It’s always a shame that I have to write twenty other posts before I can finally make time for ‘U’. But that is the way of an A-Z challenge. As much as I would like to put ‘U’ first, it just wouldn’t be proper.
U is for Up The Bracket
By the time I got into the Libertines, they were no more. I somehow missed them at the peak of their powers, which I think is quite possibly because it was a very short-lived period and I was living in Paris at the time so not quite as up-to-date with the UK music scene as I might otherwise have been. As living in Paris remains pretty much the highlight of my pre-marital life, I would have to say that je ne regrette rien.
But the Libertines were probably one of the most exciting UK acts of the early noughties and I do feel I missed out a bit. It’s surely just a matter of time before the period between the release of their first album in 2002 and their subsequent disintegration in 2004 becomes the subject of a biopic. I’d watch that movie.
They have, of course, reformed, and released a comeback album in 2015 that was far better than anyone had any right to expect. And both Pete Docherty and Carl Barât have hardly been idle in the intervening years.
But much as I am a fan of much of the subsequent material, it would be hard for any of it to top their 2002 debut album Up the Bracket.
And no track encapsulates the magic of that record better than Time for Heroes.