There is a legend behind the Arctic Monkeys, and it goes something like this: As fall turned to winter in 2001, somewhere down among the sweltering machinations and toxic smoke of the Sheffield, England peasantry, Alex Turner and Jamie Cook requested guitars as Christmas presents. The instruments were duly received, and the two scruffy denizens of the Steel City taught themselves to play, in time forming a band with Andy Nicholson and Matt Helders, who claimed to be friends of Turner. There are some who would say that Turner had no friends, but that's another story. Nicholson was already a bass player, so Helders took up the drums.
"That was all that were left...they all had guitars so I bought a drum kit after a bit," coughed the urchin Helder, who allegedly spread a foundless rumor that they named themselves after his uncle's (or even his father's) band. Helders later confessed that "we made that up 'cause we got so many people asking us that in the UK, so we just started making stories up", without bothering to present his motives, or indeed much of anything else. According to those who are really in the know, Cook conceived the name after a session with a friend, Oliver Saxon, in a pub one night. The two apparently found the name to be somewhat amusing.
One concrete fact emerges from the vile and filthy depths of Sheffield's bohemian wannabe cognoscenti: Since their first ever gig in June 2006, at The Grapes pub in Sheffield, the Arctic Monkeys have been a magnet for media attention and star-making, and they have never looked back. Arctic Monkeys tickets are scarce wherever the band play, so be quick, 'cos if you snooze - you lose!
The Monkeys are an English indie band who hail from a far-flung satellite suburb, High Green, north of Sheffield. The band currently contains the following individuals: Alex Turner, lead vocals and guitar; Jamie Cook, guitar; Matt Helders, drums and backing vocals, and Nick O'Malley on bass guitar. Andy Nicholson was the bassist before O' Malley. The Arctic Monkeys singles, "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" and "When the Sun Goes Down", made number one in the UK Singles Chart, and their debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, was one of the fastest-selling debuts in British music history. Their second album, Favourite Worst Nightmare, sold over 225,000 copies in its first week. It was also nominated for the 2007 Mercury Prize.
The means by which the Arctic Monkeys shot to their celebrated pinnacle in British music was technology-based, and thought to herald a new era of internet-promoted bands, pushed into the media spotlight by millions of grass-roots level consumers who shared fan-made demo tapes and online files containing Arctic Monkeys performances. It is thought that this novel form of exposure constitutes a change in the promotion and marketing patterns of new bands. The Monkeys were signed to independent record label Domino in the wake of their internet storm.
During live performances, the band are known for a human-centered tendency toward fan participation and an absence of sensationalism in the form of light shows and animation.. The band planned a self-created "mini-festival" at Lancashire County Cricket Ground from 28-29 July 2007 and established favorites Amy Winehouse, The Coral, and Supergrass, and others are slated to accompany them on their journey.
The popularity of the Arctic Monkeys in the UK, has resulted in a few twists in the world of politics, when the British political class, long noted for their utter and complete inability to divine what the people are up to, have made pronouncements about the band which proved either false or were never uttered in the first place. Gordon Brown, when he was Chancellor of the Exchequer, allegedly stated in New Woman magazine that he regularly listened to the band, for their ability to "really wake you up in the morning". This statement has since been described as a non-event. Brown, in his global warming speech at the 2006 Labour Party Conference, joked that he was "more interested in the future of the Arctic Circle than the future of the Arctic Monkeys", raising more than a few chuckles in the British media. Liberal Democrat leader Menzies Campbell claimed that the Monkeys had sold more records than The Beatles, a ludicrous comment which earned him a rightful drubbing in the media.
The lads from High Green have enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame and glory this past year or two, and it's nice to hear those unvarnished Yorkshire tones issuing from the speakers when the Monkeys play. I don't think they're necessarily the best thing to come out of England in forever, but they certainly seem to be the biggest, here in the USA.
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