About Killamangiro

"Killamangiro" is a song by English band, Babyshambles, released in November 2004 through Rough Trade Records. It achieved respectable chart success, peaking at #8 on the UK singles chart. The song itself features an unusual opening beat from ex-Babyshambles drummer Gemma Clarke and is also recognised for guitarist Patrick Walden's "messy" style of play and frontman Pete Doherty's distinctive vocals. It is a regular feature of live setlists by the band and has gone on to be one of their most popular and well known songs. The title is a pun on the name of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, but further mixes in the song's lyrics about "kill[ing] a man for his giro" - a bank deposit method often associated with British unemployment benefits. The track was released as a single, and subsequently included on the album Down in Albion with different production (Mick Jones) and a different drummer (Adam Ficek) from the original. The circumstances of the recording of the song for the album were remarked upon by Babyshambles bass player Drew McConnell on 5 November 2005 in the New Musical Express: 


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Oh, oh, oh
Why would you pay to see me in a cage?
And why would you pay to see me in a cage?
Some men call the stage 

Listen now I have gone
You will know
I was the only one that would have died
What was wrong in the eyes of the unwell and unwise 

And I killed a man for his giro today
Wasn't very gay, I didn't mind
I was a money man anyway
Killed a man for his giro today 

Why, would you pay
Why, would you pay
To see me in a cage
It's all across the stage 

And know
When the night has come
You might say
I was not the only the one who would've died
What was wrong in the eyes of the cruel and unwise
And I killed a man for his giro today 

On the off chance that you're listening '
To the radio
I thought you might like to know you broke my heart
Can only sadden up or hedge your bets
Or take a chance and never get you again
All my ties, time and time
I keep on trying hard not to try too hard
When I forgive, I won't forget
To killing time, so I'm better now
I don't need it...
Anything that makes you, feel hate
Can do without hate
Now I believe in love 

Now I have gone
Oh yeah, I will pay
For everything you've done
What was wrong
In the eyes of the unwell and unwise
And I killed a man for his giro today 

Oh, oh, oh

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Babyshambles are an English indie rock band established in London. The band was formed by Pete Doherty during a hiatus from his former band The Libertines, but Babyshambles has since become his main project (although recently he has been focusing on his solo work and possibly a full-time Libertines re-union). Babyshambles has released two albums, three EPs and a number of singles. more »

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Written by: Peter Doherty

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10 facts about this song

Band Creation
"Killamangiro" is by the English rock band Babyshambles. The band was founded in 2003 by Pete Doherty, who is also the vocalist for the band.
Song Release
"Killamangiro" was released on 29th November 2004. It is the first single from the band's debut album "Down in Albion," which was released a year later in 2005.
Debut Success
"Killamangiro" peaked at number 8 on the UK Singles Chart. This made it one of the band's most commercially successful songs.
"Killamangiro" is a clever play on words that references Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. This is often used as a metaphor in the song for the uphill struggle of overcoming addiction.
Lyrics Importance
The lyrics of "Killamangiro" are believed to be influenced by Pete Doherty’s personal life, discussing his struggles with substance abuse and relationship issues.
The release of "Killamangiro" was met with controversy due to Doherty's heavy drug use and chaotic lifestyle at the time. The turbulent period of his life was well-documented in UK tabloids.
Video Incident
During the shooting of the music video for "Killamangiro" in 2004, Pete Doherty was arrested for possession of a flick knife.
Musically, "Killamangiro" embodies the incoherent, chaotic, yet strangely melodic style that became the signature of the Babyshambles' sound.
Band Member Contribution
Despite the internal issues within the band, "Killamangiro" showcases the inch-perfect rhythm section of drummer Adam Ficek and bassist Drew McConnell, making it one of the band's most lauded efforts.
Live Performances
"Killamangiro" remains a fan-favorite and is often performed in Babyshambles' live shows, with audiences passionately singing along to its chorus.

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