ARCTIC MONKEYS – Leave Before The Lights Come On (CD Single)

Leave Before The Lights Come On CoverDomino RUG236CD: 14th August 2006
1. Leave Before The Lights Come On
“You left before the lights came on, because they didn’t want to ruin, what it was that was brewin’, before they absolutely ‘ad ter”
2. Put Your Dukes Up, John
“You were preened and sanitised, struck dumb by good advice”
3. Baby I’m Yours
“And I’ll be yours, until the sun no longer shines, yours until the poets run out of rhyme, in other words until the end of time”

At first Arctic Monkeys were the perfect band, their singles, their album tracks, their b-sides and even their unreleased demos were better than everyone else’s. ‘Leave Before The Lights Come On’ is the point where the first cracks appear in the facade. That’s not to say it isn’t a bloody good single, it’s just not the perfect single. The tried and tested Arctic Monkeys sound is still there and only Alex Turner could deliver a line like “What with the stretching and yawning, it’s always hard in the morning” with such an air of innocence.

Instead of a batch of new songs we’ll have to settle with a couple of covers (But very good covers). ‘Put Your Dukes Up, John’ is a song about music-business cynicism and it’s a cover of bestie mates The Little Flames. It doesn’t radically depart from the brilliant original but it is interesting to hear Alex sing the lyrics given their subject. ‘Baby I’m Yours’ is a cover of an old song by Barbara Lewis. It’s absolutely spell binding and features a guest appearance by 747s.

From Ritz To The Rubble (Statik Refix) mp3
Barbara Lewis – Baby I’m Yours mp3
Sugababes – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor mp3

Click here to watch videos for ‘Fake Tales Of San Francisco Version 1’, ‘Fake Tales Of San Francisco Version 2’, ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’, ‘When The Sun Goes Down’, ‘The View From The Afternoon’ and ‘Leave Before The Lights Come On’ on YouTube.

Visit either of the fansites below to get all those old demos you’ve heard about.

Arctic Monkeys Website / Arctic Monkeys MySpace Page
Ritz To Rubble Fansite / Mardy Bum Fansite
The Little Flames Website / The Little Flames MySpace Page
747s Website / 747s MySpace Page

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