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Formed in spring 2004, just as the Libertines were beginning to fall apart, Babyshambles became the main vessel for Pete Doherty's poetic, chaotic rock when he was ousted from the Libertines for his increasing drug use and erratic behavior. Babyshambles released their self-titled debut 7" in April 2004, and settled on the lineup of Doherty, guitarist Patrick Walden, bassist Drew McConnell, and drummer Gemma Clarke by that summer. That fall, things went relatively smoothly for the band, with a sold-out U.K. tour and the release of a second single, Killamangiro, on the Libertines' former label, Rough Trade. But by December, the band had to cancel or halt shows because Doherty was unable to perform; one of these sudden cancellations sparked a riot at the London Astoria. Clarke left the band early in 2005 and was replaced with new drummer Adam Ficek. Despite the band's ongoing tumult -- which included Doherty's arrest for allegedly assaulting and blackmailing documentarian Max Carlish (these charges were dropped that spring) -- Babyshambles began work on their first album. Teaming up with former Libertines producer Mick Jones, the band worked on the album through the spring and summer of 2005 and released the single Fuck Forever that August as a teaser for the full-length. Down in Albion was released in the U.K. that fall and Babyshambles toured in support of it, although the band canceled almost as many gigs as it actually performed. Doherty's wild behavior continued and his numerous run-ins with the law, which included being held on suspicion of stealing a car and possession of Class A drugs in early 2006, and being arrested three times in one day, made Babyshambles' existence as perilous as ever. Down in Albion was released in the U.S. that spring. The Blinding EP arrived in fall 2006. Shotter's Nation, Babyshambles' first full-length for EMI/Parlophone, arrived the following fall, boasting more polished production and focused songwriting. After a slightly shambolic European tour -- with canceled dates due to Doherty's imprisonment -- in support of Shotter's Nation, Doherty went on to release a solo album -- 2009's Grace/Wastelands -- and kick-start an acting career. The following year, the Libertines reunited for a series of well-received shows, including gigs at that year's Reading and Leeds festivals. With Babyshambles in limbo, drummer Adam Ficek departed to focus on his own project, Roses Kings Castles, with former Supergrass drummer Danny Goffey stepping in to fill his space. In early 2013, Babyshambles returned to the studio with Stephen Street to record their third album. Recruiting Stereophonics drummer Jamie Morrison to fill the empty drum stool, the band released its third studio album, Sequel to the Prequel, in September 2013. Meanwhile, the Libertines reunited again in 2014, playing sold-out shows at London's Hyde Park and Alexandra Palace, leading the band to work on another album that was due in 2015. ~ Heather Phares
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  1.   Song
  2.   Delivery
  3.   I Wish
  4.   The Blinding
  5.   Albion
  6.   Fuck Forever
  7.   In Love with a Feeling
  8.   Lost Art of Murder
  9.   You Talk
  10.   Carry on Up the Morning
  11.   Side of the Road
  12.   La Belle et la Bête
  13.   Lost Art of Murder/The Good Old Days
  14.   From Bollywood to Battersea
  15.   Killamangiro
  16.   I Wanna Break Your Heart
  17.   Don't Look Back Into The Sun
  18.   Tearaway
  19.   Gang Of Gin
  20.   After Hours
  21.   The Very Last Boy Alive
  22.   Stranger in My Own Skin
  23.   Cuckoo
  24.   Minefield
  25.   Seven Shades
  26.   Picture Me in a Hospital
  27.   Penguins
  28.   Dr. No
  29.   Sequel to the Prequel
  30.   Maybelline
  31.   Farmer's Daughter
  32.   New Pair
  33.   Fireman
  34.   Video - Fuck Forever (Clean Version)
  35.   We Like to Boogaloo
  36.   Crumb Begging
  37.   F**k Forever
  38.   Bonus Material
  39.   [CD-Rom Track]
  40.   Deft Left Hand
  41.   Baddie's Boogie
  42.   There She Goes
  43.   French Dog Blues
  44.   Unstookie Titled
  45.   Crumb Begging Baghead
  46.   Unbilotitled
  47.   Aberdeen Angus by Graham Collier
  48.   Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Saint Etienne
  49.   Iwe by Noisettes
  50.   Chinese Rocks by Johnny Thunders
  51.   New Boy in Town by Cazals
  52.   Money in My Pocket by Dennis Brown
  53.   Your Friend and Mine - Neil's Song by Love
  54.   Wolfman
  55.   Bonus Acoustic Footage
  56.   Janie Jones
  57.   Flop House (Bonus Track)
  58.   What Katy Did
  59.   Love You But You're Green
  60.   Beg, Steal or Borrow
  61.   Sedative
  62.   Do You Know Me
  63.   Man Who Came To Stay