Friday, February 6, 2009
Pete Doherty on the Late Late was always going to be a disaster, but what actually happened blew my mind.
Earlier today, Doherty spoke to Hot Press writer Stuart Clarke and Trinity students (including one overenthusiastic knobhead who followed him to the RTE and "wooooooo-ed" her way through ten minutes of the Late Late show) about his love of books, his dream of studying literature, his views on Jack the Ripper, his time living in Lisburn, his female fan base (he said he was, indeed, single, in case you're interested in letting him shove one of nasty, stained, corpse-hands up your bra) and the reaction was good, it was an honest chat, it was real and it was fair.
Then he got to RTE. Rushed on first with a vague introduction, small talk of any kind was skipped entirely as Pat delved right into Doherty's drug use and chequered past, it was drugs, drugs, drugs. So the guy has a fucking drug problem, it's not like we haven't already been given a pill by line rundown by every tabloid available in Europe. I'm not even a fan of Doherty's music, but you had to feel sorry for him, he was under the impression Pat was some kind of professional, little did he know he was in the hot seat with a guy who had no idea who the fuck he was.
I thought the point of an interview was to find out something the audience didn't know, yet this dude was left struggling to understand some awkward, unsympathetic and downright rude questions about his relationship with his father while most of his answers were muffled, almost inaudible, due to the inexplicable decision of some idiot to put his mic on his hat.
As if things weren't bad enough, Pat then decided it would be a good idea to compare Doherty to Shane McGowan, apparently because, like Doherty, he's "a poet" and "has a fondness for the drink". In fairness, even Pete Doherty could see that, despite the fact Pat was laughing as he said it, there wasn't anything complimentary about that comparison.
Lucky for Pat Kenny, Pete went ahead and sang the song he'd agreed to sing, which wasn't bad, actually. Then he made a joke along the lines of "where's the guy I get my money off?", which nobody laughed at, because the Late Late Show audience are even stupider than the Late Late Show. (Stupider - it's word, I checked.)
Christ, surely even Pete Doherty is entitled to a decent interview?
What Pat Kenny DID ask Pete Doherty about
Kate Moss (painfully unanswered)
His "Irish heritage" - Pete:"Ted"
What Pat Kenny DIDN'T ask Pete Doherty about
His friendship with Amy Winehouse
Music in general
Fatherhood and his son, Astile
His modeling contract with Gio Goi and the MTV documentary about same.
His lifestyle, the guy lives in a country mansion in Wiltshire and is currenty facing eviction.
His time in prison
Keeping a low profile
The future, solo efforts
Anything of interest