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

Comments

jsmith960041
And I agree with amz1198
jsmith960041
I will love them matter what:)<3
Marsrock30 I swear to God I will stab you repeatedly stop with this s**t
Amazing stuff
Kiss your left hand 15 times, say your crushes name
close your hand and say a school day than open your
hand andpost this on 15 other songs and on that day
your crush will ask you out.
amz1198
They couldn't be more perfect :')
i like their older stuff better but i still love them
❤️
corona.j
<3
I think i might love them just as much The Neighbourhoo d
I love this band so much (: they r so good
OK, I'll join the Amen Choir and only comment on bands that I like. Not the ones that pop up inexplicably on my station and annoy me when I'm working so much that I have to stop what I am doing to give them a thumbs down
Although that's a clever statement I notice you post negative remarks on almost every artists' page. My only comment is to lighten up a little. Have at least some respect for artists
They distilled the sounds of a bunch of bands that suck, and produced 100 proof garbage
I dig a lot of their earlier stuff. Not so much the newer =\
faves
Alex turner is so freaking hot
best band alive
narwhalllama s
I cannot wait to see them this summer. Firefly 2014 I love you.
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Absolutely love arctic monkeys. Never fails to impress
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 it this you will die in two days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put on 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 as your lover's name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it works
@sarahi ikr :/
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love if your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post it this you will die in two days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put on 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 as you lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it works
Don't you all hate how people are barely starting to like them? Like they've been around for years and people are barley noticing them! I sometimes just dislike society.
Can you like a song/artist multiple times??!
@Chris
Same, the new album was a huge disappointme n t for me.
I wanna grab both your shoulders and shake baby snap out of it

I love the ARCTIC MONKEYS sooo much ;*
so excited to see them june 17th. been a fan for so long, never really thought i would ever get to see them live. it's gonna be amazing
Now it's three in the morning and I'm trying to change your mind. Left you multiple missed called and to my message you replied"
ARCTIC MONKEYS ARE LIKE AIR
Ahhhh, arctic monkeys never disappoint
Cool song ��
phoebelina6
arctic monkeys are life
Ive been a Arctic Monkeys fan for a long time and even though I couldnt wait for Am to release once i heard it i was disappointed , it was good but their old stuff is so much better, now there trying to be more modern especially Alex changing his whole style, and no more people are listening to them just because there the new hip craze
Shiity radio rock trying to cash in on the hipster craze.
Alex Turner writes great lyrics (and great music too, obviously).
cierra.norte
Don't read this because it acually 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 it this you will die in two days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and you lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it work
Don't read this because it acually 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 it this you will die in two days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and you lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it work
Do I want to know is like my favorite song... like EVER!!
Great band
sophiadrozd
I like the name ; article monkeys
mad sounds is the jam
Fantastic live! Great sense of humor!
Love em!
I like whatever effects they put on the vocals :D
If they don't... then oh .-.
Seriously love this band!! :D
They sound GREAT 2 me, & I'd buy their music without hesitation. I really don't see a point to all the criticism, except 2 make the critics feel better about themselves.. . . . . . i t ' s sad as sxxt, & they don't fool anybody. Life's 2 short; just enjoy the moment & the music!!!
They're very good, however I think they can do a lot more better. :)
i love this song
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