Monday, October 22, 2012
YUP, HE CAN BE AN ANNOYING LITTLE RUNT...
.........but you can't deny that he's helped make some fine music over the years.
I couldn't believe it when I read somewhere the other day that it's now 10 years since Pete Doherty first came to prominence when The Libertines became bona-fide popstars. The first thing I ever heard by them remains one of my favourite singles of the noughties:-
mp3 : The Libertines - Up The Bracket
In the same way that bands like The Jam meant the world to me when I was a teenager, I can easily understand why years later so many would fall under the spell of The Libertines. They looked and sounded a cut above most bands of that era and they had a frontman who was incredibly charismatic.
And for those who thought Doherty was just a pretty-boy with a drugs problem, I offer up as evidence this fantastic ballad from 2004:-
mp3 : Wolfman featuring Peter Doherty - For Lovers
Sadly, I don't think he's come up with anything that classy since then - I was left a wee bit disappointed in the second LP by The Libertines and the best I can say about Babyshambles is that the stuff has been patchy, although this one does always bring a wee smile to my face:-
mp3 : Babyshambles - Killamangiro (single version)
Just a pity that the drugs appear to have fucked him up somewhat as a human being.