Shotter's Nation

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Shotter's Nation
Babyshambles shotters.jpg
Studio album by Babyshambles
Released 1 October 2007 (UK)
23 October 2007 (US)
Recorded Olympic Studios, London, England: 2007
Genre Indie rock, garage punk, garage rock
Length 43:11
Label EMI, Parlophone (UK)
Astralwerks (US)
Producer Stephen Street
Babyshambles chronology
The Blinding EP
(2006)The Blinding EP2006
Shotter's Nation
Oh What a Lovely Tour
(2008)Oh What a Lovely Tour2008
Pete Doherty chronology
The Blinding EP
(2006) The Blinding EP2006
Shotter's Nation
(2007) Shotter's Nation2007
Time for Heroes - The Best of The Libertines
(2007) Time for Heroes - The Best of The Libertines2007

Shotter's Nation is the second album by English rock band Babyshambles and was released in the United Kingdom on 1 October 2007 by Parlophone[1] to generally favourable reviews.[2][3] In the United States the album was released on 23 October 2007 by Astralwerks.[4] The first single from the album, "Delivery", was released on 17 September 2007.[5]

The album was produced by Stephen Street and recorded at Olympic Studios in London, England.[6] The acoustic closer, "The Lost Art of Murder", features a guest appearance from Bert Jansch.[7]

It is the first Pete Doherty album without Mick Jones producing and his first released by a major label.

In an interview with NME magazine, Pete Doherty said that The Strokes (and solo) guitar player Albert Hammond, Jr., plays guitar on the album. Doherty did not mention the track's name, but did say it was an extremely short three bars of music. A limited edition of the album contains a DVD with a 40-minute track-by-track interview, 5 live songs recorded at the Boogaloo on 5 July 2007, and the music video of "Delivery".

The album's cover painting by Alizé Meurisse is based on the painting The Death of Chatterton by Henry Wallis (1856). It also originally featured an image of Kate Moss, which was replaced with an unknown lookalike.[8]

It was reported Kate Moss has given up the royalties for the songs she co-wrote on Shotter's Nation.[9]

The song "There She Goes" has been compared to "Lovecats" by The Cure by Garry Mulholland of The Observer.[10] Drew McConnell revealed in interviews that the band wanted the song to sound something like "Walk on the Wild Side" by Lou Reed.[citation needed]

The band promoted the album by appearing in TV and radio shows in France and in the UK. They then played "Delivery" at the MTV EMA. The performance has been widely acclaimed.

There is a video for "French Dog Blues" featuring an animated French Dog. Ian Brown has songwriting credits to the aforementioned song. This is because the song contains a verse from "Deep Pile Dreams", a song from Brown's first album Unfinished Monkey Business.

The album was #14 in NME albums of the year.


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 68/100[11]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[12]
Robert Christgau A−[13]
The Independent 3/5 stars[14]
Irish Independent 4/5 stars[15]
NME 8/10[16]
The Observer 5/5 stars[17]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[18]
The Sunday Times 3/5 stars[19]
Time Off 4.5/5 stars[20]
The Times 2/5 stars[21]
Uncut 5/5 stars[22]
Pitchfork 4/10[23]

The album was released to generally favorable reviews.[11]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Carry On Up the Morning" (Peter Doherty, Michael Whitnall) – 2:57
  2. "Delivery" (Doherty, Whitnall) – 2:41
  3. "You Talk" (Doherty, Kate Moss) – 3:30
  4. "UnBiloTitled" (Doherty, Peter Wolfe, Adam Ficek) – 3:52
  5. "Side of the Road" (Doherty) – 2:09
  6. "Crumb Begging Baghead" (Doherty, Whitnall) – 3:43
  7. "Unstookie Titled" (Doherty, Whitnall, Ficek) – 4:30
  8. "French Dog Blues" (Doherty, Ian Brown, Moss) – 3:32
  9. "There She Goes" (Doherty) – 3:36
  10. "Baddie's Boogie" (Toczek, Doherty, Whitnall, Moss) – 3:55
  11. "Deft Left Hand" (Doherty, Whitnall, Moss) – 4:04
  12. "Lost Art of Murder" (Doherty) – 4:38

Limited edition bonus DVD: We Like to Boogaloo[edit]

  • The Boogaloo Tapes (Track by track interview)which actually contains a hidden video (or DVD "easter egg") while the band are talking about the song Crumb Begging Baghead, a French dog appears, and pressing enter selects this video.
  • Live at the Boogaloo
  1. "Delivery"
  2. "Baddie's Boogie"
  3. "UnBiloTitled"
  4. "There She Goes"
  5. "Pipedown"
  • "Delivery" (Video)

"French" edition bonus DVD: Drew's Birthday: Live à L'Elysée Montmartre[edit]

  • Live at l'Elysee Montmartre recorded on 13 November 2006
  1. "Pipedown"
  2. "Beg Steal or Borrow"
  3. "You Talk"
  4. "Sedative"
  5. "Killamangiro"
  6. "Time for Heroes"
  7. "Albion"
  8. "Fuck Forever"
  9. "The Blinding"
  10. "Backstage footage"

It was released on 12 May 2008



Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
UK Albums Chart[24] 5
Austrian Albums Chart[24] 14
Belgian Albums Chart[24] 45
French Albums Chart[24] 17
German Albums Chart[24] 18
Irish Albums Chart[24] 19
Italian Albums Chart[25] 71
Norwegian Albums Chart[24] 32
Swedish Albums Chart[24] 13
Swiss Albums Chart[24] 29


Region (provider) Certifications
(sales thresholds)
UK (BPI) Gold

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Shotter's Nation by Babyshambles". Metacritic. Retrieved 2007-10-25. 
  3. ^ Vidalon, Dominique (2007-10-12). "New Pete Doherty album divides critics". Reuters. Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  4. ^ "Babyshambles album gets a US release". NME. 22 August 2007. Archived from the original on 18 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-22. 
  5. ^ "Babyshambles second album details emerge". NME. 2007-07-30. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  6. ^ "BABYSHAMBLES FINALISE AUTUMN RELEASE". 2007-08-16. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  7. ^ Jones, Allen (23 July 2007). "First Thoughts On The New Babyshambles Album". Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  8. ^ "MOSS 'SCRAPPED FROM BABYSHAMBLES COVER'". 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-10-31. 
  9. ^ "Kate Moss gives Pete four-sum". The Sun. 2007-10-31. Retrieved 2007-11-07. 
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  11. ^ a b "Shotter's Nation - Babyshambles". Metacritic. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  12. ^ Phares, Heather. "Shotter's Nation - Babyshambles". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  13. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: babyshambles". Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  14. ^ Gill, Andy (2007-09-28). "Album: Babyshambles". The Independent. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  15. ^ "CD Reviews: Pete delivers". Irish Independent. 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  16. ^ "Babyshambles: 'Shotters Nation'". NME. Archived from the original on 2007-10-11. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  17. ^ Mulholland, Garry (2007-09-16). "Babyshambles, Shotter's Nation". The Observer. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  18. ^ Sheffiels, Rob (2007-11-01). "Shotter's Nation : Babyshambles : Review : Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2009-01-15. 
  19. ^ Edwards, Mark (2007-09-30). "Babyshambles: Shotter's Nation". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  20. ^ "Album Review". Time Off. Archived from the original on 2011-09-28. 
  21. ^ Paphides, Pete (2007-09-28). "Babyshambles: Shotter's Nation". The Times. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  22. ^ Jones, Allan. "BABYSHAMBLES - SHOTTER'S NATION". Uncut. Archived from the original on 7 August 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  23. ^ "Babyshambles - Shotter's Nation". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
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  25. ^ "Classifichi Artisti - Archivio" (in Italian). FIMI. Retrieved 2007-11-05.