Babyshambles

Babyshambles was created by Pete Doherty during his first forced absence from The Libertines, in mid 2003. He was not allowed to play with them unless he tackled his drug addictions, and so wanted a different creative outlet. He recruited an old friend and once a brief member of The Libertines Steve Bedlow, commonly referred to as Scarborough Steve, on vocals. He named the band Babyshambles, a title which had been given to him by the Queens of Noize (former bandmate Carl Barât had been similarly called Papashingles, but it was rarely used). The name comes from the UK beverage Babycham.

After some makeshift recording sessions, Pete quickly organised a gig. By this time, he had resolved to call his new band The Libertines as well, as he thought he had an equal share with Carl Barât to the name. However, the band did not show because it was the same night Pete was arrested for robbing Barât's flat. After he was charged and released, another gig was organised at the Tap'n'Tin (famously the location of The Libertines reunion gig). The band played this one, but the performance was poor and fans left disappointed. Soon after Peter was sentenced to 6 months in jail, on appeal reduced to two.

After leaving prison, Pete rejoined The Libertines, slowing any progress with his Babyshambles project. Despite that, he found time to record the band's first single Babyshambles. It was released in April 2004 on High Society Records. Less than 1,000 copies of the CD and 7" were released and both can now be found changing hands for more than £50,- on internet auction sites such as eBay. Midway through 2004, Pete again found himself out of The Libertines pending him staying clean, meaning he had more time to spend on Babyshambles. The line-up, which had been very changeable, began to stabilise with Patrick Walden on guitar, Gemma Clarke on drums and Peter Perrett's two sons, Jamie and Peter Junior on guitar and bass, respectively. Doherty organised a slew of gigs. Despite not showing up to all of them, the band gained some respect in its own right, not just off the back of The Libertines' success.

The band underwent several changes of line-up before finally stabilising during Summer 2004 with Pete on vocals, Patrick Walden on guitar, Gemma Clarke (who has now left the band) on drums and Drew McConnell on bass.

During September and October 2004 Babyshambles embarked on a UK tour culminating in two sold-out shows at the London Scala. Despite fears that Pete's performance would not be consistent, the tour sold-out and received critical acclaim. The band's second single "Killamangiro" was released November 29 2004 on Rough Trade Records and reached number 8 in the UK charts. The band embarked on another tour in December amid increasing concern about Pete's drug use. During a gig in Blackpool the band walked off stage when it became clear Peter was too intoxicated to perform and a riot broke out at the London Astoria when Pete failed to turn up for a gig.

In January 2005, Gemma Clarke quit the band, citing disagreements with the management who she considered irresponsible for failing to address Pete's obvious drug problem. She was replaced by Adam Ficek. In February 2005 Pete, along with fellow musician Alan Wass, was arrested on suspicion of assault and blackmail. It was alleged that Peter assaulted Max Carlish, a documentary maker, in a London hotel, a charge he denied. Carlish had made a documentary about Doherty entitled 'Stalking Pete Doherty'. After allegedly assaulting Carlish, Pete spent several nights in prison until £150,000 bail could be raised. After being released on bail Pete spent several weeks in a recording studio in Wales working on Baby Shambles' debut album. All charges against him were dropped in April 2005.

Work on Babyshambles' debut album continued throughout April and May 2005 with Mick Jones, who had also worked with Doherty on the producing of The Libertines' albums. The album, Down in Albion was released on 14th November, having been leaked onto the internet on 19th October. It came 10th in the Radio 1 Album Charts. The first single from the album was "Fuck Forever" and was released on August 15th,reaching number 4 on the UK Singles Chart. The second single "Albion" was released on the 28th November and came 8th in the Radio 1 Single Charts.

Babyshambles are now with major record label Parlophone, on which the band will release an EP of about five tracks within the next few months. They have also already recorded an, yet untitled, 10-track album, which is expected to be on released before Christmas, 2006.

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