LIBERTINES TAKE THE MICK

Mick Jones twiddles the knobs on the London four-piece's first effort...

THE LIBERTINES’ debut album has been produced by legendary singer and guitarist MICK JONES of Clash.

Jones, who famously co-wrote much of Clash’s material with Joe Strummer and sang their classic single ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’, called NME.COM last week to bring us up to date with his latest protégés: “I heard about them through a friend of mine who said they were playing round the corner from me. Then Rough Trade got in touch with me and asked whether I wanted to go down and meet them. They sent me a CD of their stuff and I thought it was really good – otherwise I wouldn’t have done it.”

Comparing The Libertines to Clash, Jones said: “They’re a London rock ‘n’ roll group, which obviously appeals to me. They’re very good lyrically too. They do remind of Clash a little bit. There are the same elements, you know four guys in the band, the tunes are really good, you can’t help but get sucked in.”

Singer/guitarist Pete Doherty told NME.COM: “He just turned up in the studio and within half an hour he had a ‘What A Waster’ badge on and was drinking a can of lager. We didn’t know much about him. But over the last few weeks we’ve been listening to lots of Clash.”