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Editors’ Notes

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 UK 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

We should be thanking Mike Skinner

Let me start by saying that I like this album. On first listening to it I struggled to see what all the fuss was about but it is rapidly growing on me. It's great. However, what is starting to get to me is how everyone seems to be raving on about how the Arctic Monkeys describe British life in their songs and how original it is. It's just not. No I realise that The Streets is an aquired taste and people often critisise Mike Skinner for chatting over dodgy beats. But he was the one that brought to us the fresh lyrics on the British culture. Arctic Monkeys have simply taken this idea and applied it to Indie Rock as opposed to a more garage beat. Arctic Monkeys are great and it is likely they will be the sound of 2006 however, the man that revolutionised it all (Skinner) is also bringing out a record this year and I know which album is getting me more excited. So well done Arctic's for bringing out a great debut album... you can thank Mike Skinner when you have a moment.

Fantastic Debut

This is, without a doubt, the best album to come from England since the Libertines, truly inspiring lyrics and tunes throughout. The soundtrack of 2006, Arctic Monkeys are going to be massive all over the world. And this album shows that they deserve it. 5 stars, a must buy for any music fan, especially anyone interested in the new Yorkshire rock scene.

Never a monkeys fan

What an album from a previously unknown band, had a mixture of GREAT GREAT guitar solos and a mixture of low tempo songs like Riot Van and high tempo great songs like When the Sun goes down. I never liked the monkeys when I bet that you look good on the dancefloor came out but this band is amazing. Buy the album. don't buy the manufactured rubbish.


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 I'm Not became the fastest-selling...
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