Babyshambles (formed 2003)
Babyshambles is an English rock band formed in London, best known for their three albums, Down in Albion (2005), Shotter's Nation (2007) and Sequel to the Prequel (2013).
Formation: The band was formed by Pete Doherty - former member of The Libertines - after he was expelled from his previous band due to drug addictions. Doherty recruited another former Libertine, Steve Bedlow, and, with the band being made-up entirely of Yorkshiremen, intended to name them T'Libertines. On the night of their first gig, Doherty was arrested for breaking into the flat of the Libertines frontman, Carl Barât. Doherty served two months in prison, before being released and re-joining The Libertines. B
Career: In April, 2004, Doherty and his potential new band released their first single 'Babyshambles' as a side project from The Libertines. A few months later, Doherty was kicked out of The Libertines for his drug use again. This time, Doherty hit back by reorganising his new band and arranging a selection of gigs for them to play. The band organised a tour through September and October of 2004, which sold out and received critical acclaim. The band released their second single, 'Killamangiro', in late November of that year. Due to a steadily increasing dependency on drugs, Doherty began to become a hindrance for the band. They had to finish a concert in Blackpool early as he was too intoxicated to perform, and one performance lead to a riot and stage invasion when he failed to appear at all. This led to the band's drummer, Gemma Clarke, quitting and being replaced by Adam Ficek of The White Sport. In 2005, the band began working on their debut studio album. Entitled 'Down in Albion', the album was released in November of that year, where it peaked at number 10 in the British album charts. The band had booked Oasis to support them on their 2005 UK tour, although Doherty missed the first performance due to attending a birthday party in another country. Oasis subsequently pulled their support for the rest of the tour. 'The Blinding EP' was released in December, 2006, to critical acclaim. In October, 2007, Babyshambles released their second album, entitled 'Shotter's Nation'. In 2010, Adam Ficek left the band to work on his own projects. He was replaced with Stereophonics drummer, Jamie Morrison, while the band worked on the recording of their third album. Entitled 'Sequel to the Prequel', the album was released in September, 2013.
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Group supporting their forthcoming third album
It’s been six years since a Babyshambles album and a good couple since they headed around the UK on tour. Have we missed them? No, not really, even despite Pete Doherty’s middling solo efforts. In fact, since the always troubled Doherty has been in France trying to kick the smack habit it’s been quite refreshing not looking into his gaunt features at every turn, his eyes like black raisins staring out of every entertainment publication possessed with the passion of nothing at all.
Well, forget about those golden days, because Pete’s back and he’s bringing the rest of the Babyshambles crew with him. That’s right, with a third album in the works, the motley lot have thrown caution to the wind and announced a full UK tour, which will kick off in Glasgow on September 4th and finish up at Bournemouth on October 21st.
As the NME reports, the sessions that had been begun by the band were initially set to result in Doherty’s second album, but have ended up becoming this new third album – the first since 2007’s Shotter’s Nation. Expect: pork pie hats, Doherty coming on stage two hours late and Libertines covers that are superior to any of the group’s original material. Or maybe they’ll surprise us…
Continue reading: Yep, You Heard Us Right: Babyshambles Announce New UK Tour
Babyshambles Monday 12th January 2009 Drew McConnell of Babyshambles at Bristol's O2 Academy. The gig, performed to raise awareness of Teenage Cancer Trust and raise money for Moonfest. Bristol, England
Adam Ficek and Babyshambles Monday 12th January 2009 Adam Ficek of Babyshambles at Bristol's O2 Academy. The gig, performed to raise awareness of Teenage Cancer Trust and raise money for Moonfest. Bristol, England
Pete Doherty, Babyshambles and Roger Daltrey Monday 12th January 2009 Pete Doherty of Babyshambles and Roger Daltrey performed a for a one off gig at at Bristol's O2 Academy. The gig, performed to raise awareness of Teenage Cancer Trust and raise money for Moonfest. Pete ended up having to walk to his car and it created such hysteria, he was well and truly mobbed. Bristol, England
Kate Moss has reportedly shelled out thousands of pounds on an anti-heroin implant for former boyfriend Pete Doherty.
The 33-year-old split up with the singer last week after claiming he cheated on her with a South African model; bringing an apparent final end to a tumultuous two-year relationship.
In a message on the Babyshambles website singer Doherty, 28, admitted his band will be "scaling down touring because it's implant time coming up soon".
And a source told the Daily Mirror that Moss recognised that her junkie ex still needed "help and support", despite the fact she feels "terribly betrayed" by his infidelity.
"Kate is very aware that Pete still has issues with drug use and doesn't want to leave him in the lurch completely," an unnamed insider told the tabloid.
"Helping him with his medical care is one thing that Kate wants to do for him."
Doherty is said to have withdrawn into his music since Moss broke up with him and changed the locks on her north London home.
"He could have gone into meltdown following the split but he is managing to hold it together," a source told the Mirror.
Continue reading: Moss 'Buys Anti-heroin Implant For Doherty'
A collection of artwork by Pete Doherty featuring the singer's own blood is to go on sale in London next week.
The controversial Babyshambles frontman could make £500,000 from the sale of 14 paintings and several prints when his Bloodworks exhibition opens at Notting Hill's Bankrobber gallery on Tuesday May 15th.
Doherty's blood-spattered canvasses are expected to fetch £50,000 each, with the other works and prints priced at £20,000 and £1,000 each respectively.
Last month Doherty, 28, teamed up on stage with former Libertines bandmate Carl Barat at one of the singer's Hackney Empire gigs.
But his friend told the Sunday Mirror that does not think the Kate Moss' junkie lover "will ever change".
"I love Pete like a brother and I am working with him again," Barat said. "But he could end up dead in a few years if he doesn't sort himself out."
Continue reading: Pete Doherty's £500k Blood Paintings
Babyshambles & Friends
There's something sexy about your favourite indie bands getting together and making a good old fashioned jamboree single. To raise money for Strummerville (Joe Strummers foundation for new musicians), Babyshambles have teamed up with The Rakes, Kooks, Guillemots, We Are Scientists, Good Books, Larrikin Love, Jamie T, Jeremy Warmsley and a whole load of others to release a cover of The Clash's classic Janie Jones. Although the artists don't have enough time to trample their mark in a 'Band Aid' fashion throughout the 2 minutes of exhilaration, all the character traits are there and mix pretty well together. It's a fun song that's convincing enough to get Pete some good press and respectable airplay as it shows him in his true bohemian milieu doing a catchy song that hopefully everybody will enjoy. There's nothing to really hate about this, except it's all too short length, but plenty to rave about. The clashing and sometimes haphazard vocals are fantastic and the rolling drums carry it through well with Pete's bouncy voice. The most exciting thing about this single however is its inclusion of Carl Barat which prompts hope for that sought after Libertine reunion.
Continue reading: Babyshambles & Friends, Janie Jones, Single Review