It's 23 years since Pete Doherty queued for Oasis' Be Here Now album

21 August 2020, 17:18

Happy fans buy a Be Here Now album with a young Pete Doherty inset
Happy fans buy a Be Here Now album with a young Pete Doherty inset. Picture: 1. Staff/Mirrorpix/Getty Images 2. YouTube

Be Here Now was released on 21 August 1997 and one young future rocker was in the queue to buy it. We look into the full story behind the TV appearance.

It's 23 years since Oasis released their third studio album Be Here Now on 21 August 1997.

The album, which followed the success of Definitely Maybe (1994) and (What's The Story) Morning Glory? (1995), was their most highly-anticipated release yet, and saw hundreds of fans queue outside HMV in London's Oxford Street to buy it.

One such fan was an 18-year-old future Libertines rocker Pete Doherty, who of course happened to be interviewed by MTV while eating a croissant.

In the video, the Libs frontman proves that he's always had a way with words, and when asked to describe the Manchester band in one sentence, responds: "I subscribe to the Umberto Eco view that Noel Gallagher’s a poet and Liam’s a town crier, and I've always seen that as a perfect combination."

Then, when asked to sum them up in one word, he simply responds: "Trousers".

And who was Umberto Ecco you ask? An Italian philosopher, critic, novelist and social commentator who was born in 1932 and had absolutely nothing nothing to do with Britpop.

Still... sounds poetic, right?

Happy Oasis fans pose with a Be Here Now vinyl on 21 August 1997
Happy Oasis fans pose with a Be Here Now vinyl on 21 August 1997. Picture: PAUL VICENTE/AFP via Getty Images

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22 years later the iconic TV moment was set to take on a whole new dimension when Pete Doherty addressed the clip and his whole reason for being there.

SPOILER ALERT: It wasn't about him being an Oasis mega-fan at the time.

Speaking on Phil Taggart’s Slacker Podcast in 2019, Doherty said: "I wanna clear this one up. I was working in the Trocadero centre demonstrating wind-up frogs and I knew that there was something going on 'cause I saw TV cameras and photographers and there was a giant cardboard cut-out of Noel and Liam, so I went down there.

"I just wanted to get on the telly. Joined the queue, grabbed the cardboard cutouts, was doing these stupid 'please photograph me' things, jumping on the back of an open top bus with these cardboard cut-outs and then the next morning running to the newsagents thinking I was gonna be on the front of the newspaper with these cardboard cut-outs.."

He added: "I wasn’t queuing for an Oasis album. My sister was a big Oasis fan, and I later tuned into them and decided they were brilliant, but at the time I was far more interested in getting photographed on the back of a bus with a cardboard cut-out."

When asked about his now famous Umberto Ecco line, Doherty simply declared: "What a belter!"

QUIZ: Can you get 100% in this Be Here Now quiz?


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