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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.   Albion
  5.   The Blinding
  6.   Fuck Forever
  7.   Lost Art of Murder
  8.   In Love with a Feeling
  9.   The 32nd of December
  10.   You Talk
  11.   Unstookie Titled
  12.   Killamangiro
  13.   My Darling Clementine
  14.   I Wanna Break Your Heart
  15.   Time For Heroes
  16.   Don't Look Back Into The Sun
  17.   I Mean You No Harm
  18.   Bundles
  19.   After Hours
  20.   The Very Last Boy Alive
  21.   Stranger in My Own Skin
  22.   Cuckoo
  23.   Minefield
  24.   Seven Shades
  25.   Picture Me in a Hospital
  26.   Penguins
  27.   Dr. No
  28.   Sequel to the Prequel
  29.   Maybelline
  30.   Farmer's Daughter
  31.   New Pair
  32.   Nothing Comes to Nothing
  33.   Fireman
  34.   Video - Fuck Forever (Clean Version)
  35.   We Like to Boogaloo
  36.   Revelations
  37.   F**k Forever
  38.   Lost Art of Murder/The Good Old Days
  39.   Bonus Material
  40.   [CD-Rom Track]
  41.   Deft Left Hand
  42.   Baddie's Boogie
  43.   There She Goes
  44.   French Dog Blues
  45.   Crumb Begging Baghead
  46.   Side of the Road
  47.   Unbilotitled
  48.   Carry on Up the Morning
  49.   Making Time by The Creation
  50.   Mornington Crescent by Belle And Sebastian
  51.   Iwe by Noisettes
  52.   To the Bone
  53.   New Boy in Town by Cazals
  54.   Their Way by The Litt'lans
  55.   Wolfman
  56.   Janie Jones
  57.   Flop House (Bonus Track)
  58.   What Katy Did
  59.   Kilimangiro
  60.   Love You But You're Green
  61.   Beg, Steal or Borrow
  62.   Sedative
  63.   Do You Know Me
  64.   Man Who Came To Stay
  65.   Merry Go Round
  66.   Up the Morning
  67.   Loyalty Song
  68.   Back from the Dead
  69.   What Katy Did Next
  70.   Pentonville
  71.   8 Dead Boys
  72.   Sticks and Stones
  73.   Pipedown
  74.   A'rebours
  75.   La Belle et la Bête
  76.   Kllamangiro