The Libertines (US) may have hailed from Cincinnati, but they conquered the...well, pretty much just Cincy to be honest. (Note, this is not the same Libertines that you heard about throughout the 90s-00s). In a more perfect universe, this quartet would be spoken of in the same breath as REM or the myriad of clangy left-of-the-dial acts that made modest mainstream inroads. "Jingle, jangle, crunch!" as the wise Jack Rabid once described them. Over the course of their original mid-to-late '80s lifespan the Libertines cranked out two albums and a couple of singles, the latter of which are where these two featured tracks are culled from. If the vinyl noise is a little too hard on your ears, you're in luck. Both numbers and nineteen other vintage cuts are available on the Libertines' Greatest Hits CD, which can be snatched up for a bargain over at CD Baby, and from what I understand iTunes as well. Well worth the investment. The Libertines played several reunion shows over the past four years, and are scheduled to make one more go of it in New York this July. Click the first link above for their Myspace page.
A. Voices From the Past
B. Something in the Water