That sessions for Babyshambles’ debut album resulted in one of the biggest celebrity drug scandals of all time pretty much summed up the record.
Pete Doherty’s then-squeeze Kate Moss was pictured in the red-tops snorting a Belushi-sized line of charlie off the studio coffee table, but that was merely the tip of a particularly coke-sprinkled iceberg.
The band had already been kicked out of Twin Peaks Studio in north Wales before they jacked up in London, where even by Pete’s standards conditions were grotty. Guitarist Pat Walden was at his most skeletally gaunt as heroin ravaged his body, while clean rhythm section Drew McConnell and Adam Ficek tolerated Pete as shady, foil-wielding hanger-onners ducked in and out of the studio almost as frequently as needles ducked in and out of the frontman’s forearm.
The music was suitably ramshackle and unfocused – moments of brilliance such as ‘Albion’ and ‘Fuck Forever’ spiking through a smacky haze that somehow made things like a reggae duet with a nutjob inmate named ‘The General’ that Pete met in jail seem like a good idea. It wasn’t, Pete. It really wasn’t.
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Barrowland, Glasgow, Wednesday, September 4
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