Tim Burgess has given up drugs for singing. You may known know him as an English singer-songwriter and record label owner, best known as the lead singer of the alternative rock band The Charlatans and he reason was because he just couldn’t sing anymore. What the Salford, England native, who grew up in Northwich, Cheshire figured out was during his time recording for the group’s 2006 album ‘Simpatico, he needed to stay sober because he was completely ”incapacitated” by his bad habit.
”I couldn’t sing anymore. I stopped being able to sing.
”I really wanted [producer] Adrian Sherwood to do the album and there were other forces that got us to try and turn a dub-inspired album into a rock album and I couldn’t fight the battle because I was incapacitated.
”So I couldn’t sing and I couldn’t fight any battles and the music wasn’t as good, so that was when I made a conscious decision to change everything.
”How bad had it got? Slurring on records.”
His bandmate Mark Collins added:
”There were moments we just went, ‘Tim, come back in the morning.’ ”
So what Burgess did was booked himself into a hotel for a self-imposed detox but then needed to go to the ”soul gym” to build himself back up.
”I felt a bit like an empty shell for a while and I had to start building the stuff that makes the soul again.
”Coke’s a rubbish drug and it does take the soul out of you. So I started going to the soul gym.”
Though Tim – who now practices transcendental meditation – doesn’t miss drugs, he doesn’t regret his wild ways.
He added to NME magazine:
”I enjoyed the experimentation. I don’t miss it and I don’t recognise that person really, but I know that that person enjoyed it.
”I can’t imagine ever going back there at all, but I enjoyed the ritual of going to try and find some drugs just to go out and DJ.
”I’d wake up in the morning and think about it, ‘I’d better call early.’ ”
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