Police officer: Whose place is this?
On 18 April 2005, Carl heard that Peter might be going to North London’s Boogalo Bar… ‘Pete might be there’, he confided. ‘It might as well happen now, because it’s going to happen some time’. Peter’s friend Alan Wass received a phone call as we stood outside the back of the bar. After a few minutes Alan handed the phone to Carl who said hello to someone in a hushed voice before retreating for some privacy… ‘He’s coming over,’ He said casually as he passed Alan back his phone.’It’s cool,’ said Carl, obviously anxious…and then Peter was there. Peter and Carl saw each other. Gingerly they approached.They looked at each other, a nervous grin from Carl was matched by a twinkle-eyed smile from Pete, and cautiously hugged. Retiring to the sofa they chatted about niceties. After several minutes chatting the pair then hugged again, this time with more affection and complimented each other on their jackets…
They headed upstairs away from the main room where acoustic guitars were waiting. The two erstwhile friends quietly strummed snatches of songs for each other, including ‘Can’t Stand Me Now’, ‘Albion’, ‘Time For Heroes’, Violent Femmes’ ‘Blister In The Sun’, and Love’s ‘Alone Again Or’. Peter was like a child showing off his Christmas presents after the holiday. He crouched down and showed Carl the chords for ‘Fuck Forever’ and ‘A Rebours’. Carl taught Pete a song and played ‘Plan A’ for him. Peter offered Carl the opportunity to play guitar on the debut Babyshambles album, but Carl was scornful of what this represented. He wasn’t keen to be ‘the cabin boy on someone else’s ship’. It was clear this wasn’t going to be the all-night session of song writing and comradeship some had hoped for, but it was an icebreaker nonetheless. In fact, Peter felt able to go in for a bit of gentle teasing. As he strummed through ‘Time For Heroes’, with a broad smile and twinkling eyes, he changed the lines to ‘There are fewer more distressing sights than that/Of Mr Carl Barat’.
—2005 reunion account, Bound Together
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What I would give to have been there!