Doherty: Cool Or Not?

By Rob Last edited 164 months ago
Doherty: Cool Or Not?

So the NME have finally put there money where their mouth is and named Pete Doherty as the "Cool Icon of 2004".

As you'd expect, the paper has already been accused of glamorising drug abuse by some, but to us that seems to be missing the point a bit.

We don't think drug abuse should be celebrated at all, but we have to agree with the director of Drugscope who was quoted as saying that "Fans can see when someone is messing up through heroin and crack. I haven’t seen evidence that they are influenced to take drugs because of a rock star."

What's wrong here is the NME's ever-widening editorial dichotomy, and their feeble attempts to sandwich elements of "rock 'n roll" into a magazine which is now squarely aimed at a teenage market.

Deputy Editor, Alex Needham's claim that Doherty "is a very talented musician who has become a modern-day minstrel, wandering the country playing for anyone who wants to see him." And that "There is something seductive about the idea of doomed destructive youth, which goes back to the Romantic poets." is, frankly, bollocks.

You can't compare Doherty to Cobain with a straight face, and the presence of The Others' Dominic Masters ('big brother' and neighbour to Doherty, and fellow advocator of crack) at number eleven on the 'cool list' doesn't really back up Needham's claim that "It is not a heroin addiction which makes Pete Doherty the coolest."

The bottom line here seems to be that the NME (which became lifestyle magazine a long time ago) is championing a self-constructed 'movement', which is based on even more flimsy foundations than most musical fashions.

Trying to shoehorn Pete Doherty in to the classic mould of 'crazy mixed up kid' with tragic undertones just doesn't wash, and just makes us feel sorry for the kid.

Last Updated 24 November 2004


Oh, gawd, the bleeding music press - they're always doing that! Give 'em a half-decent tune to review and the next issue is trumpeting the dicovery / labelling of a new movement. Three issues later and they go for the backlash (getting it in early to look "cool", of course) and saying it was over-hyped. And whose fault was that? This boom and bust cycle reached it's nadir when Melody Maker proudly anounced that Britpop was dead and put forward the likes of Orlando and DexDexter as the New Romantic Revival. That was the last time I bought a music paper. T*ssers.

Alex Romo

The NME has long been derided by BrandSuicide and friends for many of its crimes against culture. Doherty is a waster in need of some loving attention and a firm slap around the cheeks. He is NOT an icon of cool...

The NME would dearly love it if he really does become a cross between The Clash and Syd Barrett but he's really not been all that good; more of a diversion than anything. File under promising. And as for that Razorlight shyster...

Doherty's written a few energy-driven songs, has an admirable lack of sensitivity towards bum notes and an ear for a melody. Plus he likes The Only Ones. So all that's good, unless he winds up dead of course, in which case it isn't.

Fuck all this pied piper bullshit too - Doherty doesn't have a masterplan. There is no light at the end of the crack rainbow, kids. We can only hope he sees sense and quits the Bad Stuff.

We savaged the blatant hypocrisy of the NME here:

Happy days are here again.

Booga booga,

Alex Romo