This was their first single on Dirty Pretty Things debut album. The group was formed after Carl Barat and Gary Powell left The Libertines.
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Though it was first thought this was about his former Libertine band mate Pete Docherty, Barat later denied it in various interviews. He told the Guardian April 22, 2006 that if he'd wanted to bitch about Docherty, he would have called the song Bang Bang Pete's Dead. Instead he told the newspaper: "It's about me - shooting the Evil Carl and getting on with it." Barat then explained that the Evil Carl is his depressive, miserable side.
Phil Oakey recorded his vocals for "Don't You Want Me" in the studio bathroom. The recording was disrupted by guitarist Jo Callis reaching through an open window from outside to repeatedly flush one of the toilets.