Back in April, The Libertines announced they were to “share a series of videos over the coming weeks to entertain household fans,” having already shared several unheard demos and videos, the band have now released a super rare, early clip of the band playing live in London in 1999.
𝚆𝚎'𝚟𝚎 𝚍𝚎𝚌𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚘 𝚜𝚑𝚊𝚛𝚎 𝚊 𝚜𝚎𝚛𝚒𝚎𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚟𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚘𝚜 𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚠𝚎𝚎𝚔𝚜 𝚝𝚘 𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚝𝚊𝚒𝚗 𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚜𝚎𝚑𝚘𝚕𝚍 𝚏𝚊𝚗𝚜 – 𝚜𝚘𝚖𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚖𝚊𝚢 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚜𝚎𝚎𝚗 𝚘𝚛 𝚑𝚎𝚊𝚛𝚍 𝚋𝚎𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚎, 𝚙𝚕𝚞𝚜 𝚜𝚘𝚖𝚎 𝚎𝚡𝚌𝚕𝚞𝚜𝚒𝚟𝚎𝚜. pic.twitter.com/39QVM9g2wZ
— Libertines (@libertines) April 28, 2020
Two years after forming and three years before the British band released their seminal debut record Up The Bracket in 2002, the footage shows Pete, Carl & co at legendary London club night, Blow Up, rattling through an early rendition of their 2004 track Music When The Lights Go Out and a second, unreleased song known by fans as The Domestic. With Pete and Carl’s back-and-forth, John Hassell’s perfectly louche bass and a hint at the chaos that was to come, the footage is a collector’s item well worth having.
Watch the clip below.