Pete Doherty New Album Tracks - Hear Them Now!
Besides featuring a world exclusive interview with Pete Doherty, Clash magazine's website also features exclusive album streams from Pete Doherty’s debut solo album, ‘Grace/Wastelands’.
Pete Doherty plays his Takamine...
The ex-Libertine’s first-ever album under his own name is released by Parlophone on March 16; its release will be preceded by a single, ‘Last Of The English Roses’, which is one of the three tracks you can hear below. Here are just a few highlights from the interview:
Some people might say that Babyshambles is essentially a solo vehicle, so is this a big departure from the usual for you?
I’m quite confused about what exactly it is, because for your Babyshambles aficionado, you know, I don’t wanna be offensive, but your true Libs head or a Shambles head or a Doherty head is gonna look at this list of songs and think, “Hang on, I know that one, and that one’s been around for years”.
Although a lot of the songs haven’t ever been recorded or released, they have existed for some time, but they’ve always been songs that, to be honest, I’ve never felt comfortable playing them. Whenever I’ve tried to bring them up in rehearsals or in different album sessions, they’ve just never been able to find their feet really. (Producer) Stephen Street is like an unmanned planet, if you like. He sets his stall out... I’m quite easily swayed. Not that I don’t believe in myself, but if Stephen Street turns around and says, “This is a great song and I wanna record it and it’s going on the album,” then bang, we’ll go along with it.
There are quite a few people who helped you in the making of this album.
Yeah, we’ve got Dot Allison, who is singing on ‘Sheepskin Tearaway’, which I wrote with her as well - that was 70/30 maybe. And there’s ‘A Little Death Around The Eyes’, which has got the line, “Your boyfriend’s name was Dave / I was bold and brave,” courtesy of Mr. Barat, so that’s a Doherty/Barat one in there - 80/20 I’d say, but I’m sure him and [Alan] McGee and the old firm will dispute that. John Robinson - late of The Bandits - an amazing fella, actually, as it goes.
Got a great voice. Stephen Street had him quite low down in the mix, the last I heard. He’s had a song for a while called ‘I Am The Rain’, which we used to play backstage and in hotel rooms and at bus stops back in the days when The Bandits used to play with The Libertines. I always wanted to do it, so we worked on it a bit together, changed a word, nicked a third...
To read the full interview, click here
To listen to the tracks ‘Last Of The English Roses’, ‘Broken Love Story’ and ‘Baby Don’t Fall Backwards’, which are exclusive to ClashMusic.com, click here.
Watch Video: Last Of The English Roses
Wanna Sound Like Pete Doherty?
We've covered Doherty's Libertines gear in the past, but there's his other, mellower side, which favours acoustic songs, as shown in his solo songs and performances. Here's a list of some of the guitars he's played. As usual, he's got a great taste for guitars.
Gibson J-160E, famoulsy played by The Beatles
Pete and a Takamine, which looks quite like a TSF48C - Gloss Natural
Pete Doherty and a Gibson L5. Amazing guitar...quite expensive. For a more affordable alternative, those who like the looks of it can try the Canadian-made Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin...which is an outstanding guitar, for a fraction of the price.
You can pre-order Pete Doherty's solo album now from HMV. Click here.
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