Biography

Dirty Pretty Things were an English band fronted by Carl Barat, a member of The Libertines. The formation of the band was announced in September 2005, after a dispute between Barat and Pete Doherty led to the breakup of The Libertines in 2004. Barat had worked with Vertigo Records and had previously revealed that his new project was with the label. Didz Hammond announced he was leaving the Cooper Temple Clause to join the band alongside Libertines drummer Gary Powell and guitarist Anthony Rossomando, who had filled in for Doherty following his departure from The Libertines. They played their first shows in October 2005 in Italy and Paris, France. They announced their split on 1 October 2008 and played their final shows during November.

After adopting the name to Dirty Pretty Things, problems arose - a four-piece band from Salisbury had been playing as "Dirty Pretty Things" since early January 2005, claiming to have already trademarked the name in the UK' the two groups came to an agreement over the name, and the other band was renamed Mitchell Devastation. An Australian band had been playing under "Dirty Pretty Things" since 2003, although it also opted to change it. The name was shared by Barat's club nights in venues throughout London; they assumed the name "Bright Young Things" to avoid confusion.

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Carl Barat hints at Dirty Pretty Things reunion

Carl Barat hints at Dirty Pretty Things reunion

'Maybe we can do a gig someday,' says the former Libertine on Facebook.

  • Feb 23, 2013

Dirty Pretty Things members launch London club

'Younger Than Yesterday' starts this Sunday

  • Mar 31, 2009

Dirty Pretty Things' Carl Barat: 'I was too idealistic'

Band give final interview after last gig to NME.COM

  • Dec 21, 2008

Dirty Pretty Things play final show

Carl Barat and co bow out graciously in London

  • Dec 21, 2008

Dirty Pretty Things announce last ever gig details

Carl Barat and co will wrap things up before Christmas

  • Dec 8, 2008

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Leeds & Reading walk on 2008

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Romance At Short Notice

  • Jun 19, 2008

Snowbombing 2008

Dirty Pretty Things choose Bestival–On-Ice for their live return. Austria (March 31 – April 6)

  • Apr 18, 2008

Dirty Pretty Things: Waterloo To Anywhere

Carl’s new gang put the past – and Pete – behind them on their classic debut

  • Apr 21, 2006

Dirty Pretty Things: Bang Bang You’re Dead

What did you expect?

  • Apr 13, 2006

Dirty Pretty Things: The Cockpit, Leeds: Friday March 3

The Libertines may be no more, but the search for Arcadia continues

  • Mar 24, 2006

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