If Pete Doherty wants to go to prison he’s going to have to murder someone and make sure he’s seen doing it, because this repeated heroin and crack possession is getting him nowhere. For the umpteenth time, a London judge has let Doherty off with a fine and a temporary revoking of his driver’s license in lieu of prison for possession of heroin and crack.
The singer … was arrested in April in possession of under two grams each of heroin, cannabis and cocaine just three hours after he was sentenced to two years of community service for previous drug offenses. The drugs were found in the vehicle he was in and at his home. Doherty was arrested again on Aug. 7 with a crack pipe and small amount of crack cocaine, and pleaded guilty on Aug. 18 to all five counts.
Meanwhile, in Sunday’s LA Times, Richard Cromelin likes Babyshambles’ new EP, The Blinding. “Doherty’s husky voice is the kind that hooks you with personality and attitude,” he writes, “whether biting (on the title track), whimsical (‘Love You but You’re Green’), or vulnerable (‘Sedative’), and the five songs suggest an array of antecedents – Beatles, Oasis, Pretenders, Smiths, Kinks, Clash – as they unfold with a ramshackle charm.” Maybe the London judges are fans, too.