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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Arctic Monkeys

written by Naseeha Rahman May 24, 2017

The English rock band, Arctic Monkeys, consists of Alex Turner, Matt Helders, Jamie Cook and Nick O’Malley. The band started back in 2002, and have been playing for a large audience for years now. Naturally, a band this old, with so many creative people as members, has quite a few fun stories and facts that formed over time. Here are only ten among the many we thought the fans of this band would love to know.

  1. Did you know that the original singer in Arctic Monkeys was actually Glyn Jones? Alex Turner was too shy at first to act as frontman of the band. He took over later when Jones left.
  2. And Jamie Cook used to work as a bathroom tiler until as late as May 2005. He once returned from a sold-out tour to complete a tiling job!
  3. “Fluorescent Adolescent” was co-written by Alex Turner and his then girlfriend, Johanna Bennett. They were on a Mediterranean Holiday trip, reminiscing about characters they knew in school, when they wrote it.
  4. Matt Helders calls himself the “Bionic Drummer” because he had to have a metal plate fitted into his left arm. He broke said arm while working out in a boxing ring. Talk about badass!
  5. An oddball of a fan once found his way into the Arctic Monkeys dressing room back in Osaka, Japan. He left such a big mark, they created the song “Brianstorm” for him.
  6. And a sample of an organ from Ennio Morricane’s soundtrack for “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” is included in “505”.
  7. The whole band are all big fans of “The Wire”. They watched the whole thing in their tour bus and Alex Turner stayed up all night to watch ahead of everyone else.
  8. According to Turner, Jack Thackray, folk-pop/poet legend was an inspiration for Cornerstone. The guys found his pronunciations hilarious.
  9. Funnily enough, “R U Mine” was inspired by hip-hop stars, Lil Wayne and Drake.
  10. At first, when asked, the band used to make up stories about the origins of the name “Arctic Monkeys”. But honestly, Jamie Cook just always wanted to play for a band with that name.

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