Libertines To Re-Unite

The Libertines
are set to reform for a slot at the Reading and Leeds festival in August. The band, which centred around the songwriting partnership of Pete Doherty and Carl Barât, have not played together as the Libertines since 2004. A source told the Guardian that the group would be receiving a huge sum for their performance, rumoured to be around £1.5m.

The Libertines formed in 1997, with bassist John Hassall and drummer Gary Powell making up the lineup. The band earned themselves a devoted fanbase following the release of their debut album Up the Bracket in 2002. However, drug problems caused the band to disintegrate around the time of their second, self-titled album. Barât kicked his best friend Doherty out of the band in attempt to make him wake up to his heroin addiction, although this only served to increase antagonism between the pair.

Doherty went on to form Babyshambles while Barât became the frontman of Dirty Pretty Things, who split up in 2008. Relations between the pair have thawed considerably in recent times, however, and they have played on stage together on several occasions since the split. According to reports in the Sun, the group will consider announcing further dates and writing new material if the reunion goes well.

Don’t expect the road to be too smooth, though. Doherty was arrested last week on suspicion of supplying drugs following the death of Robin Whitehead at a flat in east London earlier this year.

Pete Doherty Arrested

Doherty has been arrested in England for allegedly providing the drugs that led to the overdose death of Robin Whitehead, a filmmaker and heiress.

Whitehead, whose great uncle was the late billionaire Sir James Goldsmith, was working on a documentary about Doherty when she died in her London apartment in January, apparently of a heroin overdose. TMZ reports that Doherty maintains his innocence, and he’s currently out on bail.

I was listening to Babyshambles “Fuck Forever” when I heard the news. Not really surprising since there is a one in five chance that Doherty will appear in the news on any given day.

Classic CD Review: Up the Bracket

Looks eerily similar to a scene in one "Bad Kids" music vid!

Band: Libertines
Label: Rough Trade
Release: 2002

1. “Vertigo” – A-
2. “Death on the Stairs” – A
3. “Horrorshow” – A-
4. “Time For Heroes” – A+
5. “Boys in the Band” – A+
6. “Radio America” – A-
7. “Up the Bracket” – A+
8. “Tell the King” – A+
9. “The Boy Looked At Johnny” – A+
10. “Begging” – A-
11. “The Good Old Days” – A+
12. “I Get Along” – A+

Comments: A much more polished album than The Libertines, this is , too, a more straight forward, cut-the-shit kind of release. Like the harmonies in “Boys in the Band” are priceless (unless you actually bought this album). I enjoy the bloody humor in a song like “The Boy,” you know what I mean? By the way, “The Good Old Days” is slowing developing into one of my favorite Libertines tunes.

Grade: A (94)

Pete Doherty Is A Bad Ass

As if you already didn’t know (Nu Rave Brain Wave):

Pete Doherty has said that he was in hospital on a life support machine in October when he had to cancel a series of Irish solo live dates. “If I hadn’t been on a life support machine I’d have been in Ireland,” he told NME.COM, speaking of his stay in Swindon’s Great Western Hospital. “But my heart stopped.”

“Their [doctors’] immediate thought was that it was to do with drugs but it wasn’t,” he said. “What happened? Well, I don’t know. I don’t remember. I was running into the walls, making steering wheel signs with my hands. And then I just… stopped. My body just stopped.”

The wisest choice is obviously to go ahead with the December tour that Babyshambles have scheduled that leave out London AND Brighton. “A tour’s just what the doctor ordered,” he said.

New Babyshambles Album!

Pete Doherty has spoken about the next Babyshambles album, which he says is close to being written.

In an interview with French radio station Inter on July 6, Doherty revealed that Babyshambles‘ guitarist Mik Whitnall is writing all of the music for the album, leaving him to focus on the lyrics.

“Even as we speak, at this very moment in London somewhere, Mr Michael Whitnall – my erstwhile guitarist and songwriting partner in Babyshambles – is getting the demos together for our new album,” Doherty explained in the interview…. – NME

That’s very cool, but Babyshambles aren’t quite the Libertines. I’m still hoping for my fifth (previously #1) favorite band of all-time to make a comeback.