Alex Turner

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Alex Turner

Biography

Alex Turner is the frontman of Arctic Monkeys. Born on January 6 1986 in Sheffield, Turner began writing his own songs aged 15, after his parents bought him a guitar for Christmas. He is known for his sharp lyrical style and has cited rap artists like The Streets and Roots Manuva as big influences on him.

In 2007, Turner made his first music away from Arctic Monkeys having formed The Last Shadow Puppets with Miles Kane, who had previously supported Arctic Monkeys on tour as part of The Rascals. The duo's first and only album so far, 'The Age Of The Understatement', was recorded with James Ford and Owen Pallett in two weeks. Upon its release on April 21 2008, NME described the record as "an awesome achievement – a modern reinvigoration of an archaic, dead musical language."

Tuner would later work with Kane again, writing and co-writing six of the songs on his 2011 debut solo album, 'Colour Of The Trap'. The following year, Kane told the media the pair would release another album as The Last Shadow Puppets "when the time is right". Meanwhile, Kane claimed in 2014 that he and Turner were working on a film set in the '60s and inspired by the X-Men.

2011 saw Turner's first solo material released in the form of the soundtrack to Submarine, the debut film from comedian Richard Ayoade, who had previously directed the videos for 'Fluorescent Adolescent', 'Cornerstone' and 'Crying Lightning'. The five-track record included a version of 'Piledriver Waltz', which would later feature on Arctic Monkeys' fourth album, 'Suck It And See'.

Most recently, Turner collaborated with Queens Of The Stone Age on their sixth album '…Like Clockwork', providing vocals on 'If I Had A Tail' and inspired the track 'Kalopsia' after telling frontman Josh Homme about the condition of the same name.

Meanwhile, Turner caused controversy at the 2014 Brit Awards when he declared rock'n'roll music would never die while picking up the award for Best Album.

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