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).

Babyshambles: 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.

Babyshambles: 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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8th July 2013 -


A week in music videos... It may have received bad press recently what with the video being banned from YouTube for its nude content and such, but Justin Timberlake's new song 'Tunnel Vision' is a...

Yep, You Heard Us Right: Babyshambles Announce New UK Tour

29th April 2013 -


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...

Babyshambles - You Talk

7th January 2008 -


Babyshambles You Talk Single Review Like many of you, it's difficult to talk about this band's without mentioning the troubled stance of their front man, Pete Doherty, but forgetting the turmoil it's easy to see...

Babyshambles - Shotter's Nation

22nd October 2007 -


Babyshambles Shotter's Nation Album Review (Parlophone) Without meaning to bore anyone more than is necessary - after all, the tabloids have done a good enough job as it is documenting the drug-fuelled excesses of Pete...

Moss 'Buys Anti-heroin Implant For Doherty'

16th July 2007 -


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...

Pete Doherty's £500k Blood Paintings

13th May 2007 -


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...

Babyshambles - Janie Jones

26th September 2006 -


Babyshambles & FriendsJanie JonesSingle Review 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...

Pete Doherty Boasts About His Former Career As A Rent Boy And Drug Dealer To Fuel His Addictions

17th April 2005 -


Pete Doherty, formerly of the band The Libertines, chose to reveal his past experiences as a prostitute and drug dealer in order to fuel his various addictions. Before becoming famous with The Libertines and having...

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andy_london_50s's picture


11October Babyshambles play brixton. Afterwards meet at Plan B where there is a John Peel Tribute Night - It's what he would have wanted.

9 years 2 months ago
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