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The Libertines – The Libertines (2004)

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[Album 569/1001]

“The T-shirt is everything.”
– Jason Lee, as the lead singer in the film Almost Famous

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When I visited Camden Market in 2004, I giddily stocked up on band Ts that were unavailable in Canada.

Alas, I didn’t become a fan of The Libertines until 2005.

But I thought, who knows, maybe they’ll have a Libertines shirt at the local mall music store.

I ask the store employee, “do you have any Libertines t-shirts?”

The reply: “do you mean Silverstein?”

I think that was her way of saying no.

But I found it quite amusing that someone would go to a store to purchase a band t-shirt for a group name that they couldn’t quite remember!

The t-shirt is everything, even if you can’t remember the band name you seek.

So after striking out at the mall, I made my first ever online clothing purchase.

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Ryans24Bday 021Celebrating my friend Ryan’s birthday in 2006

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Bonus marks if you can name ‘the other guys‘ in The Libertines.

They’re potentially my favourite ‘new’ band (with the qualifier ‘new’ meaning the debut album was released after the year 2000).

That being said, apparently I’m not the well-read superfan of groups that I once was.

In this case, I might have gotten the drummer’s first name, but that’s about it.

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Chatting with Holly in 2010

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Perhaps I can be forgiven for not being more informed about the drummer & bassist here.

At least in Almost Famous, the other band members may have been relegated to the background (and out of focus), but they were still in the picture.220px-Libertines-album.jpg

With The Libertines, the rhythm section is nowhere in sight (and I imagine they were similarly banished from this album’s accompanying t-shirts).

But fortunately for us, the listeners, the t-shirt wasn’t everything to the rhythm section.

Despite the lack of recognition, each certainly makes valuable contributions to The Libertines, specifically on The Libertines.

So my sincere congratulations if you remembered the other Boys in the Band, Gary Powell & John Hassall.

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Multitasking with Becca in 2014

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Instead, it’s clear from the cover, this would be the Carl Barât and Pete Doherty show.

Not being from the UK, I was likely fortunate to have missed out on most of the hype surrounding the group (not to mention the off-stage shenanigans).

But as a sucker for the dual lead singer format, regardless of how poorly they work together in person, these likely lads sound terrific together here.

When singing independently, each is in fine form; Music When the Lights Go Out is among Doherty’s stronger compositions & Barât’s tip of the hat to Dorian Gray, Narcissist, is as toe-tapping as it gets.

Although it’s perhaps the jointly sung bookends, with the call & response vocals, that are the most revealing and as a result, the most significant.

Can’t Stand Me Now opens the album, musically upbeat, but lyrically grim, acknowledging the current, less-than-optimal, state of the Barât/Doherty relationship.

The closer, What Became of the Likely Lads, summarizes their unfulfilled potential, “what became of the dreams we had…now we’ll never know”

And in my case, what became of the likely T-shirt?

Well, it’s hanging on.

But maybe not holding up quite as well as the music does here.

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Having a quick staring contest with Rachel in 2017

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Happy belated birthday to my friend Ryan Lang, who I can only assume was the inspiration for the What Katie Did lyric on this album, “shoop-shoop-shoop-de-Lang-a-Lang!”

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Rachel Anne Stephen

Rachel Anne Stephen arrived yesterday morning!

Both the wonderful mom & 7lbs+11oz of cute baby are doing well – and her big sisters are pretty excited too!

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I’m a lucky guy, living with so many awesome gals!

Artist of the Week – Quiz #38

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Artists of the week (so far): Brian Eno, U2, Stevie Wonder, Everything But The Girl, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, CSNY, Bob Marley, Miles Davis, Pavement, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Leonard Cohen, Marianne Faithfull, Cream, James Taylor, The Eagles, The B-52s, LL Cool J, The Dictators, Judas Priest, Johnny Cash, Alice Cooper, Bob Dylan, Christina Aguilera, Jane’s Addiction, The Doors, The Beta Band, Talking Heads, Bee Gees, Megadeth, The Ramones, Guns n’ Roses, The Libertines, B.B. King, Beck

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My thanks to all who have participated in the “Artist of the Week” quizzes so far.

Congrats to all those who correctly identified Beck last week.

The results after 37 weeks (as of Monday afternoon, later entries to be adjusted next week!):

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Ready for Quiz #38?

Y’all ready for this?

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Quiz Rules/Format
(feel free to skip to the quiz if you know the rules already)

Your Task: Name the mystery Artist, ideally with as few clues as possible.

Correctly guess the artist on the first clue? 500 points.

After scrolling down to the second clue? 400 points.

Still don’t know after the fifth clue? 0 points, but a crisp high-five for participating.

I’ll use google translate to put the correct answer at the bottom in Arabic (if you read Arabic, that’s fantastic, but no cheating by reading ahead!) and you can translate it back to the language of your choice to confirm your answer.

In the comments, please enter your POINTS earned (not the artist name) and I’ll keep track of the running totals in a spreadsheet.

In addition to eternal bragging rights, the winner at the end of the year may even get something as prestigious as a digital certificate.

Here goes!

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Artist of the Week #38
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points……………….. In a somewhat less than effusive description of the band, according to writer Chuck Klosterman, this artist “is the (cuss)iest (cuss)ing band I’ve ever heard in my entire (cuss)ing life…they sound like a mediocre photocopy of Travis (who sounds like a mediocre photocopy of Radiohead)…their greatest (cuss)ing artistic achievement is a video where the blandly attractive frontman walks on a beach on a cloudy afternoon.”

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400 points………………..In the tradition of highly effective but largely under-recognized rhythm sections, Guy Berryman and Will Champion have been playing the bass and drums for this group since the late 90s

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300 points…………………They have 2 albums on the 1001 list: Parachutes & A Rush of Blood to the Head

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200 points………………….Guitarist Jonny Buckland and frontman Chris Martin round out the quartet.

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100 points………………..The artist is C_____

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Answer: لعب بارد

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

My eventual review of the band will be considerably kinder than Mr. Klosterman’s!

Artist of the Week – Quiz #37

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Magnificent logo by Sarca @ caughtmegaming

Artists of the week (so far): Brian Eno, U2, Stevie Wonder, Everything But The Girl, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, CSNY, Bob Marley, Miles Davis, Pavement, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Leonard Cohen, Marianne Faithfull, Cream, James Taylor, The Eagles, The B-52s, LL Cool J, The Dictators, Judas Priest, Johnny Cash, Alice Cooper, Bob Dylan, Christina Aguilera, Jane’s Addiction, The Doors, The Beta Band, Talking Heads, Bee Gees, Megadeth, The Ramones, Guns n’ Roses, The Libertines, B.B. King

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My thanks to all who have participated in the “Artist of the Week” quizzes so far.

Congrats to all those who correctly identified B.B. King last week.

The results after 36 weeks:

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after 36

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Ready for Quiz #37?

Hey ho, let’s go!

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Quiz Rules/Format
(feel free to skip to the quiz if you know the rules already)

Your Task: Name the mystery Artist, ideally with as few clues as possible.

Correctly guess the artist on the first clue? 500 points.

After scrolling down to the second clue? 400 points.

Still don’t know after the fifth clue? 0 points, but a crisp high-five for participating.

I’ll use google translate to put the correct answer at the bottom in Arabic (if you read Arabic, that’s fantastic, but no cheating by reading ahead!) and you can translate it back to the language of your choice to confirm your answer.

In the comments, please enter your POINTS earned (not the artist name) and I’ll keep track of the running totals in a spreadsheet.

In addition to eternal bragging rights, the winner at the end of the year may even get something as prestigious as a digital certificate.

Here goes!

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Artist of the Week #37
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points……………….. Although this difficult-to-categorize American solo artist is typically known mononymously, the last name of his stage name is Hansen.

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400 points………………..Instead of releasing an album containing his new recordings, in 2012, this artist released 20 new songs as a book of sheet music named Song Reader.

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300 points…………………He has 3 albums on the 1001 list: Odelay, Sea Change, and Guero

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200 points………………….He appeared in the 2017 film The Circle, as himself

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100 points………………..The artist is B_____

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Answer: الى الخلف

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

In the google translation from Arabic back to English, pretend the ‘a’ is an ‘e’ – the attempted direct translation of his stage name resulted in ‘rivulet!’

Ray Price – Night Life (1963)

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“We hope that you can just kinda, sit back, kick off your shoes, relax just a little bit, and listen to our latest album. And if you like it, tell us about it won’t you.”
– Ray Price, Introduction and Theme (opening track on Night Life)

They say (listening) context is everything.

So with Night Life, I thought I’d follow Ray’s advice.

And by following his step-by-step recommendations, I think it only enhanced my listening experience!

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The intro here brought back fun memories of The Offspring’s Time to Relax from Smash.

Though I don’t think I would ever have openly admitted to liking country music at the time of Smash, today I’m happy to openly admit that I really enjoyed the gentle, pedal-steel infused sounds of Night Life.

Artist of the Week – Quiz #36

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Magnificent logo by Sarca @ caughtmegaming

Artists of the week (so far): Brian Eno, U2, Stevie Wonder, Everything But The Girl, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, CSNY, Bob Marley, Miles Davis, Pavement, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Leonard Cohen, Marianne Faithfull, Cream, James Taylor, The Eagles, The B-52s, LL Cool J, The Dictators, Judas Priest, Johnny Cash, Alice Cooper, Bob Dylan, Christina Aguilera, Jane’s Addiction, The Doors, The Beta Band, Talking Heads, Bee Gees, Megadeth, The Ramones, Guns n’ Roses, The Libertines

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My thanks to all who have participated in the “Artist of the Week” quizzes so far.

Congrats to all those who correctly identified The Libertines last week.

The results after 35 weeks:

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after 35

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Ready for Quiz #36?

Fantastique!

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Quiz Rules/Format
(feel free to skip to the quiz if you know the rules already)

Your Task: Name the mystery Artist, ideally with as few clues as possible.

Correctly guess the artist on the first clue? 500 points.

After scrolling down to the second clue? 400 points.

Still don’t know after the fifth clue? 0 points, but a crisp high-five for participating.

I’ll use google translate to put the correct answer at the bottom in Arabic (if you read Arabic, that’s fantastic, but no cheating by reading ahead!) and you can translate it back to the language of your choice to confirm your answer.

In the comments, please enter your POINTS earned (not the artist name) and I’ll keep track of the running totals in a spreadsheet.

In addition to eternal bragging rights, the winner at the end of the year may even get something as prestigious as a digital certificate.

Here goes!

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Artist of the Week #36
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points……………….. Although this American artist played a Gibson ES-355, his guitar was better known as “Lucille”

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400 points………………..Born in Mississippi in 1925, he played hundreds of shows each year, with one of them (1965’s Live at the Regal) ending up on the 1001 list.

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300 points…………………Fittingly, he is known as “The King of the Blues”

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200 points………………….His first name at birth was Riley; his middle initial and last name at birth were unchanged in his stage name

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100 points………………..The artist is _._. K___

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Answer: بب الملك

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

I remember enjoying this artist’s cameo on the Fresh Prince of Belair.

I also appreciated the tip of the hat in another episode, where Uncle Phil called his pool cue Lucille!

The Allman Brothers Band – At Fillmore East (1971)

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A large thank you to my friend James Tallon for loaning me this double LP ages ago and for his patience while I took far too long before finally reviewing it!