Margeaux Watson
January 16, 2009 AT 12:00 PM EST

You don’t have to be a fan of the Libertines or Babyshambles to know that Pete Doherty is Brit pop’s answer to Bubbles from The Wire. But despite his well-publicized drug use, myriad legal problems, questionable personal hygiene, and plummeting relevance, Astralwerks is preparing to release the troubled British rocker’s solo debut CD on Mar. 24. Produced by Stephen Street (the Smiths, Blur, Cranberries, Kaiser Chiefs), the album is called Grace/Wasteland and the first single will be “Last of the English Roses.” It’s a duet with Amy Winehouse featuring a spoken word intro by Boy George. Kidding! But wouldn’t that be genius?

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