My iPod #262: Babyshambles – Delivery

“Delivery” was the first single from “Shotter’s Nation“, the second album by Pete Doherty’s post-Libertines band Babyshambles.

The song was important enough that its music video premiered on Channel 4 at a ridiculous time when a lot of people were bound to be asleep including myself. So I didn’t see it until the next day, when it was repeated many times on MTV2.

Being the first new piece of material the band had released since “The Blinding EP”, and their first new song I’d heard since the slow and pretty tame track “Love You But You’re Green“, “Delivery” did not disappoint.

Alongside a riff that sounds like an early Kinks track is an earnest lyric from Doherty. He’s not feeling great – forlorn and frozen beneath the summer, in his words – and so to relieve the strain he writes this song – the delivery – that comes from the bottom of his heart. I guess this was his way of stating what he was really going through while everyone was going on about his drug abuse and legal problems. All very sad. I like it.


Author: Jamie Kyei Manteaw

An English student at Coventry University who spends most days listening to music (old and new) and reading and writing about it, however informal it may be. And studying too, obviously.

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