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the Libertines US

The Libertines US are from Cincinnati, Ohio USA. Formed in 1983, the original power trio consisted of Walter on guitar and vocals, Randy playing bass, and Joe beating the drums. The band started making noise around 1984 with their live radio debut.

Their debut single "Everybody Wants to be my Sister" was released later that year, becoming an alternative radio hit for college stations lucky enough to obtain a copy.
The follow-up single, "Voices from the Past" was introduced to European listeners by the late John Peel in 1986 on BBC radio.

The Libertines US set themselves apart in the alternative music scene with an interesting variety of original material. Heavily influenced by 60's music, most notably CCR, Velvet Underground, and the Stooges. The sound has been described as a blend of Replacements, Echo and the Bunnymen, and early REM. Dark pop lyrics, reverberating guitar, a thumping bass line, and driving drum beat.

After 1986, they expanded to a quartet, adding longtime friend Jimmy D on guitar, and Greg
replacing Joe on drums. The band then launched some heavier rockers to augment the earlier pop material. They toured to numerous cities in the US, and performed with major recording artists such as the Violent Femmes, Long Ryders, Del Fuegos, and Replacements.

They continued to receive alternative radio airplay in various parts of the world. Tilt-A-Whirl, the Libertines US first album, was released in Europe in 1988. Unfortunately, the critically acclaimed record was never distributed here. The band had numerous inquiries from US record labels, but was never signed.

In the early 1990s the band started to unravel, and went into hibernation for thirteen years.

Jimmy D finally convinced Walt and Randy to reunite with mutual friend T-Lo handling drums. They returned to the Midwestern underground music scene in 2006, playing select shows. The original trio reassembled for a one night performance in 2015, nearly thirty years since their last.