I'd be interested to read what peoples' opinions on Pete Doherty are here.
He's certainly an enigmatic character, with huge creative tallent that puts him at the front of the pack of current British rock stars, and also the
well documented crack and heroin addictions, and everything that goes wih it, which makes you feel he could self destruct at any moment.
He seems to be in the tabloids on a daily basis, mostly for either his misdemeanours, or his on/off engagement to supermodel Kate Moss. Most people
seem to have a tabloid fed opinion on the man, but without being familiar with the music he's been involved with.
Personally, I form my opinion on his music, after all he is a singer and musician, not a tabloid commodity. And I think his music is fantastic, the
best of this decade, and he is a phenominal, riveting, engaging performer on stage too.
So what do you all reckon, smack-head loser, or troubled genius?
*some background info for if you're not familiar:
He was part of a group called The Libertines
in the early part of this decade. They were
as the saviours of British rock, mixing classic punk sounds with an indie rock
vibe, poetic lyrics, and anarchic live shows, and have paved the way for a new wave of excellent British bands. The Libertines self destructed in 2004
though, after 2 albums, mainly due to Pete's life style.
Ironically, of all the band mambers, it is Pete who has enjoyed the most post-Libertines success, with his new band
. They've had 2 top ten singles, a triumphant Glastonbury appearance, and fervent adulation from
fans - and thats without releasing an album.
Check these essential tracks on any download site: -
What A Waster
Up The Bracket
Time For Heroes
Don't Look Back Into The Sun
Cant Stand Me Now
What Became Of The Likely Lads?