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Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Music Part II

A close friend once said that the phase "They're really big in Europe" always sounds apologetic, like it's an excuse for something. Nevertheless, here's a band that's really big in England, and it's just our loss. The Libertines are fantasic. If this country can't appreciate them, that's tragic. Tragic, yes, but not nearly as the inevitable, impending tragedy that is The Libertines. These guys antics would make a career publicist very happy, except it's all unfortunately true. In a review of their last CD, Alex Pappademas mentioned lead singer Pete Doherty's "epic substance abuse problem." In-deed. Not since Sean Ryder of the doomed Happy Mondays has there been such a lack of self-control.

Here's a little Libertines history:

  • -They become the most popular band in England, according to NME magazine. Doherty has a falling out with lead guitarist Carl Barat, failing to show up at some shows.
  • -On one absent night, Doherty breaks into Barat's flat, steals some equipment, gets caught, and thrown in jail for two months.
  • -Barat takes the rest of the band to the states to tour.
  • -Doherty says he plans to form his own band, also named The Libertines.
  • -Upon his release, Barat and Doherty pull things together, go back into the studio with Clash frontman, Mick Jones producing.
  • -One night after recording, Barat retires to a hot tub with a bottle of whiskey. As he gets out, he slips and falls face-first into the corner of the sink counter, breaking his cheekbone and detaching his retina. Not fully knowing what happed due to his drunken haze, he goes to sleep only to wake up on a bloody pillow and unable to see. Two operations later, he can see again.
  • -The band starts to tour. One night, Doherty disappears from the stage for an extended peroid, only to reemerge covered in sweat and energetic, telling the crowd he just needed to go for a jog.
  • -At another show, enthusiastic fans break through the wall and the band completes their show on top of parked cars on the street.
  • -Another Barat-Doherty falling out due to Doherty's heroin addiction.
  • -Doherty checks himself into a rehab clinic at a Thailand monastary, flees, and spends the next 3 days in a Bankok hotel room, having only heroin room-delivered.
  • -The band, sans Doherty (again), now heads to the states to tour.
So they're coming to the Fillmore soon. I guess I'll go, because the way I figure it, these guys could die any day now. Either that, or they're the next Jagger and Richards -utterly indestructable. I still hope to see the full band someday. To all of you who went to Cochella two years ago and saw them all, count yourselves very lucky.

Oh yeah, here's the cover of their latest CD:

I don't think anyone can argue this isn't a great picture of one guy holding up his on-again/off-again friend while he searches for his last uncollapsed vein to shoot something he bought in the men's room into. That's fucking teamwork!

-And both their CD's are great.
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