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The Libertines
Rough Trade
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Release Date
September 30, 2002

Did the debut album from London dandies the Libertines live up to the hype? With the Clash's Mick Jones at the production helm, gravelly tracks such as "Horror Show" and "The Boy Looked at Johnny" rattle along like first-gen punk classics. But like the Strokes, the Libertines manage to imbue snotty garage rock with a sort of wistful romanticism that adds genuine soul to their raucous clatter. Although there's no sign of "What a Waster," the single that made their name, there's no shortage of excellent tunes here. "Boys in the Band" is an affectionate ode to a groupie, with frontmen Pete Doherty and Carl Barat hollering: "And they all get 'em out / For the boys in the band." "I Get Along" proves that these boys have a knack for penning tight, nervy songs that evoke the Jam and the Buzzcocks.

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Vertigo 2:38 Buy


  2. 2 Death on the Stairs 3:24 Buy

    Death on the Stairs

  3. 3 Horror Show 2:34 Buy

    Horror Show

  4. 4 Time for Heroes 2:40 Buy

    Time for Heroes

  5. 5 Boys in the Band 3:42 Buy

    Boys in the Band

  6. 6 Radio America 3:44 Buy

    Radio America

  7. 7 Up the Bracket 2:38 Buy

    Up the Bracket

  8. 8 Tell the King 3:24 Buy

    Tell the King

  9. 9 The Boy Looked at Johnny 2:38 Buy

    The Boy Looked at Johnny

  10. 10 Begging 3:20 Buy


  11. 11 The Good Old Days 2:59 Buy

    The Good Old Days

  12. 12 I Get Along 2:53 Buy

    I Get Along

The Libertines

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