Pete Doherty has addressed a famous TV clip which sees his younger self queuing outside HMV for the 1997 Oasis album Be Here Now.
According to The Libertines’ rocker, he was working at The Trocadero in Piccadilly Circus at the time, and he only joined the queue because he saw cardboard cutouts at of Noel and Liam Gallagher in nearby Oxford Circus and hoped he’d get photographed or appear on the news.
Speaking on Phil’s Tahhart’s Slacker Podcast, he revealed: “I wanna clear this one up. I was working in the Trocadero centre demonstrating wind-up frogs and I knew that there was something going on ’cause I saw TV cameras and photographers and there was a giant cardboard cut-out of Noel and Liam, so I went down there.
“I just wanted to get on the telly. Joined the queue, grabbed the cardboard cutouts, was doing these stupid ‘please photograph me’ things, jumping on the back of an open top bus with these cardboard cut-outs and then the next morning running to the newsagents thinking I was gonna be on the front of the newspaper with these cardboard cut-outs..
When asked about the line he came out with, in which he said: “I subscribe to the Umberto Eco view that Noel Gallagher’s a poet and Liam’s a town crier,” Doherty said: “What a belter!”
In the same podcast Pete Doberty revealed he didn’t want to listen to the Arctic Monkeys when they first came out because he heard they were good.
“The Arctic Monkeys, I just refused to listen to them,” he admitted to Taggart. “And managed to avoid them for a long long time, ’cause I heard they were good and I didn’t want to listen to them…”.