ARCTIC MONKEYS – Who The Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys? (CD EP)

Who The Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys CoverDomino RUG226CD: 24th April 2006
1. View From The Afternoon
"You can pour your heart out, around 3 o'clock, when the 2 for 1’s undone the writers block"
2. Cigarette Smoker Fiona
"Well I never came from no ghetto, but it wasn't nowhere near here"
3. Despair In The Departure Lounge
"No signal and low battery, what's happened to me"
4. No Buses
"Her eyes went down, and cut you up, and there's nothing like a dirty look from, the one you want, or the one you've lost"
5. Who The Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys?
"Just cos we're having a say-so, not lining up to be Playdoh"

'View From The Afternoon' was the amazing opening track from the album. This was one of only two songs on that album to not have been available before as a demo. Now the tables have turned and this is the only track on here that isn't new.

'Cigarette Smoker Fiona' is a re-write of an old demo. The music remains mostly unchanged but the lyrics now reflect the head-fuck that's fame in general. In this new version the bass led instrumental break is enhanced with some cymbals taken straight from the 'Theme To Shaft'. This was always one of the songs that it would have been criminal to have left unreleased.

'Despair In The Departure Lounge' is a woozy lo-fi song that's similar to 'Riot Van'. The lyrics convey the disorientating experience of being on tour and missing the one you love. The delivery of the final line makes having no signal on your phone sound like the most heartbreaking thing imaginable.

Alex Turner's voice has been cheekily compared to George Formby. I hadn't really noticed until I heard the distinctly Ukulele like guitar on 'No Buses'. Like the previous track this is another low key song about loneliness.

As the sarcastic title suggests 'Who The Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys?' is about the band confronting the haters. Most band's fans wouldn't care. But the Arctic Monkeys are a band that more than any other, has been created by the dedicated early fans. So a song speaking directly to those fans shows that they have no intention of selling out any time soon. This is another rock song to finish the EP in style. It's got a really sinister bass part towards the end and then a shout of "Bring on the backlash" ushers in some crashing guitars.

It's great that they've gone to the trouble of recording some new songs and not just releasing the old stuff. But in case you haven't heard the old stuff, here's some mp3s.

Original 'Cigarette Smoke' (Demo)
Choo Choo (Currently Unreleased)
Wavin' Bye To The Train Or The Bus (Currently Unreleased)
Knock A Door Run (Currently Unreleased)
Space Invaders (Currently Unreleased)
On The Run From The MI5 (Currently Unreleased)

Arctic Monkeys Website / Mardy Bum Fansite

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