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

Arctic Monkeys

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Using the Internet and hijacking the dancefloor with tunes that suggested the stylistic merging of everything punk from the Clash and Jam to the Strokes and Libertines, the Arctic Monkeys signed to the hipster Domino label and released this collection, which became the fastest-selling debut album in the U.K. The group met with less fanfare in the U.S., but the band’s slices of post-punk, closely resembling the Strokes in its tersely delivered, rhythmically staggered style, grabbed critical attention and established the group as a formidable song-dominated ensemble. Their song titles indicate a cheeky intellect. “I Bet You Look Good On the Dancefloor” practically implores DJs to spin the track. “Dancing Shoes” is no disco cut, but another fangs-first punk attack. “You Probably Couldn’t See for the Lights But You Were Staring Straight At Me” ups the tempo even further. Yet despite all the obvious personality their attack is clearly that of a quartet working together for full effect.

Customer Reviews

The best album you'll ever buy.

This album is unique, musically amazing and has a simple feel thats really refreshing.The lyrics are relatable and everything sort of fits together. Its not one of those albums that every song sounds the same either. Each song adds something a little bit different to the album. Mardy Bum, When the Sun Goes Down and A Certain Romance are particuarly amazing.If I could give this 6 stars, I would. I listen to tons and tons of music but this is my favourite album.

Love it

One of the few albums on which i love every song


It's fantastic. Really, it is. I love 'The View From The Afternoon' and 'Dancing Shoes'. Go buy it.


Formed: 2003 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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...
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