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This alternative rock band from High Green, England formed in 2002. They have seen success and have even broken records and won awards in the UK. With three successful albums out, Arctic Monkey are beginning to show that they have what it takes to have true staying power.


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Arctic Monkey

"I never made an effort to play an instrument or anything. I used to play the organ a bit but I was crap at that. Being in a band has got me into music more than anything else - it wasn't the other way around."

This alternative rock band from High Green, England formed in 2002. They have seen success and have even broken records and won awards in the UK. With three successful albums out, Arctic Monkey are beginning to show that they have what it takes to have true staying power.

Neighbors Turned Band Mates

In 2001, neighbors Jamie Cook and Alex Turner learned how to play the guitar. It was at this time that they got together with their fellow classmates Matt Helders and Andy Nicholson. Once they had their band together, they started to record demos and give away those CDs at their gigs. They once were quoted as saying that they would much rather give their music away than sell it if it meant more people could hear their music.

Without their knowledge, an Arctic Monkey MySpace page was made. Although they knew nothing of it, many people did. The page was very influential in getting them to #1 in England.

Starting Out

From 2004 to 2005 they began to become more and more popular in England. In May, they released their very first album, Five Minutes with Arctic Monkey. While the album had a very limited release with only five hundred CDs total, it became a great success with free mp3 downloads.

Although they were releasing CDs and becoming famous, they refused to sign with a record label. They were afraid that they would lose some artistic freedom. Their cynicism to the record company provided them with even more fans. They found themselves selling out shows in Ireland as well as the UK.

Eventually, they found a record label that they felt comfortable with. They signed with Domino because they felt that they would be able to keep their musical integrity. Rumors circulated that they had actually signed with Epic Records. These reports were, according to the band, untrue.

Debut

Their debut album came out in the fall of 2005. This album became the fastest selling debut album in the history of the UK. In the first week they sold nearly four hundred thousand copies. One month later, it was released in the United States. Although they showed success with being the fastest selling debut indie rock record in the United States, they still did not see the same success that they saw back home.

In the spring of 2006, Arctic Monkey released a five track LP entitled Who the Fuck Are Arctic Monkey? This album was not able to be on the charts because of the length and got very little radio play because of the strong language. It was at this time that Andy Nicholson left the US tour because he was too tired and because he wanted to pursue his own interests. They found a replacement in Nick O'Malley from The Dodgems.

They found continued success with their second album, Favourite Worst Nightmare in spring of 2007. They were able to see every single one their singles made it on the chart and the album made it to #1.

Controversy

Although Arctic Monkey achieved great success, they found a lot of people and other artists criticizing everything that they did. In an interview with Side-Line magazine, former keyboardist of Depeche Mode singled them out. He stated that their single I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor was 'a bombardment of the most unsubtle, one dimensional noise.'

Their EP, Who the Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys received back lash, people saw it as them merely cashing in on their success. The band defended themselves stating that they didn't want to become bored 'spending three years touring on one album.'

In addition to all of this, their cover sleeve of Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not showed a friend of the band smoking a cigarette. The NHS of Scotland criticized this, stating that they were 'reinforcing the idea that smoking is OK'. On the actual CD, there is a shot of a full ashtray. The product manager of the band states that it was obvious that 'you can see from the image smoking is not doing him the world of good.'

They continued to stir up trouble at the 2008 Brit Awards ceremony. As they accepted their award for Best British Album in 2008, they joked about being from the BRIT School that was in Croydon. These jokes were made because of the favoritism that looked to be showed to graduates of this school. The audience was filled with students as the awards show supported them heavily. The speech itself was cut short by ITV.

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