Peter Wolfe (musician)
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|Birth name||Peter William Randall|
|Also known as||Wolfman|
|Born||1968 (age 45–46)
England, United Kingdom
|Occupations||Musician, songwriter, poet|
Peter William Randall (born 1968, Maidstone, Kent, England) changed his name to Peter Wolfe because of his admiration of Desmond Wolfe the alter ego of Withnail from the cult film, Withnail and I. He is also known as Wolfman. He is an English poet, and a musician of the band, Wolfman and the Side-Effects. He is also a friend of Pete Doherty. From time to time, Wolfman and the Side-Effects support Doherty's band, Babyshambles, and used to support The Libertines.
Life and career
At 18 he moved to London, and for a short while shared a flat with Shane MacGowan. In the early 1990s, he moved to a flat in the Blackstock Road and worked on his career as a musician. However, Wolfe was "relentlessly unsuccessful". Throughout the 1990s Wolfe was regularly in and out of the major recording studios (Island, EMI, and Sony), but failed to secure a recording contract. He later moved to New York, before moving on to Paris, France. In 1998, Wolfe published a book of poetry (and one short story) called Pornografika. Though the book is now out of print, some of the poems can be found on Wolfe's Myspace and Facebook accounts.
In February 2001, Wolfe was the subject of a film documentary commissioned for The Other Side on Channel Four in the UK. The half hour film titled, The Greatest Unknown Rock 'n' Roll Star was directed by his old friend, filmmaker Andy Lee, who later worked for a year as Wolfe's manager (2006–2007). Later in 2001. Wolfe met Pete Doherty in Islington. They formed a relationship based on songwriting. Wolfe about their relationship: "He turned up at my flat and started hanging around saying he was in a band. He's a great fucking person. Sometimes really awful but sometimes very kind. Maybe he was the first person to look at me through eyes which didn't say, "This guy's a cunt".
In 2003, Wolfe recorded "For Lovers" together with Doherty. Wolfe had written the song in the mid 1990s and recorded a demo with his old school friend and musical collaborator, Julian Taylor. Doherty altered the words to one verse, and musicians in Wolfe's band, "The Side Effects", along with record producer Jake Fior made other changes to the arrangement for the single recording. The single was Wolfe's biggest success as musician, reaching #7 in the UK Singles Chart. Despite the success of the single, which was nominated for an Ivor Novello Award for songwriting, the pair received relatively little money. Rumours that the publishing rights were sold for "a small amount in a pub" are unfounded, as the rights were shared amongst the musicians who worked without pay on the recording.
On 12 July 2008, Wolfe joined Doherty on stage during his solo show at the Royal Albert Hall and they performed "For Lovers" together. Wolfe's appearance on stage however did not meet critical acclaim. According to one critic the song was "sabotaged" by Wolfe's out-of-tune vocals. On 16 March 2009, Doherty's solo album, Grace/Wastelands was released. It featured "Broken Love Song", a song co-written with Wolfe. A picture of Wolfe talking to Doherty and a painting of Wolfe appeared in the album art.
Like Doherty, Wolfe has had a long-standing addiction to heroin. On 28 September 2010, Wolfe was charged with possessing and supplying cocaine, whilst Doherty was charged with possession, in a police investigation into the death of filmmaker Robin Whitehead, a member of the wealthy Goldsmith family. On 20 May 2011 he was sentenced to one year imprisonment, which was later reduced to eight months on appeal for two counts of possession of cocaine and one count of supplying cocaine linked to this episode.
On 30 August 2012, Wolfe confirmed he is working on his debut solo album with English producer, Adem Hilmi.
Wolfe was listed as co-writer, with Peter Doherty, of Stranger in My Own Skin which appeared as a track on Babyshambles Sequel to the Prequel album bonus disc.
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