The Libertines


Someone really should check these guys out if they're, like myself, mildly impressed with bands like The Strokes or The Hives, or any of those clones. And I do say mildly impressed, compared to bands of yore none of these new band can even match. But in such a terrible time for music you have to settle for mediocirty if that even dares to show up somewhere. The Libertines have the same feel as all those new English bands, but more talent surprisingly. There's actual time changes and stuff too. While their whole anti-capitalism, anti-establishment thing seems like they're breaking their leg jumping on the bandwagon rather than backing up their views with actual knowledge of these subjects, it's always good to just hear some "Damn the man!" anger. I mean, after all, most, if not all, bands who take on a political tone, or try to throw politics into the fray, don't know what the Hell they're talking about anyway. But that's besides the point: The Libertines acually present a semblance of skill and their CD is worth listening to. With new music sucking as much as it does even an okay band seems amazing. It's quite sad, really. Just think about how many great bands are only alive in the memories of Gen X'ers and there's this incredible "Lollapalooza Museum" of artists(relics of a dead age, perhaps) that would blow away anything on the radio nowadays. Maybe it's nostalgia, maybe it's the ability to outplay almost anyone on the radio nowadays, or maybe it's too much wine, but something pisses me off about new music. Remember when music was good, I mean so good that you would actually want to go home and turn on the radio after school? Remember concerts giving you goosebumps? Anyone over the age of... probably about 20 or so knows what I'm talking about. The rest of you, I'm sorry for wasting your time, but don't worry - Good Charlotte will be back on MTV soon.

>>By General Tso's Puppet   (Saturday, 22 Mar 2003 08:54)

I can't believe nobody has written anything about The Libertines since General Tso's Puppet's comment, which I've gotta say, in my opinion, is a good point about The Libertines but an ill-informed one about todays music audience. Yes, its true that the older you get, the fonder you are of the music you grew up with. Just like anything you grow up with but the truth is that years from now, todays bands will be considered legendary. Admittedly I prefer old music to what we have now but I'm not an elitist who says old bands are good, new bands are shit. I just listen to what speaks to me & its great. Why categorise yourself as a Metal fan, Rap fan, Rock fan etc...? Its sad that so many people throw themselves into a slot & exclude themselves from so much. Anyway, went on a bit of a tangent there. Sorry! The Libertines are a great band, and seriously need checking out. Don't Look Back Into The Sun is a great track to listen to if you get the chance. If you're reading this, use the next 10 mins to try & find somewhere that will let you download a track by them. You might as well.

>>By BEN HOLLYWOOD   (Tuesday, 10 Feb 2004 21:00)

Why put yourself in a slot indeed.Keep the old ears open to new and old alike,thats my moto.And it has served me well,i still enjoy the old classics from the stones to smiths,kinks to sultans of ping ,and more.But there are as many good bands now as ever.Like british sea power,cooper temple clause,snowpatrol. To many to mention ,try it you might like it.I too cant believe nobody wants to talk about the libert's,wha gwan?

>>By supfur charminman   (Wednesday, 28 Apr 2004 22:06)

i love the libertines! i wanna talk about them... :( hey i alos love thingies new band baby shambles hmmm i think the thing with old music is that only the best of it is played or remembered the rest, like the crap stuff ppl to day will be, is forgotten...
im only 14 and i still love aloada old stuff some people my age have never eve heard of.. music should be made to last not for a ,month or however longit stays in the charts but so that people still want to hear it 20 years on...

>>By Beth88   (Friday, 17 Dec 2004 17:23)

the best part of discovering music for the first time is hearing it when it's not the popular or on the charts. all you have to do is dig a little. so when i'm alone and listening to an album that came out 20 years ago it's as fresh and full of life for me. the music is always here for you, for me

>>By giambotta   (Friday, 17 Dec 2004 21:13)

I think that 'Cant Stand Me Now' is one of the greatest songs ever written. With verses that are better than most bands chorus'... they are just so class.....jeez.........

>>By emer   (Thursday, 6 Jan 2005 23:13)

Yes, "Can't stand me now" is great, but I also love "Time for Heroes", "Don't look back into the sun" nad "What a waster"...

>>By Tinka   (Monday, 30 May 2005 11:00)

One of the things that Babyshambles have proved is that the charm of the Libertines was pretty much exclusively down to Pete Doherty's talent as a songwriter. It seems the magic came from the partnership of Doherty and Barat, Pete struggles on a in (baby)shambolic way but from the remaining Libertines there is nothing to be heard.
I sympathise to a degree with General's view on the music of today...and I blame punk for that. Introducing the idea that "anyone can do it" is the worst thing imaginable, the fact is that NOT everyone can do it and each time I see Oasis I get a vision of a half-built house and five sets of abandoned tools. Get another job lads, you SUCK at this one. True, most of the music I hold dear belongs to my parents' genration (Floyd, Dylan, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison) but we have Neil Hannon, possibly the most intelligent , esoteric and talented writer of pure pop music ever to exist. And I'm so thoroughly cheered by the fact that Franz Ferdinand's new album is even better than their debut, full of diversity and growth. Here is a band who are putting their influences to creative and worhtwhile use instead of just turning out feeble imitations of their idols in a Gallagher stylee. The cream is there, it just doesn't rise so easily these days, you have to search for it.
I was talking about the Libertines, wasn't I. I'd definitely count them as a jewel in the mire of modern music. It's starting to seem less and less likely that there'll ever be a reunion, and seeing Pete Doherty these days gives me nothing but sadness. He's fast approaching the dangerous age of 27 when so many of his predecessors met their end. I hope and pray that he doesn't end up succumbing to the ultimate rock n roll cliche, because it won't seem remotely glamourous or attractively tragic to me, just a horrible and miserable waste of a huge talent. "Can't Stand Me Now" is a song I find very poignant and moving, the day may come where it is too impossibly painful to listen to. Let us hope not.

>>By Lupetta   (Monday, 14 Nov 2005 15:08)

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