My iPod #399: Babyshambles – Fuck Forever

“Fuck Forever” was the second single from Babyshambles’ debut album “Down in Albion”; it was the first track I’d ever heard by the band when I was about ten years old, and its music video played regularly in the mornings on MTV2 – part of its countdown in the channel’s ’10 newest/hottest tracks’ programme. Or a name similar to that.

Obviously, the song’s title was censored as well as anytime Pete Doherty uttered the word ‘fuck’ or stuck up two crooked fingers to the camera. But at ten years old, I was surprised that a song with such a title could ever be played at that time. Or even be released as a single. And I also did think that it sounded fucking awful the first time. Doherty can barely sing on this one, the part where he belts out ‘ANNNNNNNND’ for the lead-up into the final chorus cracks me up every time, and the song’s overall instrumentation has a really sloppy feel to it.

I still have those feelings today. But even at that time I grew to appreciate the track more and more. The song was actually memorable and catchy in its own shitty way. It is a beautiful mess.

This track rules. Doherty has problems, but he can write good music.

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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.

1 thought on “My iPod #399: Babyshambles – Fuck Forever”

  1. This is my favourite thing Pete Doherty has ever written, there’s something so gloriously sloppy about it all. It’s as if he set out to create a song that’s full of really irritating parts, but as a whole it somehow combines to make this loud, unhinged, catchy monster.

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