Understandably, discussion of the Reading and Leeds festival bill has been dominated by one long-overdue piece of news.
Yes, The Libertines are back. So to celebrate we have compiled our favourite clips of Pete and the boys for your viewing pleasure. Bring on August Bank Holiday weekend.
What Katie Did
Dancing topless amidst a pop art background, here Kate Moss fuels (mistaken) rumours that she is the inspiration behind one of the Libertines’ most melancholic moments by starring in this rarely seen video.
What Became Of The Likely Lads
Poignantly documenting the breakdown of Pete and Carl’s relationship, the final single released by the band has an equally emotional promo.
Carl Barat performs ‘France’ for Rolling Stone
Originally appearing as a ‘secret’ track at the end of the second album, this romantic number is given a rare live outing by Carl Barat in an intimate acoustic performance.
‘Time For Heroes’ on Channel 4
Eternally restless when interviewed, here the boys shun answering questions in favour of exhibiting their Morris dancing skills – before the clip cuts to a terrific rendition of ‘Time for Heroes’.
Zane Lowe interview
In a similar vein comes this lengthy clip from Zane Lowe’s Gonzo show, in which the needlessly chummy Kiwi is made to look a right plonker by a restless pair of Libertines.
Brazilian TV interview
This poor Brazilian TV host fares little better, with bassist John Hassall appearing to have absolutely no interest in his generic line of questioning.
‘Can’t Stand Me Now’ on Jonathan Ross
Jonathan Ross’ chat show has provided few magical music moments, but this is a rare gem – with Pete and Carl trading icy glares whilst delivering an affecting performance of their ode to lost friendship.
100 Greatest Albums
Less than two years after its release, The Libertines’ self-titled second album was named by Channel 4 as one of the greatest of all time- this clip from that countdown finds Carl detailing the strain of coping with Pete’s drug problems.
NME Awards acceptance speech
Having won the ‘Best UK Band’ accolade at the 2004 NME Awards, Pete initiates a typically offbeat acceptance speech by reciting Siegfried Sassoon’s A Simple Soldier Boy.
In the tour van
Appearing as an extra on their Boys In The Band DVD is this clip compilation – clearly under the influence, the band lead a sing-along before hilariously failing to conduct a telephone interview.