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New Peter Doherty video: Who’s Been Having You Over

Video: Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres – “Who’s Been Having You Over”

Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres - Who's Been Having You Over (Official Video)

Directed by Roger Sargent. From Peter Doherty & the Puta Madres, due April 26 on Strap Originals.

There was a time not too long ago I was sure we were going to lose Pete Doherty. Every picture looked like it was likely to be his last. So I am not only really happy that he’s still with us, but seems healthier and maybe--just maybe--happier than he’s looked in years. He and his fellow Libertines bought a seaside hotel to move into, Monkees-style, as a sort of creative commune/workspace/real estate investment. Yes, things are looking up for Pete.

But the rest of the world is fucked. While the United States elected an unrepentant fraud and liar to the highest office in the land, Britain voted to leave the European Union but now can’t figure out how. Pete’s life of chaos seems to have been excised from his bruised body and unleashed upon the rest of us. And he has something to say about it, which plays to Pete Doherty’s greatest strength: the dude is a great lyricist.

In “Who’s Been Having You Over,” Pete takes a swipe at phonies: phony rockers and, seemingly, phony radicals. Let’s face it, protest and radicalism have always been susceptible to being co-opted by the mainstream and--God forbid--the Establishment. So Pete gets out ahead of it.

You’re so rock ‘n’ roll
My, you’re so rock ‘n’ roll
Oh but the rhyme that it took
To fill the right hook
You need a miracle
A crow bar and a miracle

And to put a fine point on it:

Who’s been having you over?
Yeah, who’s been tucking you up?
Shaking you down?
Who’s been having you over?
The world once was flat, the world got round

We’ve been had, gang. But at least we can look good while we’re getting ground into the dust. If we’re smart, we’ll buy up the one thing we can’t make more of and might just become a vanishing commodity: seaside property.

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New Libertines is better than you’d expect

Video: The Libertines – “Heart Of The Matter”

The Libertines - Heart Of The Matter

I’m a big Libertines fan. Their 2002 debut Up the Bracket is one of my favorite albums of the millennium so far, and their 2004 self-titled follow up is pretty good, too. Back in the day, I saw the Peteless touring version of the band twice. And while their solo careers haven’t always lived up to their potential, I’ve always held out hope that if they got back together they could rekindle the magic. But realistically, I knew that after this long it was probably going to suck.

Anthems for Doomed Youth doesn’t suck. There are moments that are great, and plenty more that are all right. I need to spend more time with it before I can be sure whether to file it (in my mind) up with the first two albums or down there next to the Babyshambles and Dirty Pretty Things albums.

“Heart Of The Matter” is one of the immediate highlights. With Pete and Carl trading off verses and self-mythologizing/demonizing lyrics, it takes the classic Libs formula and updates it with 10+ years of life experience. The video is corny and the “twist” ending is obvious, but it’s still fun to see these guys go all Reservoir Dogs in a peep show booth. Get it? The audience demands to see celebrities acting badly! Deep as a puddle, but hey, at least it looks pretty cool.

Image via Albion Rooms.

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New Libertines album details

The NME talked to the reunited Libertines about their upcoming album and shared a few interesting details. Here’s what we know so far:

The album was produced by Jake Gosling, best known for his work with Ed Sheeran and One Direction.

It was recorded at Karma Studios in Thailand.

It’s expected to be 11 tracks in length, and it only features one old song, a re-recorded version of “You’re My Waterloo.”

There are synths and piano on the album. Bassist John Hassall joked: “We’ve gone progressive… No, don’t get scared. It’s still The Libertines, but it would be weird if we came back and just did exactly the same thing.”

Pete Doherty claimed that fans “are going to love” the record.

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Watch Peter Doherty’s tribute to Amy Winehouse

Video: Peter Doherty – “Flags of the Old Regime”

Peter Doherty - Flags of the Old Regime [official video]

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.

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These Are The Good Old Days: The Libertines at Alexandra Palace

The Libertines at Alexandra Palace
London, September 28, 2014

Peter announced from the stage that next time The Libertines play the U.K. they will have some new songs.

The Libertines, Alexandra Palace, London, 28th September 2014

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Photos: Peter Doherty Live in Barnsley

Peter Doherty Live in Barnsley

Peter Doherty at Barnsley Walkabout

South Yorkshire, England, June 17, 2010

Recently Peter Doherty has been playing towns that are not on the traditional UK circuit. Places such as Darlington, Wigan, and on this night at the Walkabout Australian theme pub in Barnsley…have guitar will travel.

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Peter Doherty Live in Glasgow

Peter Doherty in Glasgow, September 24, 2009

Peter Doherty at the Barrowlands

Glasgow, September 24, 2009

An ending fitting for a start. This was Peter Doherty‘s last scheduled solo date in mainland U.K.this year (although there is still time for this to change).

For his previous gig at this venue in February, at the beginning of the Grace/Wastelands tour he brought a full band. Tonight it was a stripped down show with Peter, an acoustic guitar, and of course a bagful of songs. He was joined on stage by an artist who completed a painting, the occasional ballerina, and Dot Allison who sang backing on “Sheepskin Tearaway.”

More photos after the jump…

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Peter Doherty – Live in Edinburgh (Photos)

Peter Doherty - Live in Edinburgh

Peter Doherty in Newcastle Upon Tyne and Edinburgh

March 26 and 27, 2009

Each night Peter Doherty took to the stage with a full band including strings, as well as Graham Coxon and producer Stephen Street. Both nights Peter played the entire Grace/Wastelands album and a mixture of Libertines and Babyshambles songs.

Both nights saw an ecstatic crowd reaction. At Newcastle (my home town) the crowd had to be told to move back from the stage as there was a danger of crushing. In Edinburgh it was a rowdy Friday night crowd, and the lunatic fringe were out throwing glasses of beer (some say piss) at the stage, and looting the merchandise stand. I do not want to sound like a Daily Mail editorial—I am all for the spirit of rock and roll—but there is no justification for acting like a total tool.

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Peter Doherty: Live in Glasgow (Photos)

Peter Doherty at the Barrowlands

Glasgow, February 24, 2009

6:30pm, three hours before stage time and fans are already queuing around the block, anticipating a night of Arcadian revelry. Such is the fervour of the Glaswegian crowd.

Peter Doherty is playing a sold out show at the legendary Barrowland Ballroom. This venue has not been redecorated since the 1960s, adding to its rough and ready appeal. Every city should have its own Barrowlands.

Peter Doherty: Live in Glasgow

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Pete to Carl: Let’s Be Friends!

Pete Doherty reveals to the NME that the Libertines have received multiple offers worth millions of pounds to reunite for British festivals but that co-leader Carl Barat has nixed them all.

“We had some ridiculous offers to headline Reading,” he said. “Like £2 million to headline this festival, £1 million to headline that festival. I said, ‘Why don’t we just do it? Let’s get the old band back together.’

Pete and Carl have been seen together on occasion and have even performed some acoustic sets in recent months so what’s the problem? Pete says it’s personal.

“He (Barat) said, ‘We have to be friends, we can’t just do it for the money’. I said, ‘OK, let’s be friends! Friends who go and make lots of money’, because I haven’t got any money and I know he’s skint.

…and then it gets weird, even for Pete Doherty.

“He said I had to go and see an energy consultant, some new age guru who is going to measure my energy levels and see if I’m surrounded by darkness.

Sounds like one of those Scientology exams. Have we lost Carl too?

Previously: Carl Barat on Pete Doherty; Pete Doherty + Carl Barat = TLA; Reunited… And It Feels So Good; GLONO Video with Dirty Pretty Things; What Became of the Likely Lads?; and on and on…