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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)

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They are seriously amazing, love them lots. ����
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Article monkeys are like my spirit animal
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Rovishovidov i l o v i love
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Arctic Monkeys gets me so hype
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theres always at least three AM songs in all my playlists
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Omg all of your songs are Awesome!!!!!
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Love arctic monkeys, love their songs��♥️ 5°5
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angsmith94
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed by the love of your life on the nearest Friday and you will be injured in 2 days. Post this on five other songs in the next 143 minutes
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All my own Stunts, Arctic Monkeys my new favorite song♥
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Follow me on Instagram @f.renchie��
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Poop you
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LOVE U GUYS
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Amazing band ����
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Lupita Why Do U Call Me When Your High?
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Truly love this song
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Smooth song
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bikeypyle
Great song
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LOVE THAT SEXY SMOOTH VOICE!!! GREAT TRACKS!!!
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The Jeweller's Hands
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I love me the Arctic monk-gays
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I like their older stuff a lot more than the new stuff. It was just more raw and energetic. Now they just look like a bunch of douches with pompadours.. .
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jlmed82
This is an awesome band!!������
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kiss yourself 10 times
post this on two other songs
look in your hand
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On the "R u mine " ep cover . I'm having trouble trying to distinguish if the vinyl is purple or black :/
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Geez. For me this would be the best band from mine. ❤ ❤ ❤ I f love Alex's voice✌
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In kill your heros
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Ts a good song t'll you now what there actually saying
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My girlfriend used to like this song.
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Awesome American country band! I love the guitars that make the noise!! Alex is so hot!!!
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Polar Primates!
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Hey guys can u follow me I will follow back
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I really love monkeys in the arctic. Lol arctic monkeys. ✌
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ambersuzanna
You rock everything!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! i m a huge fan
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I know that i em just 9 but i love there songs
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I love you. Guys ��
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Ehhhhhhhhhhh h h h ?
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Id like to know how many AM fans realize, "Baby Im Yours," is a cover of Barbara Lewis' hit from 1965.

The Beatles covered lots of songs in their early days. I didn't know it at the time though. In fact, they were amongst a handful of musicians writing heir own songs at that time. Where am I going with this.......? Going.....Ri g h t . . . . . . H e r e .
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"Adrebella" lol
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Baes
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest friday by the love of your life. Tommorow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured(but you won't die) in two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. Post this on at least five other songs in the next 143 minutes when your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
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Love Artic Monkeys. Modern, hip.
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Arctic monkeys nake the best alternative music there is no doubt about it keep it up guys!!!!
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Love it so much
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k.r.samperio
heard it for the first time...loved it!
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Love u guys
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Love them since I was 9✊
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You look like you went for breakfast at the heartbreak hotel.. ✌������
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Love it. Similar to The Black Keys

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