Alex Turner: ‘Arctic Monkeys is a bad name for a band’

Singer says his group's moniker 'sounds like a first band name'

Alex Turner has revealed that he thinks Arctic Monkeys is a “bad” name for a band.

The singer said that the name Arctic Monkeys was the first one the Sheffield four-piece came up with and is the only one they’ve ever had.

He told Q Magazine: “This is the first band I’ve been in. A lot of people in bands have a few goes at it before they find the one that works but with us, we all started playing guitar and everything at the same time.”


He continued: “There might have been other ideas for offshoots at the time, but the Monkeys was the first one. It sound like a first band name, doesn’t it? It’s so bad that the tribute bands don’t sound worse. I saw there’s an Aertex Monkeys, that’s pretty clever.”

The singer added that guitarist Jamie Cook came up with the name, but has never told the rest of the band were it came from.

He added:

I’ve no idea where it came from. It was Jamie’s fault, he came up with it and he’s never even told us why. If he even knows, he’s keeping it a secret from me.

Arctic Monkeys begin their UK arena tour tomorrow night (October 28) at Nottingham’s Capital FM Arena. You can watch a video interview with Turner talking about how the band wrote their single ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’ by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.

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