The Libertines Biography
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The Libertines, in some form or other, started life as Carlos Barât (guitars and vocals) and Peter Doherty (guitars and vocals) way back in 1996. They were aiming to be the best band in the world. They weren't quite there.
Hailing from the East End of London, the cockney two-some were writing loads and loads of songs and playing acoustic gigs in London pubs. Years passed, with friends and bassists and drummers coming and going, but it wasn't until 2001 that things started to kick off.
Carl and Pete were joined by bassist John Hassall and drummer Gary Powell to form The Libertines that everyone knows and loves. Equipped with a manager, Banny, and record deal on one of the biggest independent labels, Rough Trade, The Libertines were hailed as one of the best new bands of 2002. Interest in the band was storming, and former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler offered to produce their first single.
After charging through some songs in a studio in North London, the outcome was their debut single, What A Waster. The single, backed with I Get Along and Mayday, was immediately awarded Single Of The Week in the NME and crashed into the top 40 sales chart.
The band won many fans with this single release, including the former Clash guitarist Mick Jones. He got in touch with the band, and became the band's new producer and super-star fan. After sessions in RAK studios with Mick, a debut album was finished. Thirty-six-and-a-half minutes of raw UK talent to piss all over the new wave of garage bands from overseas.
The album reached number 35 in the album charts, and was followed by another top 40 single (Up The Bracket), a tour with Supergrass, sessions at the festivals and TV appearances including Later... With Jools Holland and Born Sloppy.
It got even bigger in 2003, with Time For Heroes becoming their first Top 20 hit. The band also played a series of special gigs in London, including one in Pete and Carl's flat!
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Wow | Reviewer: Joe | 6/27/2008
The Libertines are quite possibly the most exciting British band since the Beatles. Pete Doherty and Carl Barat's new bands, Babyshambles and Dirty Pretty Things are just as good. Too bad i missed the boat on the Libertines
libertines | Reviewer: seth | 8/9/2007
Carl Barat and Pete Doherty are possibly the 2 most talented musicians of the 20/21st century. Their debut single 'what a waster' is a unique angry rock and roll track, used in the film 'football factory', stunned listners around the UK. Along with 'the strokes' they kickstarted a huge movement of indie rock. Their debut album 'up the bracket' is a real classic with a really unique sound. Songs like 'up the bracket' and 'time for heroes' stand out not only for their sound, but for the poetic lyrics by doherty. Their next album, the libertines, was released in 2004 and was just as good as the 1st, however shortly after this the band split. Two new bands are now formed with Doherty in 'Babyshambles', and Carlos in 'Dirty pretty things', both of which are equally good. The Libertines were quite frankly an incredible band that will be remembered forever.
Greatest | Reviewer: Chris Smith | 6/27/2007
Even though years have past, still the greatest, biggest impacting band in history.
best band...ever | Reviewer: g | 2/10/2007
i cannot tell you how much i LOVE the libertines.
best band EVER, love you pete and carl! aaaaaah their songs make me want to scream!!xxxxxxx
Best band in years | Reviewer: Miguel | 6/10/2006
Things started with The Strokes, but when The Libertines came out, they perfected the 'indie' rock and influeced so many new bands that now are succesful.
What to say about The Libs? Pete and Carl, are genious, Pete poetic, Carl full of energy, mixed together, made great tunes. They have everything, the lyrics, the voice, the talent, the guitars, great drums, bass, the look, the attitude. Had a hit like Time for Heroes, Don't look back into the sun, etc, simpley they made 2 albums, 2 PERFECT albums, what else could you ask?? That they didnt break appart of course!
They didn't sell well, but they are now in the rock history, hate it or love it, if they have a second chance together, they could be massive, no doubt.
Just listened to them once, and i felt in love, was just perfect, so people out there, listen to them. Try to find a live video of the, and you will know how charming they are, everything was so well put together, thanks Libertines, you made songs for each mood i could have, hope to see you guys together again.
awesome | Reviewer: char | 3/23/2006
god the libs are flippin awesome, what else is there reali to say - oh apart frm listen to what katy did, cos that is sooo catchy 'shoop shoop shoop de-lang-de-lang' - classic
What else can i say? | Reviewer: Sandy Hell | 2/21/2006
The Libertines are so fuckin* awesome. Their music is brilliant and lyrics as well. Its a shame that they doesnt play together any more. The first record is amazing, you wont be dissapointed if you start to listen it. This is about how music has to be.
My favorites are. I Get Along, Death On The Stairs, What a Waster, Last Post on the Bugle and The Saga.
Cheers and Keep on Rockin`boys.
Awesome. | Reviewer: Rachel_Libertino | 1/3/2006
The Libertines are an amazing band. Their lyrics are beautiful, as are the tunes. All of their songs are honest and ruthless yet so beautiful and passionate. The story of Carl and Pete makes them even more captivating. The Libertines music is the best around, even though they've been apart for a year. The tunes are so catchy and the lyrics are wonderful but apart from this, the most striking thing about The Libertines is their personality which shines through so well in all of the songs. Well, what I'm trying to say is, listen to The Libertines and you won't look back!
GREAT!!!!!! | Reviewer: Ayesha | 12/24/2004
The best band I've heard in a long time. Brilliant!!!
Fuckin Brilliant | Reviewer: Julian | 10/5/2004
There is absolutely nothing this band can do wrong. Both albums from start to finish are amazing and no inner turmoil can sully the bands musical reputation!
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