The Only One I Know

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"The Only One I Know"
Single by The Charlatans
from the album Some Friendly
Released 14 May 1990
Recorded The Winding Studios, Wrexham, Wales, 1990
Genre Madchester[1]
Length 4:00
Producer(s) Chris Nagle
The Charlatans singles chronology
  • "Indian Rope"
  • (1990)
  • "The Only One I Know"
  • (1990)

"The Only One I Know" is the second single by the English rock band The Charlatans. It was their first top-ten hit, reaching no. 9 on the UK Singles Chart.[2] In the UK it was the highest-charting single from the Some Friendly album. Its best showing in the US was on the Modern Rock Chart, where it reached no. 5 in September 1990.[3][4] The song contained lines directly lifted from The Byrds' 1967 song "Everybody’s Been Burned,"[1] while the melody prominently features an organ riff lifted from the Deep Purple rendition of the song "Hush".[5]

The song was included as a track on the influential compilation album Happy Daze. A funk-styled cover version with vocals by Robbie Williams appeared on Mark Ronson's 2007 album Version. In 2010, the song was used in a TV advert for Cadbury's chocolate. In 2012 the song featured in the film California Solo.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Brookes, Day, Collins, Blunt and Burgess

  1. "The Only One I Know" – 4:00
  2. "Everything Changed" – 3:23
  1. "The Only One I Know" – 4:00
  2. "Imperial 109 (Edit)" – 3:44
  3. "Everything Changed" – 3:23
  1. "The Only One I Know" – 4:00
  2. "Imperial 109 (Edit)" – 3:44
  3. "Everything Changed" – 3:23
  4. "You Can Talk to Me" – 4:48
  • "You Can Talk to Me" was recorded 20 March 1990 for the John Peel Show, BBC Radio 1. First broadcast 9 April 1990.


Chart (1990) Peak
Ireland (IRMA)[6] 11
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[7] 56
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[2] 9
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks[3] 37
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[3] 5