Monday, 18 January 2010

Libertines reform?

I have a bit of a love hate relationship with The Libertines, admittedly they haven't produced anything that I found disagreeable. I just don't like the band though, I don't like their image, the members, their videos, anything at all outside of their music. Like the bastards they are, they produce some pretty good songs.
Today I see a report that they are due to reform in 2011, but hold on a cotton picking minute before you rush out to source tickets for this fictional date in the distant future as you will see almost from the moment they split up this fictional reformation has been mooted with alarming regularity.

OK, so December 2004, Libertines dissolve, Doherty, the drug addled buffoon was more intent on the crack than the craic and he was in the paper more than a battered cod. Dirty Pretty Things was a little bit away, so when do we see the first green shoots of reforming? A mere 18 months later talking in The Scotsman Carl Barat said,

"I like to think I left it on ice. We're obviously busy with other things, but I like it when I see Pete as long as it's not really public," Barat told the Scotsman.

"By the very nature of my and Pete's relationship, we could be back on stage before you know it."

Before we know it? OK so maybe he was a little premature, let's keep our gobs shut Carl till we have something a little more concrete.

10 months later and what do you know Barat is at it again, this time he is talking to XFM,

"We're doing different things, but at some point I'd be happy to work with Pete. Our relationship hasn't really faded away."

Fair do's Barat, its implicit not explicit, you would like to work with him. I would like to have Drew Barrymore bring me breakfast in bed whilst the missus was on an extended visit abroad, you get me Barat? We all want something. Lesson learnt Barat?

A couple of months later and what do you know, Glastonbury 2007 and bingo it looks like the Libertines are going to put their differences aside according to Digital Spy.

Pete Doherty and Carl Barat are reportedly to reunite The Libertines for Glastonbury festival's Acoustic Stage.

Excellent, I suspect that will be that blabbermouth Barat who gave them that juicy vignette?

A source told Mirror: "The lads have been talking about it for months.

"Although they've both got their own bands now, neither has had anything like the acclaim The Libertines had.

Did it happen then? No even with months of preparation or as sources like to call it "talking" they still didn't pull it off. OK, these bands just get my hopes up, that's it isn't it? Won't fall for that again, no sirree Bob.

12 months later of course we do have another rumour that The Libertines are reforming, this time for Glaston... what the devil. Stop it source.

The Sun reported that not only were they going to be playing the festival, they had actually already been working together.

According to The Sun,
the duo have been writing music together and want to road-test their material at the festival.

The lying shits. 2008 and still no Libertines reformation, let's just draw a line under this misinformation shall we.

No, it seems that source has been running his, or her, mouth off again.

a source told The Mirror that Barat will need assurances that Doherty is serious about the reunion, saying: "Carl thinks it might work, but he needs to be 100% sure Pete won't let him down again before he signs up".

A word to the wise Mirror pay no heed to source, he chats a lot of shit.

Doherty however tells the truth, how about 2 million to reform, yep, he said that, this time in February 2009, the NME lapped up this codswallop, they also bought a handful of magic beans.

"We had some ridiculous offers to headline Reading and stuff. Like £2 million to headline this festival, £1 million to headline that festival and I said, Why don't we just do it? Let's get the old band back together".

Then the crack wore off and I found that I had soiled myself and was alone in the middle of a Bavarian forest. He may have added that bit whilst the tape wasn't running.

Later in the same month though that 1 or 2 million carrot seems to add some impetus to the reformation as he is abso-bloody-lutely certain it's going to happen, again in the NME.

"There's probably another on the way, there's an amazing Babyshambles record on the way and The Libertines is going to happen in the next couple of years, by hook or crook."

At which point the NME journalist coughed into his hand and the word bollocks was audible.

The Libertines version of Aziz Ibrahim, went one better in April 2009 and removed the cough telling 6 Music.

"I bet it will happen but I don't think it will be anytime soon."

I bet a black man will be President of the USA one day but not anytime so...oh...OK.

2009 was a very busy year fro rumours of a reformation, no rumours of Glastonbury though, which was strange, maybe source was sacked? In July Doherty finally set a date, in The Times no less. Excellent!

"I think we're gonna make a record, and tour. Get The Libertines to take it to the next step, next stage. Next year."

Next Step, Next Stage, Next Year. All you need is Simply The Best playing in the background and you have a full blown sales conference.

So 2010 is the year that The Libertines are to reform, the time is now!! He even backs this up in an NME interview.

"It's going to happen, you know. I spoke to John Hassall, he's well up for it. Powell said he would."

No Barat then, OK. He will come round, that was August, that's almost a full year until he is needed, learn a few lines, sorry words, bad turn of phrase. We are still close to the illusive reformation though.

It seems today that Barat like an errant plumber has changed the date, 2010, nah mate, need to order a part, I am booked, fully booked mate, how does 2011 grab yer? best I can do.

"It's not definite-definite. I can say 2011, but it's hard to plan The Libertines until next Tuesday," he told the Evening Standard. "But 2011 is where there's room for that to happen. So if everything is all right, then, yeah, it would be glorious to get on the old jacket and venture forth, into the known."

So it looks like the glorious return of The Libertines is due not definitely definitely 2011, but possibly 2010. Don't bank on it though.

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