The life and times of Carl Barat


News of Dirty Pretty Things split has stoked rumours that a Libertines reunion may be imminent. At the very first Libertines gig, which took place in Pete and Carl’s flat on Camden Road, the electricity ran out and a hat was passed round to collect coins for the meter. The band was fronted by someone called Scarborough Steve because, according to Carl, "neither of us had it in us to be frontmen. Still don’t."
Pic: Guy Eppel


During The Libertines 2002 ‘Albion’ tour, Carl had to throw away his
favourite pair of brogues because one of the support bands, Left Hand, had urinated in them.
Pic: Andrew Kendall


At Reading and Leeds festivals in 2006 Dirty Pretty Things drafted in an extra guitarist, The Paddingtons’ Josh Hubbard (pictured right). Carl Barat was unable to play guitar on account of a broken collar-bone. He later told NME: â



In the early days of The Libertines Carl Barat and Pete Doherty used to make money by impersonating Irishmen and dancing for tourists in London’s Hyde Park. Carl used to call himself "Seamus".
Pic: Joe Plimmer


Carl spent much of his youth living on a hippy commune in Somerset with his mother, who supported various counter-culture causes such as the Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament. Presumably this caused friction with Carl’s father, who worked in the arms industry. Barat’s itinerant upbringing is dealt with in the Dirty Pretty Things song ‘Hippy’s Son’.
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Dirty Pretty Things have enjoyed mixed fortunes in their three years together. Their debut single, ‘Bang Bang, You’re Dead’, reached Number 5 in April 2006. However, second album ‘Romance At Short Notice’ entered the UK albums chart at number 35 and left it after only two weeks.


For a short time after forming in 2005, Dirty Pretty Things went by the name The Bearded Clam Lovers Experience ("bearded clam" being slang for vagina). They assumed the name Dirty Pretty Things only after coming to an agreement with a four-piece from Salisbury who were already using the name.



In June 2008 Carl was rushed to hospital suffering from stomach pains. He was subsequently diagnosed with acute Pancreatitis. As a result he had to give up alcohol temporarily. In August he said: â


Carl Barat has a history of illness. In 2005, he underwent surgery to remove a tumour behind his ear and spent several weeks recovering from the operation. The tumour and resulting surgery left him partially deaf.

Dirty Pretty Things perform at Pentonville Prison – London

Dirty Pretty Things, pictured here with The Enemy, announced yesterday (October 1) that they have split up. Their statement said: "It is with some sadness we announce the farewell of the Dirty Pretty Things. It’s been a glorious three years which we all would gladly live out again, but it is time for us to try new things (not The Libertines).
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Channel 4 T-Mobile Transmission Filming – London

Despite anouncing their split, Dirty Pretty Things have vowed to complete their UK tour, which kicks off in Glasgow on Saturday (October 4). They told NME.COM: "We are reluctant to give up touring but will give the last waltz everything. We have and are determined to go out as we came in, after which we all have other ventures to be getting on with and splendid future plans. Heartfelt thanks to all who made it what it was, much love and we’ll see you on the road."
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Rock en Seine Festival – Paris

News of Dirty Pretty Things’ split has sparked renewed rumours that The Libertines, Carl Barat’s former band, are to reform – although Barat explicitly denied that he would be getting back together with Pete Doherty.
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Carl is a distant relative of 1940’s actor and star of the original
‘Sherlock Holmes’ films Basil Rathbone. Ironically, Carl has just
notched up his first acting role, playing Gene Vincent in the forthcoming film ‘Telstar (The Joe Meek Story)’.
Pic: Dean Chalkley


Former Libertines and Dirty Pretty Things drummer Gary Powell (pictured second left) is the brother of Hope Powell, coach of the England women’s national football team. Keep clicking for more Carl Barat-related facts.
Pic: Andy Willsher


Carl Barat, pictured here in central London, once tried to chat-up one of Sugababes at the NME Awards by telling her he was in the then-successful pop band Liberty X. It didn’t work.
Pic: Dean Chalkley


Carl Barat’s tap-dancing is legendary. He was apparently taught the art by Yeti bassist Harmony Williams, and used to perform while onstage with The Libertines.


By his own admission, Carl Barat is a heavy drinker. In May 2006 he and DPT bassist Didz Hammond appeared on the TV show Soccer AM. The pair were visibly still drunk following a post-gig celebration gig in Wolverhampton, causing fellow guest Noel Gallagher to compare Barat’s hell-raising to that of his brother, Liam.
Pic: Tom Oxley


In August 2007 Dirty Pretty Things played a gig, Johnny Cash-style, for inmates at London’s Pentonville Prison. The event had been organised by the Wasted Youth campaign to highlight the high instances of suicide amongst young men in custody.
Pic: Roger Sargent

Get Loaded in the Park

Carl was first introduced to Pete Doherty by Pete’s sister Amy-Jo, a fellow student at Brunel University in Uxbridge, where Barat was studying drama. The two future Libertines did not initially get on.
Pic: Tim Cochrane


Carl Barat is great friends with James Allan from Glasvegas â


Disputes between The Libertines could often be remarkably petty. Carl once incurred the wrath of Pete Doherty after telling his management to name one of the Libertines’ B-sides ‘The Delaney’, when it was actually called ‘Delaney’.
Pic: Roger Sargent