A flipside, almost, to 'Can't Stand Me Now' - the first single from the album 'The Libertines'. The lyrics, like any song, can be applied to your own life, situation etc, but it is glaringly obvious that it deals with the ever fractious relationship of frontmen Carl and Pete. It seems more light hearted in this track, but to fans of the band, it's play on the relationship, which has lead to the demise of The Libertines, is affecting. I doubt it will touch people on this level who know nothing of the former friendship of Pete and Carl, although it is, surprisingly, the favourite song of many "new" fans of The Libertines. I adivse you to buy this - as it will probably be your last chance to buy a Libertines single. Fingers crossed I am proved wrong...
'What Became Of The Likely Lads' is one of The Libertines' best songs, it closed out their second album The Libertines, and became a top 10 hit in the UK when released as a single in 2004. The track is fitting, essentially it's a happy tune, upbeat and jolly, but when you concentrate on the lyrics, you'll realise how touching it is considering the back story. The nostalgic lyrics are filled with moments of bitterness and sadness, and refer to the breakdown of the friendship between the band's vocalists/guitarist's Pete Doherty and Carl Barât, and the subsequent collapse of The Libertines.
Even if you already have the band's two studio albums, this great EP, tolling up to 22 minutes of quality music, is still worthwhile to hear the 'reworked version of this indie-classic, and for all the live tracks and alternate takes, particularly the 'Mick Jones' version the upbeat and quirky 'Don't Look Back Into The Sun'.
Track listing: 1. What Became Of The Likely Lads (Reworked Version) 2. Skag And Bone Man (Live Brixton Sat 6/3/04) 3. Time For Heroes (Live Brixton Sat 6/3/04) 4. The Delaney (Live Brixton Sat 6/3/04) 5. Boys In The Band (Live Brixton Sat 6/3/04) 6. Don't Look Back Into The Sun (Mick Jones Version) 7. What Became Of The Likely Lads (Album Version)