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Pete Welsh

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Hooligans on E(Doherty)


Pete Welsh was the bassist with Kill City, the band featuring Peter Doherty's Ex-girlfriend Lisa Moorish, close friend of The Libertines since 1998 and author of their biography, Kids in the Riot: High and Low With the Libertines.

Hooligans on E, a track recorded by The Libertines, Babyshambles and Kill City, was originally recorded by Peter Doherty and Pete Welsh in Cardiff's Marriott Hotel room, while Kill City and The Libertines were touring together. Welsh had been to watch his favourite football team, Swansea, and noticed how the crowd's love of lager had been replaced by Ecstasy after alcohol was banned on the ground. After telling Doherty of this strange experience, Doherty began belting out an E chord on his acoustic guitar and singing "Hooligans on E / Meat pies and Burberry." A few weeks later, Welsh was surprised to hear a full version of the song as he had initially considered it "throw away."

The latest edition of Welsh's biography Kids in the Riot, released in April 2005 tells the story of The Libertines; from Peter Doherty and Carl Barat's first meeting at Brunel in Richmond to the band's dissolution and Babyshambles' rise in early 2005. The tale is told in the words of major participants, including Peter Doherty, Carl Barat, Scarborough Steve, James Mullord, James Endeacott, Geoff Travis, Tony Linkin, Roger Sargent, Lisa Moorish, Alan McGee, and Pete Welsh himself.