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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

O MI GOSH THEY ARE SO FRIGGEN HOT!!!!
My favorite band!!
Hands down in my top 5 favorite bands. I was fortunate enough to see them live and WOW. They're amazing!
I worship them they r sooo awesome along with thexx
Guitar riff on this track, makes this song irresistible !
i LOVE Arctic Monkeys more than anything (Maybe I am exaggerating but what ever)
My brother calls this sexy alternative. I FRIGGIN LOVE THE ARCTIC MONKEYS I WOULD TOTALLY AGREE WITH SEXY ALTERNATIVE.
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"Fluorescent adolescence" is a better title for the song than the original, "pubescent tumescence."
love these guys songs now!!!!!
I spanked an artic monkey once!
I love this song!!!!!!
reenasax

alex_g0_01
Say iPhone 5 times say a color post this on 5 different songs look under your pillow
Catchy a** beats! Anyone else drunk? Lol
reenasax
Don't
I bought their 2nd album at Target randomly because I liked the cover art....now 8 years later they are my favorite euro group under the amazing BLOC PARTY.
Love this band so much!!!!�� ������������
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
AM IS LIFE!
I've been following these guys since their ep. Their name in rolling stone got me interested, and I've been in a deep love list with them ever since. Their sound is a mixture of everything I love most about music, and their voices compliment each other and they can rock and play their instruments exceedingly well. I want to see them play , I want to visit the UK just to see them. I can't imagine how amazing it would be.
parnnkat3
Loved you guys live
mzmele
I'd say The Black Keys are still more interesting to listen to, these guys sound like a rip-off and worse still this is the only single that seems to be played by them. That doesn't bode well if this is the only song in circulation.
Best f**king band
I've never left a comment before, I love this!
favorite band
Pretty dang good
This is the first song of theirs that I have heard where I can hear how amazing his voice is. Love this group... just wish there were more that were without profanity... Man, love this!
My girlfriend got me addicted. ��
I JUST BOUGHT AM FOR MY BROTHER HE IS GOING TO BE SO FREAKING EXCITED!
F**king amazing song!
Legends
Yea buddy!!! Jammin this sh**
jessica.ferg u s o n 8 3 3
Don't read this because it actually works.You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your . Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this 2 days , now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When your done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary it actually works
Deffenatly some of the best music made in the decade, so much better than the pop crap
I am so sick of Thumbs Downing their music. How do I get Pandora to quit playing this on my stations?
IF YOU HAVE $40 OR MORE AND WANT TO MAKE SOME CASH TODAY TEXT ME TODAY 708-872-5852
I'll take their old stuff any day, meh to the new stuff
amberparrish 5 5 8
Don't read this because it actually works.You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your . Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this 2 days , now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When your done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary it actually works
ckvlscienceg e e k
Don't read this because it actually works.you will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tommorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this 2 days, now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes . When your done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters . This is so scary it actually works.
Wtf is up with these comments that say repost in a few minutes I mean come on it's really annoying
His freaked me out. This isn't fake. Apparently, if you copy and paste this this on ten comments you have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either be kissed or asked out. If you break this chain, you will see a little girl in your room tonight. In the next 4 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry.
Meh they're decent
anyone else hear a familiar beat from an old video game on super nes
Yeah i know how u feel
Love this band and the neighborhood ! !
khaym01
Love them so much
Yay! !!
Im so glad I found this band. They are awesome. These guys and Kongo are my recent favorite bands!!!
Artmnks f****n band is awesome
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