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Arctic Monkeys - 25 Awesome Photos

By Rebecca Schiller

Posted on 10 Nov 11

 
 

Apropos of not much at all, we thought we'd slap together blow-ups of some of our finest photos of the Sheffield gang from throughout their career.

Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME

Back in 2005, NME ran a Radar piece on this brand new band, giving them their first major bit of national press. Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME





Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

The headline on that first article called them 'The Most Talked About Band In Britain' Photo: Andy Willsher/NME



Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME

"We played a gig in Sheffield and as soon as I started singing the entire crowd sang it back to me,” Alex Turner told NME of their early gigs. Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME



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“It’s incredible,” a teenage Alex said. “I find myself looking up while I’m playing and just thinking, ‘What the fuck?!’” Photo: Andy Willsher/NME



Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME

The band first began rehearsing at Yellow Arch Studios in Neepsend. Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME



Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME

Arctic Monkeys played their ever first gig in June 2003 at The Grapes in Sheffield. Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME



Photo: Ed Miles/NME

They eventually signed a record deal with Domino in June 2005. Photo: Ed Miles/NME



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The band's debut album, 'Whatever People Say I Am' was finished recording in September 2005 at Chapel Studios in Lincolnshire. Photo: Andy Willsher/NME



Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

Of his songwriting process behind ‘Humbug’, Alex Turner said: “I wrote a lot during the middle of the night. I’d wake up, jot things down, then get back to sleep. And some of them became songs about that time of day, when you’re not as alert.” Photo: Andy Willsher/NME



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;Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not' won the 2006 Mercury Prize. Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME



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Matt Helders has been known to write messages on electrical tape and tape them to his bass drum instead of a band logo. Photo: Andy Willsher/NME



Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

In 2007, they took home the awards for Best Album ('Favourite Worst Nightmare') and Best Music DVD at the 2007 NME Awards. Photo: Andy Willsher/NME



Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

That same year, the band joked they wanted Girls Aloud’s Sarah Harding to join the band. “Third album, we’ll get Sarah Harding to front this band,” Matt Helders said at the time. Photo: Andy Willsher/NME



Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

Alex Turner has said that the band were very influenced by The Prodigy’s ‘Music For The Jilted Generation’ album on ‘Favourite Worst Nightmare'. Photo: Andy Willsher/NME



Photo: Tom Oxley/NME

During the following 'Humbug' tour, during ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’ the band would add bits of other songs into the middle of it. Photo: Tom Oxley/NME



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Matt Helders' favourite song from ‘Humbug’ is ‘Dance Little Liar’. Photo: Guy Eppel/NME



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Alex Turner said of track ‘My Propeller’: “If that was a euphemism, then I wouldn’t be saying that my propeller wouldn’t spin- ‘cos you wouldn’t wanna go shouting that out, would you?” Photo: Tom Oxley/NME



Photo: Andy Whitton/NME

The band's latest album 'Suck It And See' was recorded in Sound City Studios in Los Angeles from 2010-2011. Photo: Andy Whitton/NME



Photo: Tom Oxley/NME

Influences on that album included country music’s Johnny Cash, George Jones and Patsy Cline. Photo: Tom Oxley/NME



Photo: Guy Eppel/NME

Alex Turner recently said of his Last Shadow Puppets mate: 'We'd let Miles Kane join the band if he asked'. Photo: Guy Eppel/NME



Photo: Ed Miles/NME

Last year, Alex Turned was named the 16th ‘Richest Brit Under 30’, with a fortune of £7.5 million, just below Cheryl Cole and Amy Winehouse. Photo: Ed Miles/NME



Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME

Turner also recently revealed that there was a strong influence from The Smiths on 'Suck It And See'. Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME



Photo: Ed Miles/NME

Ever thought Arctic Monkeys was an awful band name? Apparently Turner agrees - he recently stated that it's "a bad name for a band". Photo: Ed Miles/NME



Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME

Fans pose for a picture with Alex Turner, as he shows off his latest hairdo. Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME



Photo: Andy Whitton/NME

Arctic Monkeys recently revealed that they'd love to collaborate with Josh Homme again. Photo: Andy Whitton/NME



Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME

Arctic Monkeys will not be returning to the studio until 2013. Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME



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