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Dirty Pretty Things will play an acoustic set this Tuesday, 4th September, to launch an exhibition of photos of the band taken by legendary photographer, Roger Sargent. This will be the band's final live appearance in the UK prior to their departure to record album #2 in LA.
The exhibition, 'Come Closer: Dirty Pretty Things as seen by Roger Sargent', will be held at The Boogaloo in Highgate, London from 4th September for one month. Prints will be available to purchase in signed limited quantities of 5 per print.
Now it seems an official version of the song, credited to the Libertines, does exist.
And you can download it here. (thanks to Niali from the libertines.org.uk forum).
Recorded in 2003 during the 'Don't Look Back Into The Sun' sessions with Bernard Butler producing, the song features Carl Barat on vocals, but Pete Doherty does not feature.
The cover was leaked online by a music industry figure who works in licensing/publishing (well, surely not McFee).
"It's almost like they've come into themselves, and the living that they've done since last time has all gone into this. You know what I mean? And the subtext of the record is really great as well. It reaches you, it reaches you in the right place. It touches you. It's touching. It's beautiful really."(Mick Jones, producer)
"All songs are written by the Libertines and that's all anyone need know. They are all born out all the Libertines did and what they'll do next" (Carl Barat, Libertines guitar player).
"I love Pete, Carl and John equally and as far as I’m concerned we’re all the sum of our parts.” (Gary Powell, Libertines drummer).
"Such is the overwhelming solipsism of the album, so heavy the weight of autobiography hanging over it, that listening is a curiously mutable experience". (Maddy Costa, The Guardian)
"Pete went into renab three times during the recording of the second album but within that and within the madness he knew what he was doing" (James Endeacott, Rough Trade executive).
"We wouldn't have stuck together and recorded that album if it hadn't been for Mick [Jones]" (Pete Doherty, Libertines guitar player).
"A masterpiece of life-changing rock'n'roll" (Anthony Thornton, Libertines biographer and NME writer)
"Somebody had a number for someone to come down and literally in the middle of the recording like every minute Carl would stop and go, Have you got that number? I could really do with some coke, man! And then Pete came up to the mic and said, Would someone get my fucking guitarist some cocaine?!?" (Roger Sargent, photographer and author of the album cover photo).
"It was a pretty good experience for everybody" (Geoff Travis, Rough Trade boss).
"I don't think I was particularly excessive during that album. Occasionally I'd come in and just sleep" (Pete Doherty).
"The Libertines was a darker, more introspective beast than its predecessor, containing an all-pervading sense of paranoia that even jauntier numbers like Don't Be Shy couldn't alleviate". (Pete Welsh, author of "Kids in the riot" and friend).
"There's always been that sense of collapse with us, although this album was a struggle to do. We knew when we were doing it that there were situations around the actual work that were making things difficult" (Carl Barat).
"Slightly less tuneful than its predecessor, The Libertines makes Doherty's dramas seem less a roadblock than a crucial ingredient; no band in recent history has better captured the vertiginous experience of falling apart and loving it" (Christian Hoard, Rolling Stone)
"I didn't even notice just how close to the bone this album was until we started doing interviews" (Gary Powell).
"It really is a miracle that our new album got finished" (Carl Barat).
29 ago 2007, 20.00 The Gin House, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, Camden, London, LONDON, London and South East NW1 8AHCosto : 6
This will be the only UK show before the band leaves for Japan. Support from Beestings and Daddy Long Legs. Tickets are available now here.
Another bunch of articles today focussed on Peter's alleged "no-show" at Get Loaded in the Park. Honestly I didn't think for one second he was going to turn up at all, so I took my time to reach Clapham Common and I wasn't let down by his absence, but I think this latest episode was mainly due to a communication breakdown more than anything else, because Peter's appearance was still in the rumormill when the Festival started. The breaking (?) news is that the man is back to rehab. So, good luck to him too.
Setlist (not too sure about the order):
Chinese dogs, Gentry cove, Best face in the place, Wondering, Doctors and dealers, Come closer, You fucking love it, Suit Punk military, Deadwood, Bloodthirsty bastards (featuring the wasp), Plastic hearts, The last of the small town playboys, Gin and milk, The enemy, Bang Bang you're dead (with Carl on the trumpet. Well, nearly).
Personally I think "Best face in the place" is the best new song. Carl doesn't play guitar in it, but plays his whole body, with a passion and intensity that reminds me of things like "Vertigo", and the more recent "Gin and milk". "Come closer" is beautiful but not so intense.
The show also included an attempted stage diving by Anthony (he just fell in the photographers pit) and lots of homoerotic imagery.
Photo by ponyrock on flickr.
Photos by NME
Tonight's gig is going to be one of the last shows the band will play before they shut themselves in a So Cal studio to start recording the follow up to Waterloo To Anywhere. According to the band's much loathed manager Alan McFee, sorry McGee, Barat & co will spend a very long time in Santa Monica working on new songs and recording with some advert-guy-turned-producer (???) named Nik Leman. McFee talks of 3 or 4 months but that's surely an exaggeration. Carlos promised to put some new demos on line on the band's official site but nothing has surfaced yet.
Delivery, Pipedown, Beg, Steal Or Borrow, Back From The Dead, The Blinding, Jeanie Jones, Sedative, Killamangiro, Baddies Boogie, Albion, I Wish, Fuck Forever.
Meanwhile, NME.COM said they will have a special and exclusive Babyshambles announcement on Tuesday (August 21), which is tomorrow (probably).
Setlist: Delivery, Pipedown, Beg, Steal Or Borrow,Baddie's Boogie, The Blinding, Sedative, Killamangiro, Side Of The Road, What Katy Did, Crumb Begging, Fuck Forever.
The band received mixed reviews on the brit press today. The NME talks of an "explosive set", whereas some imbecile from Channel Four claims Peter is a man of average talent and wishes Girl Aloud were booked in his place. Quite ironic if you think Babyshambles played on the Channel Four Stage. Another mildly positive review comes from Uncut.
Anyway, let's wait for tonight's gig at Weston Park and meanwhile you can have a look at Mik, Peter and Adam (and later Drew, who apparently was already on the stage) chatting with Virgin Radio's host Sarah (video here).