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Music legends made my Days on new album.

THE Charlatans have consistently reached new heights in a career that's seen them survive bankruptcy and deaths of key members.

Frontman Tim Burgess is a battlehardened veteran of the rock 'n' roll wars yet radiates infectious and upbeat innocence on terrific new album Different Days.

The 49-year-old said: "In troubled times, it sometimes helps to think positively."

Rising early with his four-year-old son helped.

"We got to see the sun coming up and he'd be asking me about my favourite dinosaurs. It's a pretty upbeat feeling, unless you dwell on what happened to those dinosaurs," he added.

Different Days is The Charlatans' second album since the death of drummer Jon Brookes from brain cancer in 2013.

A star-studded cast of friends including Paul Weller, Johnny Marr and New Order drum legend Stephen Morris helped create the album's mood of blissed-out majesty.

Tim said: "Stephen Morris is a total one-off. I absolutely worshipped New Order and still do.

"His drumming has influenced every generation and will do, regardless of what

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COLLABORATION Marr happens with music. It's like they based the best drum machines on him. "To end up working with him has been mindblowing." Fate played a part in making Morris Brookes's de facto replacement. Tim said: "I called him up just as their boiler had broken. He checked if our heating worked and came straight over. "There was a delay in getting theirs repaired, so the next time he brought Gillian (wife and New Order keyboard player) with him. "The broken boiler meant we got half of New Order on our record." Alongside collaborations with Weller and Marr, Different Days includes spoken contributions from Lambchop's Kurt Wagner and Rebus author Ian Rankin. Tim said: 'We insist on moving forwards. I think the songs reflect that." ? Different Days is out today.

FORWARD THINKER Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 26, 2017
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