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Northern uproar.“This time last year, we were playing to next to nobody. I mean that quite literally - less than ten people.” Sheffield’s Arctic Monkeys tick all the most-hyped boxes. After one limited 7”, they’re selling out venues up and down the country, with crowds singing the words to each and every (unreleased) track. Ebay tall tales – the barometer of zeitgeist cool – abound, with the band’s demo cds going for £200.
Chatty but knackered or diffident to the point of inaudibility, singer Alex Turner comments with typical understatement, “Yeah, we’ve had a good year,” his broken voice dropping an octave mid-sentence. All the band members are 19 or 20 years old.
Although Alex was initially reluctant to be the singer - “it seemed a bit soft” - the lyrics are acerbic and funny. Fake Tales of San Francisco has a pop at identikit pretenders (“You're not from New York City, you're from Rotherham”), but he’s quick to dispute regionalist clichés. “People say it’s a snapshot of Sheffield. Is it f**k - it’s an observation of people. It doesn’t matter where you’re from or if you’re in a band or not; there’s always knob-heads. There’s a certain element of sneering but it’s always laughing or celebrating it.”
“There used to be a line in Bigger Boys and Stolen Sweethearts, ‘At least he ain’t got a Nova or a Burberry hat.’ When we were in year nine, there’d be lads that had left school and they’d pinch all the girls from our year. This was in 1999 when the Nova was the car of the moment. Before the term chav came out."
Later that evening his opening comment, “What’s Coventry got to show us, eh? Owt?” provokes crowd-surfing mayhem within seconds of the start of their first track – and forthcoming single - I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor. Shoes are thrown onstage and helpfully thrown back so you can walk home. And when they come back one time too many, they are pitched up onto the lighting rig to raucous cheering.
Says bassist Andy Nicholson, “After you see it every night, you do get used to it, which is not to take away from it, cos it’s still f**king exciting. But it takes a lot to shock you. Some girl got on her boyfriend’s shoulders for Mardy Bum. I thought that was a very Robbie Williams moment. Thought we were going to play Angels or something.”
“There were times we couldn’t finish A Certain Romance for weeks cos everyone was on stage. We played in Nottingham, and our mate was crowdsurfing on people on stage. He just came flying over the monitor. ‘I broke me back yeah but it were right good!’”
Arctic Monkeys – (I Bet That) You Look Good On The Dancefloor / Bigger Boys And Stolen Sweethearts, released 17 October 05 on Domino.
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comment by kingofthebees Apr 24, 2006Or that built up by some people on this thread. "Monkeys, I'd live and die for you, the purpose of the universe is as a receptacle for your music," etc etc....
comment by VinylAGoGo Apr 24, 2006i think they'll do a great job living up to their own standards, but i cant imagine how hard it is to live up to the ridiculously huge standards that NME has since built up.
comment by handsomeTurboMan Apr 2, 2006The arctic monkeys will always be big there music the best
comment by Boro_fan_in_AUS Mar 21, 2006Arctic Monkeys are brillient, hope they keep producing fab music for many many years to come. Can't wait until the come out to Australia some time in the near future, there are already becoming real big here. I'll be first to Buy tickets tho!
Up the Arctic Monkeys!....and the Boro!
comment by fatladywrestler Mar 19, 2006The fake tales of San Fransisco echos..................................
comment by handsomeTurboMan Mar 19, 2006stamp feet n shout come on u monkeys shake ur head to the beat .
comment by fatladywrestler Mar 19, 2006I have been ranting on about Arctic Monkeys for ages, got some of there demo tracks, like you say, this is the way of music, it's the whole atmosphere, real die hard fans know this group inside out and appreciate their performance for what it is, energetic, heart felt, passionate and raw..Come on you Monkeys...flw xx
comment by handsomeTurboMan Mar 19, 2006i thought it was very, cool, when i saw them arctic monkey's very fantastic band indeed.
comment by David Thair Mar 19, 2006In defense of the Arctic fellows, since when did live rock bands worry about singing in key? It's all about volume and passion and things! Probably.
comment by amir Mar 18, 2006"I have a degree in music from UCLA. "
Tell me you're on a piss-take.
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