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Dirty Pretty Things were an Englishmarker band fronted by Carl Barât, a former member of The Libertines. The formation of the band was announced in September 2005, after a dispute between Barât and Pete Doherty led to the breakup of The Libertines in 2004. Barât had worked with Vertigo Records and had previously revealed that his new project was with the label. Didz Hammond announced he was leaving the Cooper Temple Clause to join the band alongside ex-Libertines drummer Gary Powell and guitarist Anthony Rossomando, who had filled in for Doherty following his departure from The Libertines. They played their first shows in October 2005 in Italymarker and Parismarker, Francemarker. They announced their split on October 1, 2008 and played their final shows during November.

For a brief period of time the band was named The Bearded Clam Lovers Experience, often shortened to TBCLE. After changing their name to Dirty Pretty Things, more problems arose - a four-piece band from Salisburymarker had been playing as "Dirty Pretty Things" since early January 2005, claiming to have already trademarked the name in the UK; the two groups came to an agreement over the name, and the band was renamed Mitchell Devastation. An Australian band had been playing under "Dirty Pretty Things" since 2003, although it also opted to change it. The name was shared by Barât's club nights in venues throughout Londonmarker; they assumed the name "Bright Young Things" to avoid confusion.


Formation and Waterloo to Anywhere: 2005-2006

Dirty Pretty Things began recording their first album in Los Angelesmarker, Californiamarker with high-profile producer Dave Sardy, and in Glasgowmarker, Scotlandmarker with producer Tony Doogan. "You Fucking Love It", a track from the band's debut album, was made available on a free CD with the April 1, 2006 issue of NME entitled "NME and MTV2 present Best Newbands Showcase 2006".

The band's debut album, Waterloo to Anywhere, was released on May 8, 2006, reaching number three on the music charts and receiving critical approval. The first single (and first official band release) from the album, "Bang Bang, You're Dead", was released on April 24, 2006 and reached number five in the singles chart in its first week of sales. The second single, "Deadwood", was released on July 10, 2006 and reached number 20 in the singles chart. The album's third single, "Wondering", was released on September 25, 2006 and reached number 34.

The band toured extensively in the UK during the first half of 2006. They played their first American show at the SXSW festival in Texasmarker. During the summer of 2006, the group played at several UK festivals, including the Gonville & Caius College May Ball 2006, Isle of Wight Festival, Wireless Festival, T in the Park, and the Irish festival Oxegen. The band played with the Red Hot Chili Peppers at their concerts in Ipswichmarker and Coventrymarker in July 2006. The band were supported on their debut tour of the UK by Dublin band Humanzi.

On May 13, 2006 Barât and Hammond appeared on the football show Soccer AM. The pair appeared to be drunk following a night out after a gig in Wolverhamptonmarker, causing fellow guest Noel Gallagher to compare Barat's slightly incoherent rambling to that of his brother, Liam.

Following a festival appearance in Taipeimarker, Barât broke his collarbone after falling from a motorbike during a drinking session, leading to speculation that Dirty Pretty Things would have to cancel upcoming performing dates in North America. However, the band recruited Josh Hubbard, the guitarist from Hull band The Paddingtons, to play guitar while Barât's injury healed. Barât, sans guitar and his arm in a sling, appeared on stage in Edinburghmarker's Corn Exchange on August 28 2006, as well as Reading Festival.

On 16 October 16, 2006, the band released a DVD, Puffing On a Coffin Nail, which featured more than two-and-a-half hours of concert footage and documentaries. On 25 October 25, 2006, Barât appeared as a special guest at Paul Weller's set during the Electric Proms, duetting on "Peacock Suit" and "In the City".

Romance at Short Notice: 2007-2008

The band supported Muse at their June 16, 2007 Wembley Stadiummarker show and supported the Red Hot Chili Peppers on June 24, at Goffertpark Nijmegen in The Netherlands. They also played at Glastonbury 2007 and performed several new songs. On July 22, the band supported Pet Shop Boys at the Eden Projectmarker in Cornwall, playing a slew of new songs including "Come Closer". "Radio Song" (co-written by Barât and Chris McCormack) was released as part of the OST for Run, Fat Boy, Run, on September 7, 2007 for download, and on September 10, 2007 on CD. In October the band appeared on the Love Music Hate Racism CD, which was given away with copies of the NME and also available as a download from the LMHR website . "9 Lives" was Dirty Pretty Things' contribution to the free album and was in a finished studio form (although it was recorded in guitarist Anthony Rossomando's flat in London).

The band planned to record the album in summer of 2007, to have it ready for a tentative September 2007 release, however the band were having problems with production and that the release date had to be pushed back. On May 2, 2008 the band had completed 12 tracks for their second album and later revealed the title to be Romance at Short Notice. The name is a reference to the final line in Saki's short story "The Open Window." Previously, the title This Is Where The Truth Begins had been circulated as the title of the album.

On May 12, 2008, the song "Hippy's Son" was made available for free download from the band's official website and on June 22, the band made all of the album available for free streaming on Romance at Short Notice was released on June 30, 2008, with the single "Tired of England" released a week earlier on June 23. Both, album and single, failed to reach high chart positions. The album entered the UK albums chart at number 35 and left it after only two weeks. On July 7, the band placed 4 songs available for download on Napster - "Buzzards and Crows", "Plastic Hearts", "Hippy's Son" and a cover of Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues". On July 11, the band appeared on XFM's Live From Leicester Square programme. They played "Plastic Hearts", "Bang Bang You're Dead" and a cover of Glasvegas' "It's My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry".

In May 2008, Dirty Pretty Things had their Coventry Kasbah gig filmed and later broadcast on Channelbee.


On October 1, 2008, it was announced that the band would split after a month long UK tour, beginning in Preston on October 3. In a statement, the band said it was time for them "to try new things" but added that these would not involve The Libertines.

The last Dirty Pretty Things gig, 'The Last Hurrah' was announced for December 20, 2008, at the Astoria 2 in London. Support was from The Paddingtons. The band promised 'a night to remember' and signed memorabilia to thank the loyal fans of the band.

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  1. Didz Hammond issues farewell statement
  2. Exclusive: Carl Barat's New Band Name In Dispute
  3. News From the Road
  4. Dirty Pretty Things and Pet Shop Boys - Eden Sessions
  5. Dirty Pretty Things start work on new album
  6. Dirty Pretty Things Having 'Problems' With Second Album
  7. Dirty Pretty Things | Official website | News | The title of the second album is…
  8. Dirty Pretty Things | Official website | News | Romance at Short Notice out now!Didz on 6 Music TomorrowCarl in Q Magazine this monthRomance at Short Notice reviewed in MojoPr...
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  10. Dirty Pretty Things announce new album and single | News | NME.COM
  11. Dirty Pretty Things | Official website | News | Exclusive Napster Tracks Online Now
  12. Dirty Pretty Things | Official website | News | DPT Live from Leicester Square This Friday
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