Who Gives a Shit About Babyshambles?
I'm going to go off on a bit of a rant here, so I am warning you all ahead of time. As an avid music fan, I tend to surf the mainstream music websites for music news as they are usually the first onto the scene. I've been hitting up nme.com lately because they cover the British bands a bit more heavily and also because they update earlier in the day than rollingstone.com or spin.com, but I'm starting to get fed up. I swear to fucking God, every day I go to their website, there is a story about Pete Doherty, formerly of The Libertines and currently lead singer of the band Babyshambles.
For those of you who don't know, Pete Doherty developed a heavy heroin addiction as The Libertines fame grew. While The Libertines were touring for their first album, Up the Ladder, he was holed up in rehab in London, from which he ran away to rob fellow bandmate Carl Barat's apartment to get money for drugs. Amazingly enough, he was not kicked out of the band, and he managed to sober up enough to record a second album which contained one of the best songs of 2004, "Can't Stand Me Now," which fittingly summed up the contentious relationship between Doherty and Barat to a t. His drug problem relapsed during some early touring, and the band again sent him to rehab, this time to a Buddhist-kinda place in Asia, but again, Doherty ran away, and Barat was forced to kick him out of the band, which inevitably led to the end of The Libertines.
Aren't you sick of this guy yet? Do you really care what happens to him now? Well apparently the lovely people of England aren't, because he won't fucking go away! So late last year, Doherty started up a new band called Babyshambles where he's in charge and no one can put him in his place. (if I were in this band, I would beat the shit out of him every single day, swear to God!) They released two singles, and have developed a reputation for showing up extremely late to their shows or sometimes not showing up at all. Pete's been arrested for robbery and blackmail (charges which were later dropped), and recently jumped on stage at another band's London show and destroyed equipment for no reason. They were booted from Oasis' tour for bailing on a performance a couple of days ago. But seriously, who the fuck cares?!?!?! The Libertines were an average band with a couple of good songs who were touted as the second coming of Jesus by the British press, and undeservedly so. Babyshambles music is shite, there's not better way to describe it, and yet somehow Pete Doherty is dating supermodel Kate Moss and his band gets more press than the rest of the bands in England combined. This guy is a fuck-up and a loser who makes sub par music and yet is praised for it day in and day out. Could this please stop? Would somebody please kick Pete Doherty to the curb? Or maybe just shoot him in fucking head and end all this? There are a lot of other new bands I'd like to hear about, and if I never heard the word Babyshambles again, my life would be the better for it.