Quotes

"I consider myself a Libertine all the time. At the moment this is the greatest time. The new album is breathtaking. It makes me happy and proud, playing the music and kids dancing, kids being inspired."

"The story of The Libertines starts for me when it was me, Carl Barât and Steve Bedlow sat on the side of a canal, throwing stones at a bottle and we had a game where whoever hit the bottle first with the stone got to choose the name of the band - I can't even remember who it was that hit the bottle but, yeah, from that night onwards we became The Libertines. We ended up throwing ourselves into eternity, as we called it at the time."

"You know - Arcadia? The realm of the infinity? It's a poet's corner. This is the code by which we live our lives. This is the pact we've sworn all those years ago that turned us all from enemies into companions and wayfarers and travellers on the seas of Albion. It's not a cult or a religion - it's an awareness of your surroundings; you're not gonna force yourself on anyone and, equally, no-one's gonna force themselves on you. And it's about community and pleasure. It came from a whisper through the trees. It came from a crack in the pavement. It can also come when you open a bag of crisps, or when you kick a football against a goalpost. Even if I was winding you up, it would still be true, because Arcadia and the Arcadian Dream is so deep, is so true to our hearts... There have been Arcadian gatherings over the years, but I think the best is yet to come. It can be as powerful as your imagination can allow it to be. But, it can also be as dark and twisted as your soul... Arcadia encompasses the infinite, and that's why it comforts me."

"It's that mysterious thing called hype. I've looked under every rock, and I couldn't find out what it means. Certain people hear a certain melody, and they're attracted to it. I'm in love with that feeling. We're looking for fun and adventure and a bit of redemption and somewhere to live. Everything else is a blind venture into the unknown."

"Carl was some kind of shady acquaintance of my sister's. I knew he was a twisted bastard. Then I heard him practicing, and I thought, 'Fuckin' Nora!' which means, 'Oh, my God!'"

"It's about time British kids had something in music to say was truly theirs."

"I'm not one of these people who doesn't care what people think, otherwise I'd stay in and play for the bedroom wall, but you can't force people to like your music."

"Just when you get really wound up, you turn a corner and you're somewhere else completely. You find an Arcadian glade - a glimpse of paradise in the middle of it all. And that's why you persevere. That's why you don't chuck yourself off a building or shoot yourself at the same time as someone else, like Carl wanted us to."

"Well, it's just about bein' yourself... even when you're on the dole, it's about your leather jacket. Music is the last refuge of the working class, along with football... in fact, gigs and riots are the only things left that bring about that sense of spirit and community where you can let yourself go."

"Actually I had a crush on one of my teachers at school. I was about 8 and she took advantage of it actually. It's a bit dark really. She stole my innocence. She taught me to read and write, amongst other things! In fact that's probably the most rock and roll thing I've ever done, snogging my science teacher when I was eight!"

"I don't really find anything controversial. I mean you look in the paper and you see the bodies of mutilated people, and that's controversy. Controversy isn't saying something like 'Oh I've fucked Noel Gallagher' or something.. Which I have."

"They're trying to capture forever, and a feeling that is real; that's the thing about a song you're going to be singing over and over and over again: if you're prepared to do that, it has to be worth singing, it has to have some poignancy, or even bring you to tears or make you laugh. It's always been important that any band we adore like the Velvets or The Smiths has that - it's almost as if the lyrics are impossible to separate from the melody, you know? For them, once that song has been written, you cannot change it, and it's almost like that for us. 'I Get Along', it says, 'If you get them on your side/You have a good time,' but, somehow, it used to say, 'If you roll them on their side/We all have a good time..' Lyrics mean a lot to us, and it's always been a bit of a fantasy to have people singing words back."