It wasn’t supposed to be like this. This wasn’t supposed to happen. This week I was supposed to be (spoiler alert) talking about a talking hedgehog.
But sometimes something completely unexpected comes along and everything else gets completely forgotten about.
I had thought watching the other Robert Fisk be interviewed as part of a Greek film festival would be the strangest thing to happen to me during the pandemic.
Well, that was until I saw The Libertines puppet show. Yes, you read that right, a Libertines puppet show.
While other bands have kept their fans and themselves entertained in more ‘traditional’ ways with listening parties and acoustic gigs, The Libertines have created a mini-series on their YouTube channel where they are all depicted as puppets.
If you are old enough to remember Spitting Image the first time round then you are thinking along the right lines in terms of a satirical look at the music industry, while they rip the piss out of themselves.
Megafans will have seen the series already (it’s been online for about two months) but I only chanced upon it this week while looking for something else.
I’m the kind of Libertines fan who has definitely seen them play live at least once a few years ago, don’t own any of the records but love to dance to the songs in indie clubs (do you remember dancing? do you remember clubs?) so definitely not a megafan.
But even if you’re no fan at all you should definitely watch the series.
It’s a kind of ‘did this really happen or did I dream it?’ moment, a bit like when Pete Doherty ate that massive breakfast in a cafe in Cliftonville, Margate.
No-one had seen much of him for what seemed like years and then photographs emerged of him demolishing four rashers of bacon, four eggs, four sausages, hash browns, onion rings, bubble and squeak, two slices of thick bread, and a quarter-pounder burger and chips.
There was also speculation he’d eaten his coat.
Some spoilers here: Episode 1 of Skint and Minted gives people an overview of the key facts about the band – they love splitting up and reforming, Pete was more often than not off his tits on something, and starts with Pete and Carl living in a flat in Bethnal Green, doing crack and a lot of sausages.
Episode 2 takes us to 2003 and the more luxurious location of Mayfair with Pete thinking about starting a jewellery range, going out with Kate Moss – and leaving the band.
Episode 3 is set in 2020 and The Libertines are back still on the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle but working on a new project. To say anything more than this would be too much of a spoiler but I can say Pete’s massive breakfast gets an honourable mention.
I’ve shown the series (aka sent people a link saying “Is this real or am I dreaming?” to a few people now so I’m definitely not tripping, or dealing with the after effects of taking too many sausages.
It’s just a shame there are only three episodes because the world could definitely do with a few more to make 2020 more bearable.
Stay safe for another week!