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Arctic Monkeys

By distilling the sounds of Franz Ferdinand, the Clash, the Strokes, and the Libertines into a hybrid of swaggering indie rock and danceable neo-punk, Arctic Monkeys became one of the U.K.'s biggest bands of the new millennium. Their meteoric rise began in 2005, when the teenagers fielded offers from major labels and drew a sold-out crowd to the London Astoria, using little more than a self-released EP as bait. Several months later, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not became the fastest-selling debut album in British history, entrenching Arctic Monkeys in the same circle as multi-platinum acts like Oasis and Blur.

Frontman Alex Turner and guitarist Jamie Cook began their music careers in 2001, when the friends both received guitars for Christmas. Two years later, they began performing shows around their native Sheffield with drummer Matt Helders and bassist Andy Nicholson, two fellow students at Stocksbridge High School. A series of demo recordings followed, and Arctic Monkeys' audience swelled as fans circulated those recordings via the Internet. The musicians soon found themselves at the center of a growing media circus, with such outlets as BBC Radio examining the band's music and mounting hype.

By distributing their homemade material on the Internet, Arctic Monkeys were able to build a sizable fan base without the help of a record label, effectively circumventing the usual road to superstardom. They continued to buck tradition by signing with Domino Records in 2005, eschewing a major label's budget for Domino's D.I.Y. cred and hip roster (which also included Franz Ferdinand, a touchstone for the band's sound). The smart moves paid off as Arctic Monkeys' first two singles -- "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" and "When the Sun Goes Down" -- both topped the U.K. charts. Critical reception was similarly favorable, but few could have predicted the whirlwind success of the band's debut album, which ousted Oasis' Definitely Maybe as the fastest-selling debut in British history (a record that was broken one year later by Leona Lewis' Spirit). Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not sold 363,735 copies during its first week alone, transforming Arctic Monkeys from underground stars into mainstream figures.

Arctic Monkeys' debut sold approximately 300,000 total copies in America -- enough to warrant more media coverage, but notably less than the album's British sales during its first week alone. Nevertheless, their success continued as they released a spring EP, Who the F**k Are Arctic Monkeys, and prepared for a stateside tour. Temporary bassist Nick O'Malley was brought aboard for the band's American shows, while a fatigued Nicholson stayed at home. Nicholson then announced his official departure when the band returned home in June 2006, and O'Malley remained with Arctic Monkeys as a permanent member. That fall, the guys received the 2006 Mercury Prize and donated the accompanying money to an undisclosed charity. Additional accolades included Best British Breakthrough Act at the Brit Awards and Best New Band at the NME Awards. NME also made a bold assertion by deeming the band's debut one of the Top Five British albums ever released.

Released in April 2007, Favourite Worst Nightmare updated Arctic Monkeys' sound with louder instruments and faster tempos. The bandmates had recorded the sophomore album quickly, wishing to return to the road as soon as possible, and the speedy turnaround between records helped maintain the band's popularity at home. Favourite Worst Nightmare sold 85,000 copies during its first day of release, and all 12 tracks entered the Top 200 of the U.K. singles charts. As Alex Turner briefly turned his attention to a side project, the Last Shadow Puppets, Arctic Monkeys received another Mercury Prize nomination and took home two titles at the 2008 Brit Awards. Recording sessions for a third album commenced in early 2008 and lasted throughout the year, with producers James Ford (who previously worked with Turner on the Last Shadow Puppets' album) and Josh Homme (frontman of Queens of the Stone Age) adding some newfound heft to the band's sound. Meanwhile, Arctic Monkeys released a concert album entitled At the Apollo -- with accompanying video footage captured on 35mm film -- before unveiling Humbug in August 2009.

Humbug went platinum in the U.K. but failed to produce a Top Ten hit, with "Crying Lightning" peaking at number 12 and "Cornerstone" topping out at 94. The band hit the road that February, kicking off a multi-leg tour that ran through the rest of the year. After playing another handful of shows in early 2010, the guys took a short hiatus before reconvening with James Ford for their fourth album. Sessions began that fall, and the resulting Suck It and See arrived in spring 2011. Meanwhile, Turner also wrote music for a Richard Ayoade film, Submarine, whose soundtrack doubled as the frontman’s first solo release. In February 2012, Arctic Monkeys released a song entitled "R U Mine?" on their Youtube channel, which indicated that a new album was on the way. A few months later, the band played at the London Summer Olympics opening ceremony, performing "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" and The Beatles' "Come Together", but it wasn't until the summer of 2013 that a new album was to be revealed. Entitled AM, the fifth album was released in September, a few months after a triumphant headline performance at Glastonbury 2013, which was opened with the new song "Do I Wanna Know?". ~ Andrew Leahey, Rovi
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Track List: Leave Before The Lights Come On

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Track List: Do I Wanna Know? (Single)

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Track List: Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair (Radio Single)

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Track List: Evil Twin (Single)

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Track List: Fluorescent Adolescent

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Track List: One For The Road

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Track List: R U Mine? (Single)

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Track List: Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High? (Single)

Comments

You will be kissed the nearest Friday by the love of your life however if you dont post then u will die in two days. Now you started reading this so dont stop. Post this in six other songs and your lovers name will appear on the screen in large letters. It's scary but it works.
Idk y but i luv this song :)
great but sometimes listening through their whole older albums on a playlist gives me a headache when their songs sound all the same. But their stil pretty good!
Is anyone going to life is beautiful festival this weekend there performing there,
Sadly I can't go and the sadder thing is that I live in Las Vegas so it's within my reach :(
saw them at bonnaroo! cant wait for voodoo!!!
Counting my days dwn when I get to see em LIVE! ��
Goin see them n 2 weeks @ Voodoo Fest!!!!
After Nirvana and the Beatles, AM is the boom.
iliana.abiga i l . p i n e d a
"I wanna hear u say R u mine ?? "������
Can I marry all of you.
Going see them n 2 weeks @ Voodoo fest!!!!
Just Right
Listen to them all day
I love you guys
Could listen to Artic monkeys all day
rooster992
Kiss your hand 5 times and post this 2times on a different songs and pick a pink or blue iPhone will appear under your pillow
Don't read this cause it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday, by the love of your life. However, if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary. Post this at least on five songs in 143 minuets. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come up on the screen. This is so scary cause it works
headkase11
2 cool 4 school
ashleysccrhr s s
Kiss ur hand
Say ur crush
Close ur hand
Say a week day
Say ur name
Post this 15 times
Ur crush will ask you out on that day
Don't read this bc it actually works. U will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this u will die in2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press 6 and ur lovers name will appear in big letters this is so scary bc it actually works
Their growing on me. Took me a bit though. I love the killers and these guys are lime them but in such a different way.
One of the best bands besides nirvana ❤
my main band obsession.
best band evaaa ♥♥��✌
I like your songs
Artic monkeys ��������
This band always played in the best moments I had
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andreahdz157
Hush
chrissyotero
All though i love the AM album i disagree on it being the best album.
Love these guys. One of my favorites. Great sound.
AM is the best album��
Listen to AM without have listened to their all discography is very useless. Know their evolution is a true personal revolution. Don't believe the hype!
Listen to AM without have listened to their all discography is very useless. Know their evolution is a true personal revolution. Don't believe the hype!
Like rain ? Then burn natural wooden logs in a free air enviroinment like outside and after two days, it will begin to rain and our drout will be no more, all in season of course
Cool song
.....fill the void.
High as f**k ,and this song is lifting me higherrr
I love this song
jesstempest7
I was never interested in these guys but after I heard their album AM I loved it. I'm now motivated to check out their earlier stuff. From what I hear it's even better than AM.
Its true, that after their first two albums they werent as good- but to be honest, it is only by a little bit.
amber20312
I love thi band guys but i like there old stuff better
amber20312
Hi
My sister likes Alex Turner.. I agree.
jilained
Just be thankful and enjoy their music bro. vvvvvv
Be what they used to be and I get that, it's just that I'm still in love with their old stuff and it's sad since I know there won't ever be an album like their first two again. They have moved on, and rock in general has moved on. Tis a sad period of time; the end of the rock era.
Frustrating thing about this band is that everyone thinks because they love one of the singles off AM they love the band, but more than likely those people hate their first two albums, which are two of my favorite albums of all time. It's a shameee. Their music has just changed and evolved so much over the last 10 years and I'm still hooked on the old stuff. Rock music is dying away slowly, and though I like r u mine and Arabella, it's still just a watered down version of them. They will never b
Asome
#1 band
How do they only have 27,856 likes!!?!!
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