beggars Banquet label, The Charlatans released a string of albums fusing indie, country and rock ‘n’ roll. Their self-titled 1995 album topped the UK charts, with 1997 follow-up Tellin’ Stories spawning three top-10 singles, including the mighty One To Another, which reached number three.
They played to 125,000 people when supporting Oasis at their massive Knebworth show in 1996 and released a best-of collection, entitled Melting Pot, in 1998. The band’s 13th album, Different Days, is out in May and features guest appearances from Paul Weller and Johnny Marr.
Away from The Charlatans, Burgess has released a two solo albums, 2003’s I Believe and Oh No I Love in 2012. Last year, he released Same Language Different Worlds – a collaboration with composer and experimental musician Peter Gordon.
His autobiography, Tellin’ Stories, was published by Penguin in 2012, and his excellent account of his record-collecting exploits, Tim Book Two: Vinyl Adventures From Istanbul To San Francisco, followed four years later. Tim has received many accolades and awards, including Q magazine’s Hero Award, and has worked with a multitude of other artists, including Saint Etienne, The Chemical Brothers and Joaquin Phoenix.
Burgess launched his own record label, O Genesis, in 2011, and runs his a Fairtrade coffee business, the excellently named Tim Peaks, which supports the David Lynch Foundation. He teamed up with Kellogg’s in 2012 to become almost certainly the first rockstar to release his own breakfast cereal – Totes Amazeballs – described by Tim as “the Jazz Odyssey of breakfasts”.