miercuri, 6 august 2008

Cover Story - Babyshambles - Shotters Nation

As you probably know already, Sziget festival is on its way so dont be surprised if I'll post more often about The Killers or Babyshambles.
Today, we're talking about Babyshambles' latest album and the controversy surrounding it.
At first glance the artwork may appear innocuous. The funny thing is that as you do read Pete's lyrics trying to figure out terms like 'Arcadia' and 'Albion', along with finding out who Umberto Eco is, the cover art renders itself a likely candidate as a platform for Pete's wildest poetic inspirations.
The cover's back picture depicts Henry Wallis' 'The Death of Chatterton'. Thomas Chatterton, a young poet who killed himself, apparently because the English literary world has shown nothing but apathy towards his work, has been likened to Doherty. On 24 August 1770, Thomas Chatterton retired for the last time to his attic in Brook Street, carrying with him the arsenic which he drank, after tearing into fragments whatever literary remains were at hand. He was only seventeen years and nine months old.

And now about the controversy I was talking about. The image of Kate Moss’s behind has been removed of the cover of the Babyshambles album Shotters Nation and been replaced with a unknown posteria.
Kate did feature in lingerie on the front cover but Babyshambles management team have pulled the image fearing Moss will sue them now that she and Pete Doherty have split up.
The Sun : “The pictures of Kate were amazing. But no one knew who owned the copyright to them. After their nasty split they didn’t want to risk Kate or Agent Provocateur trying to sue them for using her image on the cover. The decision to change the pictures wasn’t something Pete’s management or the record company took lightly. But a decision needed to be made. They wanted the album out before the band’s arena tour in November.”