Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner: ‘I fell out with ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor”

Singer admits he lost enthusiasm for the single we named the 11th best track of the last 15 years

Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner has admitted that he once “fell out” with the band’s song ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’.

Speaking in the video interview that can be seen above, the singer said that he had previously lost enthusiasm for the track, but that it was now “more fun to play than ever”.

‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’, which was originally released in 2005, gave Arctic Monkeys their first Number One single and was named by NME.COM as the 11th best song of the last 15 years.


Speaking about his views on the track, he said:

It’s more fun than ever to play it now. I probably fell out with it for a moment somewhere along the way. But I fall out with all of them at some point. I’d never imagine not playing it [live], and now when it comes round in the set it’s just like… fun. We all really enjoy playing that.

Turner also revealed that the band had still been trying to finish recording the track for their debut album ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’ even when the single’s video was being played on TV.

“It’s funny because when we were recording that tune, the video was already on tell for it,” he said. “So people would be watching TV in the other room or whatever and be like ‘Quick! We’re on MTV’ or whatever, because the version we did for the video we did another recoding for it, it was just us playing in a TV studio.”

He also said that the track’s success was largely down to the role of drummer Matt Helders, adding: “It all came from that drum thing at the beginning originally. That was the first part of the song, that drum bit. I play the lead [guitar] on it, but I really can’t remember when that happened, or even what practice room we were in.

“But I remember Matt [Helders] playing that thing. I guess it was some exercise that he’d seen somewhere, or a version of it, which he’d sped-up, because he was doing it as fast as he could. A lot of those songs back then came from something that he’d played, because he almost plays riffs on drums, or plays leads.”

NME.COM‘s Top 20 songs of the last 15 years are as follows:


1. Radiohead – ‘Paranoid Android’
2. Arcade Fire – ‘Rebellion (Lies)’
3. Outkast – ‘Hey Ya!’
4. The Strokes – ‘Last Nite’
5. The Killers – ‘Mr. Brightside’
6. The White Stripes – ‘Fell In Love With A Girl’
7. Hot Chip – ‘Over And Over’
8. Amy Winehouse – ‘Rehab’
9. The Verve – ‘Bittersweet Symphony’
10. The Libertines – ‘Time For Heroes’
11. Arctic Monkeys – ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’
12. MGMT – ‘Time To Pretend’
13. Jay –Z & Alicia Keys – ‘Empire State Of Mind’
14. Foals – ‘Spanish Sahara’
15. MIA – ‘Paper Planes’
16. Beyoncé – ‘Crazy In Love’
17. Missy Elliot – ‘Get Ur Freak On’
18. Queens Of The Stone Age – ‘No One Knows’
19. Justice Vs. Simian – ‘We Are Your Friends’
20. Bloc Party – ‘Banquet’

You can read the full list at

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