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The Libertines

Despite only releasing two albums in their short and shambolic career, The Libertines are one of themost talked-about and acclaimed British bands of the decade, as well as being instrumental inopening the floodgates for British guitar music in the '00s, helping pave the way for the likes ofFranz Ferdinand, Arctic Monkeys, Kaiser Chiefs, Razorlight, The View, Bloc Party, and The Coral.The group's sound is often compared to that of British artists from the punk and post-punk era,including The Clash, The Buzzcocks, The Jam, and Television Personalities, whilst Pete Dohertyand Carl Barat's lyrics ...read more

Despite only releasing two albums in their short and shambolic career, The Libertines are one of themost talked-about and acclaimed British bands of the decade, as well as being instrumental inopening the floodgates for British guitar music in the '00s, helping pave the way for the likes ofFranz Ferdinand, Arctic Monkeys, Kaiser Chiefs, Razorlight, The View, Bloc Party, and The Coral.The group's sound is often compared to that of British artists from the punk and post-punk era,including The Clash, The Buzzcocks, The Jam, and Television Personalities, whilst Pete Dohertyand Carl Barat's lyrics are strongly influnced by the likes of Morrissey and Syd Barrett. There wasalso a strong influence from The Strokes in their sound; indeed, the band had to put up with strongspeculation in some quarters that they had been engineered as 'the British Strokes' by their recordlabel, following comments made by former member Johnny Borrelll.

The group's first album 'Up The Bracket' released in 2002, was a sleeper hit, hitting #35 in the UKalbum chart, but also spawning the top 20 hit single 'Time For Heroes'. The band's success quicklystarted to expand in 2003, when non-album single release 'Don't Look Back Into The Sun' dentedthe UK top 10; in December of that year, the group played three sold out shows at the LondonForum, one of which was included in Q Magazine's 'Greatest Gigs Of All Time' list.

But whilst the band's fanbase began to grow, so did the group's problems. Frontman Pete Doherty,who had been dabberling with hard drug use for several years had developed a crack and heroinaddiction that was spiraling out of control. In summer 2003 alone, Doherty failed to show up for aEuropean tour, was sent to rehab in London, temporarily kicked in out of the band and was evenarrested and sentenced for breaking into the appartment of his fellow band mate and closet friendBarat to fund his drug addiction. The events of 2003 overshadowed the recording of the group'ssecond album in spring 2004. The album, which was self-titled and topped the UK charts, was agenerally darker affair that focused on the breakdown of the Doherty and Barat's friendship, and ofthe band as a whole, particularly on the transparent "Can't Stand Me Now". As Doherty's drugproblems worsened, and Barat's insistence that he would only be allowed to continue in the band ifsober hardened, it became clear that the band were heading for a split.

After the break-up was officially announced in 2004, each of the members went on to form side-projects. The most high profile of these Doherty's Babyshambles and Barat's Dirty Pretty Things,both of which have sold well but failed to earn the stardom or acclaim that The Libertines had -Babyshambles in particular were panned viciously by certain sections of the UK music press,including the NME, previously Doherty's most vocal supporters. Bassist John Hassall has gone onto form the vocal harmony-heavy indie-pop band Yeti, while Gary Powell has arguably gone on tohave the most interesting career of them all, collaborating with names ranging from New York Dollsand Eddy Grant to UGK and Skepta. « hide

Similar Bands: Arctic Monkeys, The Smiths, The Kinks, The Strokes, Babyshambles

LPs
The Libertines
2004

3.5
297 Votes
Up The Bracket
2002

3.9
308 Votes
EPs
Don't Look Back Into the Sun
2003

4.2
13 Votes
I Get Along EP
2003

3.7
23 Votes
Legs XI
2001

4
8 Votes
Compilations
Time For Heroes - The Best Of The Libertines
2007

3.7
29 Votes

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