This CD was my intro to the Libertines. I'd read about their guerrilla concerts and their lack of interest in signing with a big corporate label. They weren't exactly a household word in SF, but I figured they were worth a few bucks for a five-song EP.
The recording faced heavy competition -- my CD player has been dominated by PJ Harvey and Radiohead lately. But the Libertines held their own.
The music explodes out of the speakers, combinging the charm of the early Beatles with the power of the Clash and the Sex Pistols. Like the latter, the Libertines careen along the edge of musical disaster, always on the edge of a most un-musical breakdown. But in these five recordings, they mostly dodge disaster and pull off some of the wildest rock and roll ever.
This EP is available used for rock-bottom prices -- no excuse to miss it.