Arctic Monkeys

In more innocent times before MySpace and YouTube, the online posting of early demos by fans inadvertently sent the young Sheffield band into a massive whirlwind of industry buzz and fan hysteria. Their first two singles I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor and When The Sun Goes Down both shot straight to Number 1 in the UK and Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not became the UK's fastest-selling debut album. Mixing the spiky garage rock of The Strokes with engaging storytelling, the track was instantly hailed a classic, winning the 2006 Mercury Music Prize. Second album Favourite Worst Nightmare (2007) showed a heavier, meatier side, opening with the thundering force of Brianstorm before dipping into the kitchen-sink drama of Fluorescent Adolescent. Headlining Glastonbury in 2007 they paid tribute to Shirley Bassey by covering Diamonds Are Forever, before recording third album Humbug (2009) at producer Josh Homme's fabled Rancho De La Luna studios in Joshua Tree, California.



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