Arctic Monkeys' Jamie Cook on 'AM' influences: 'I listened to a lot of David Bowie'

The guitarist also shared how the band felt about being featured on NME's Greatest Albums of All Time

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Arctic Monkeys guitarist Jamie Cook has said music icon David Bowie influenced the sound of their latest album 'AM'.

Cook revealed that he listened to a lot of Bowie's 1972 album 'The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars' during the recording of their 2013 album.

"I was really listening to a lot of Bowie stuff when we were recording. Just kind of revisiting his work, especially 'Ziggy Stardust...'," said Cook in the interview with RVA magazine. "I really love it, but when you really examine it, it's pretty flawless in my opinion. Maybe that did influence me a bit with how we poured ourselves into this record, perfecting each detail."

Cook also discussed how the band felt about 'AM' featuring on NME's 500 Greatest Albums . "It was obviously really nice to make the NME list," he said. "I don't know if we deserve it and I still can't wrap my head around ranking records like that, but it was definitely nice to see."

Later this year Arctic Monkeys will headline the Main Stage at Reading and Leeds, their first time performing at the festival since they topped the bill five years ago. Appearing as an England and Wales festival exclusive, the band will appear at both sites at the August 22-24 festival.

To check the availability of Reading tickets click here and for Leeds tickets click here now, or call 0844 858 6765.

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