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.
The NME claims to have the first copy of Pete Doherty‘s as-yet-unnamed solo album and they’ve posted details of what’s inside. What does it sound like? “Well, like Gorillaz. And The Coral. And The La’s. And Blur. And Bob Dylan.” OK.
The album apparently features a lot of work from the recently reunited Blur guitarist Graham Coxon and veers from plaintive acoustic ballads and musings on what it is to be British, to “Gorrillaz-esque” dance and drone numbers. Production credit goes to Stephen Street and the album was recorded at London’s Olympic Studios, according to Spin.
The album is currently slated to drop on March 9 in the UK with no US release date yet scheduled.
Spare the rod, spoil the child. That’s what they say. An inch of tough love can go a mile if it’s indeed coming from a place of love. It seems producer Stephen Street got ahold of Pete Doherty and shook the shit out of him, and the result is a decent album from one of rock’s most poetic and broken performers.
This summer’s NMEs were rife with reports of battles between Doherty and Street. Both parties gave their stories with Street telling the British music tabloid that he had to tell Doherty to “sort himself out” or he couldn’t work with him. Doherty, for his part, said the sessions were grueling and not at all how his band was used to working, which one can assume meant there weren’t piles of coke and leggy models around to distract the band and befuddle the producer.
“Sometimes I had to sit down with Pete and have really good heart-to-hearts with him to get through all of [the distractions] and connect with the real musician and artist that’s underneath,” Street told the NME in August. “I wanted to prove to those people that he can make a decent record.”