Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner’s new album lyrics stolen

Singer reveals how new record was almost scuppered

Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner has revealed how the Sheffield band’s forthcoming third album was almost scuppered – because his lyrics book was stolen.

Singer/guitarist Turner told NME.COM that the book he kept all his works-in-progress in was nicked last year, so he had to start from scratch.

“I got my bag robbed six months ago, I lost this notebook,” he said. “I lost loads. [It was in] this brown book with a picture of a fox on it.”

However, Turner explained that he used the opportunity to get to work on some fresh lyrical ideas.

“I went the morning after and brought a couple of Moleskines and sat around for a couple of hours trying to remember it all,” he said. “But I found the whole process made me write more things, complete things that I wouldn’t have otherwise.”

Arctic Monkeys are set to release the new album this summer. See next week’s issue of NME, out May 20, for an exclusive cover feature with the band.