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Dirty Pretty Things is a band fronted by Carl Barât, a former member of The Libertines. The formation of the band was announced in September 2005, after a dispute between Barât and Pete Doherty led to the breakup of The Libertines in 2004. Didz Hammond announced he was leaving the Cooper Temple Clause1 to join the band alongside ex-Libertines drummer Gary Powell and guitarist Anthony Rossomando, who had filled in for Doherty following his departure from the Libertines.
The band’s debut album, Waterloo to Anywhere, was released on May 8, 2006, reaching number three on the music charts and receiving critical approval. The first single (and first official band release) from the album, “Bang Bang, You’re Dead”, was released on April 24, 2006 and reached number five in the singles chart in its first week of sales. The second single, “Deadwood”, was released on 10 July 2006 and reached number 20 in the singles chart. The album’s third single, “Wondering”, was released on September 25, 2006 and reached number 34.