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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: AM

1. Do I Wanna Know?

2. R U Mine?

3. One For The Road

4. Arabella

5. I Want It All

6. No. 1 Party Anthem

7. Mad Sounds

8. Fireside

9. Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?

10. Snap Out Of It

11. Knee Socks

12. I Wanna Be Yours

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Track List: Suck It And See

1. She's Thunderstorms

2. Black Treacle

3. Brick By Brick

4. The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala

5. Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair

6. Library Pictures

7. All My Own Stunts

8. Reckless Serenade

9. Piledriver Waltz

10. Love Is A Laserquest

11. Suck It And See

12. That's Where You're Wrong

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Track List: Humbug

1. My Propeller

2. Crying Lightning

3. Dangerous Animals

4. Secret Door

5. Potion Approaching

6. Fire And The Thud

7. Cornerstone

8. Dance Little Liar

9. Pretty Visitors

10. The Jeweller's Hands

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Track List: Favourite Worst Nightmare

1. Brianstorm

2. Teddy Picker

3. D Is For Dangerous

4. Balaclava

5. Fluorescent Adolescent

6. Only Ones Who Know

7. Do Me A Favour

8. This House Is A Circus

9. If You Were There, Beware

10. The Bad Thing

11. Old Yellow Bricks

12. 505

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Track List: Brianstorm

2. Brianstorm

3. Temptation Greets You Like Your Naughty Friend

4. What If You Were Right The First Time?

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Track List: Leave Before The Lights Come On

1. Leave Before The Lights Come On

2. Put Your Dukes Up John

3. Baby I'm Yours

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Track List: Who The F**k Are Arctic Monkeys?

1. The View From The Afternoon

2. Cigarette Smoker Fiona

3. Despair In The Departure Lounge

4. No Buses

5. Who The F**k Are Arctic Monkeys?

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Track List: I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor

1. I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor

2. Bigger Boys And Stolen Sweethearts

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Track List: Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not

1. The View From The Afternoon

2. I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor

3. Fake Tales Of San Francisco

4. Dancing Shoes

5. You Probably Couldn't See For The Lights But You Were Staring Straight At Me

6. Still Take You Home

7. Riot Van

8. Red Light Indicates Doors Are Secured

9. Mardy Bum

10. Perhaps Vampires Is A Bit Strong But..

11. When The Sun Goes Down

12. From The Ritz To The Rubble

13. A Certain Romance

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Track List: Cornerstone

1. Cornerstone

2. Catapult

3. Sketchead

4. Fright Lined Dining Room

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Track List: Do I Wanna Know? (Single)

1. Do I Wanna Know?

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

1. Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair

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Track List: Evil Twin (Single)

1. Evil Twin

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Track List: Fluorescent Adolescent

1. Fluorescent Adolescent

2. The Bakery

3. Plastic Tramp

4. Too Much To Ask

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Track List: My Propeller

1. My Propeller

2. Joining The Dots

3. The Afternoon's Hat

4. Don't Forget Whose Let You're On

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Track List: One For The Road

1. One For The Road

2. You're So Dark

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Track List: R U Mine? (Single)

1. R U Mine?

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

1. Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?

2. Stop The World I Wanna Get Off With You

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What do you knowwwww?
Oh you don't know nothing!
Yeah but I still take u home
Honest AF lyrics lol
Love the monkeys ❤❤❤
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Sexy song
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annabanana19 4 6
thank you arctic monkeys for capturing my soul in music you all are f**king dope
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#No. 1 Party anthem
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed by the love of your life on the nearest Friday. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured (but won't die) in two days. Post this on least at five songs in the next 143 minutes. When you're done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters.
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Arbellas got some interstellar gator skin boots
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This song is amazing
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yes!!!!!! this band and this song r amazzzzzziin n n g g i lovee itt
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OHHHHH!!!! I LOVE ARTIC MONKEYS! All their songs are amazing!!!
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I'm so glad my ex-girlfrien d showed me this band
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Best band ever ♡♡♡☆☆
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Best band ever! My favorite
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<3im luvv
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This song is so f**king awesome I just love it I love this f**king song
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This is the best song ever
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F**k yeah!!!!!!!! !
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Do I wanna know... Love it
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So awesome dudes
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, you are ask might
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AM rules like especially with brianstorm
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Florescent Adolescent is my joint!!!!
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One of my top favorites of all time CX.
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Zl3 m. K
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Okay
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I LOVE THEM AA I NEED A NEW ALBUM FAST ; v ;
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My second favorite band!!
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JUST TAME IMAPLA
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NOT REALLY..
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= LIFE
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ARCTIC MONKEYS
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TAME IMPALA
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THEY TOURED WITH TAME IMPALA.????? ? ? ? ? ? THAT'S F**KING AMAZIG
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This band is keeping Rock n Roll alive������
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THIS STUPID FREAKING THING DOES NOT WORK THIS IS REALLY ANNOYING SO PLEASE STOP POSTING STUPID CRAP LIKE THAT!!!!!
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when the arctic monkeys toured with tame impala magic was created
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Am I the only one who thinks 'Suck It and See' sounds very sexual or I have a f**ked up dirty mind..?
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Love this song I listen to it every day
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Can't wait to see what thee guys do next
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think they were a band before franz fedinand could have influenced them,
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<3
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Arctic wolves
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Arctic penguins
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17ventanna
YAS!
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perfection to the max.
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Arctic Monkeys are the BEST !!!!!!
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I agree, they are utterly amazing!
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Once in a while these special youth come along with such a natural talent for music and Arctic Monkeys definitely have it!
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Once in a while these you
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