Pete may be the ultimate poster boy for fuck ups across the world, so it’s easy to forget what a touching songwriter he can be when he’s not making headlines in British tabloids. At least they care in the UK; over here, his latest album–Babyshambles’ Sequel to the Prequel–didn’t even get a domestic release. Too bad, because it’s solid.
Hopefully this is all a good sign for the impending Libertines reunion recordings, happening now in Thailand where Doherty has completed yet another stint in rehab. Maybe I’m foolish for hoping he can keep it together long enough to make a worthy successor to the first two Libs LPs, but his most recent material certainly suggests he hasn’t yet smoked away all of his talent and charms.
Peter Doherty releases a new single Flags Of The Old Regime on Monday 9th March through Walk Tall Recordings. The single was written by Peter about & as a tribute to his friend Amy Winehouse and is released in aid of the Amy Winehouse Foundation, who will also receive all proceeds from the profits of the single. Flags Of The Old Regime is available on 7” vinyl and as a digital download.
Flags Of The Old Regime was produced by Stephen Street and features Drew McConnell (Babyshambles / Helsinki) – bass, Jamie Morrison – drums, Stephen Large – keyboards and Stephen Street – acoustic guitar & percussion. The strings were arranged by John Metcalfe (Durutti Column).
The Amy Winehouse Foundation works to prevent the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people. They also aim to support, inform and inspire vulnerable and disadvantaged young people to help them reach their full potential.
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Directed by Katia deVidas
Filmed and edited by Katia deVidas
Director of Photography: Vifill Prunner
Photographer: Charles Hamelin
Producer: Louis Ditapichai
Executive Producer: Serge Thimbre
Equipment by Lighthouse Bangkok