Callum’s 30 Day Song Challenge #19: A Song From Your Favourite Album
April 15, 2011
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Time for Heroes – The Libertines
The album is Up the Bracket. But it’s more than the album that I love about this band. The Libertines always had more energy and showmanship than other performers, and the bands these days could take lesson or to from Pete and Carl and co. In my opinion, Pete Doherty is the last rock-star. A lot of bands these days are too image conscious, unwilling to piss off the media and the people. Not Pete. He’s the kind of guy who walks into court with a bag of heroin and as scandalous affairs with supermodels. But along with this, there was the music.
I’ve always thought Up the Bracket slightly shaded their self-titled, mainly due to this song and I Get Along. But the whole album is brilliant. The songwriting combination Doherty/Barat is probably my second favourite combination, behind Lennon/McCartney, but comparing the two gets difficult. Time for Heroes is questions the current English population – “there are fewer more distressing sights than that of an Englishman in a baseball cap” – and more-or-less states it is a time for heroes to take control.
But as I’ve already stated, The Libertines were made by their energy and showmanship, and the songwriting was just an added positive.