Martin Blunt - The Charlatans
He was humble, had time for me and seemed a thoroughly decent bloke. It was me that was disappointing.
In my defence, i suffer with long term depression. When i buy an album while in a slump, whenever i play it, it reminds me of the bad time. Eg Ride - Going Blank Again. Always reminds me of the death of my Grandy.
I can’t remember the year but The Charlatans released Modern Nature, New Order - Music Complete, The Libertines - Anthems For Doomed Youth, The View - Ropewalk.
4 of my favourite bands. I bought all 4 albums but played none of them.
I was actually at Corley Services. I saw Martin Blunt and thought “i know him from somewhere”.
Then “Its Martin Blunt”…is it? “Nah. He isnt tall enough”. “It IS him”. So i went over “Excuse me mate…”.
Bless him. I dont think he gets recognised too often. He thought i was going to ask the time and went to pull up his sleeve.
…“Are you Martin Blunt”?
“Errrrrr yeah i am”.
“Its OK…I’m a massive fan of the band”.
I was/am…i have seen them on countless occasions round the UK. I am known among other regular fans.
At that point i forgot how to think, let alone speak. All i could think of saying was “How is Jon doing”?
(Jon passed away a year or so before)
Martin threw me a lifeline…or so he thought.
“What do you think of the new album”.
I could have lied. I should have lied. Damn it
Any other album i could have spoken at length about, track by track and bored him silly.
But i attempted to tell him why i hadn’t played it.
And he did try to understand but i was an incoherent mess by then.
I looked at him and said “Thanks for your time mate. Really appreciated”.
And we parted.
So yeah…sometimes even MASSIVE fans can disappoint the band.
I have since played all 4 albums and only Ropewalk by The View disappointed but from such a young band, 5 amazing albums was askig maybe too much.