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

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

Comments

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
LOVE THIS BAND♥♡ :-) :O
Best band ever. ��
Don't read this because 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 two days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put thus on 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it works.
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 two 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 you lovers name will appear on the screen in big letter this is so scary because it actually works.
So awesome
ixchel2004
LOVE THIS SONG IT'S AWWWWWWWWWWW W W S O M M M M M M M M E ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ;-> :-} :-) :->
I'm so sad they're era is over, they won't be coming back for a super long time. Arctic monkeys you'll be missed ❤
I am so happy! Love my music!
Hot band!
Love this band
You were a stranger In my phone book I was acting like I knew 'cause I had nothing to lose ~~
❤️
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in two days now you've started reading so don't it's so scary put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letter
Artic Monkeys are so freakin awesome!
little_cinde r e l l a 1 0
Asgkwpssnsma l i loooove this song
(͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
kaynelia
Don't read this you will be kissed by your true love on Friday repost this to two different bands to work
djb2710
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 you life. However if you don't post this you will die in two days now you've started reading this so don't stop. It's so scary. Put this in 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press F6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters.
Quality good band, they've developed so much from WPSTWIN. Their music has gone more mainstream obviously catering to the media and new teenage fans but that doesn't take away from their genuine talents as musicians. Keep on boys!
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I luv arctic monkeys❤️ =^_^=
The awesomeness of Arctic Monkeys
F6
love this
dwise0712
Everyone is so much more than a monkeys
This will always be a good song ✊
Alex turner is bae
The arctic monkeys is my life!��
They are the best
Arctic monkeys are an amazing band
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in two days now you've started reading so don't it's so scary put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters.
Best things in the frickin universe
I love this band so much
nrmurawski
The best band of all time
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in two days now you've started reading so don't it's so scary put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters.
YASSSSS ARCTIC MONKEYSSSA
Fartic monkeys are so good
I LOVE U ARCTIC MONKEYS ALEX TURNER MCM NO. LIE
DO NOT READ THIS
because it actually works. you willl be kissed on the nearest friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of ur life. However if you don't post this you will die in the next two days. Now you've started reading so don't stop this is scary. put this on 5 songs in the next 143 min. when done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters.
little_cinde r e l l a 1 0
Wanna be yooouuuuurs
They. Are. Amazing.
love this band
omg i love this band!
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