The Libertines (British indie rock band)

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The Libertines are an English rock band, formed in London in 1997 by frontmen Carl Barât (vocals/guitar) and Pete Doherty (vocals/guitar). The band, centred on the songwriting partnership of Barât and Doherty, also included John Hassall (bass) and Gary Powell (drums) for most of its recording career. The band was part of the garage rock revival and spearheaded the movement in the UK.

The band gained some notoriety in the early 2000s. Although their mainstream success was initially limited, their profile soon grew, culminating in a No. 2 single and No. 1 album on the UK Charts. In December 2004, their self-titled second album was voted the second best album of the year by NME magazine. Both of their full-length LPs were produced by Mick Jones, of the British punk band The Clash.

In spite of their critical success as well as decent commercial success, the band's music was often eclipsed by its internal conflicts, stemming from Doherty's addictions to crack, cocaine, and heroin, which eventually led to the breakup of the band. Doherty has since stated that the breakup of the band was due to relationship difficulties between Barât and himself that were not related to his drug addictions. The members of The Libertines went on to form new bands with varying degrees of commercial and critical success.

In August 2010, the four members of The Libertines reunited to play a series of shows, including slots at the 2010 Reading and Leeds Festivals. The reunion shows received a highly positive response from the press and fans.

In April 2014, The Libertines announced they would again reform for a show at London's Barclaycard presents British Summertime Hyde Park. In November 2014 the band signed a record deal with Virgin EMI Records and hope to release a new album in 2015.

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Discography

Album

Year Title RatingReleases
2002 Up the Bracket 8
2004 The Libertines 9

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
2007 Time for Heroes: The Best of The Libertines 5

Album + Demo

Year Title RatingReleases
2003 The Babyshambles Sessions 2

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2004 Live @ the Opera House, Ottawa 1
Piss Me Off (At the Rhythm Factory) 1

Single

Year Title RatingReleases
2002 What a Waster 2
2002 Up the Bracket 3
2003 Time for Heroes 4
2003 Don't Look Back Into the Sun 5
2004 Can't Stand Me Now 8
2004 What Became of the Likely Lads 3

EP

Year Title RatingReleases
2003 Time for Heroes 1
2003 I Get Along 1
2003 Don't Look Back Into the Sun 1
2004 What Became of the Likely Lads 2

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