They were at the pub, naturally
Arctic Monkeys have recalled the time they found out their 2005 hit single ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’ reached number one in the UK.
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The track was taken from the band’s debut album ‘Whatever People Say I Am, I Am Not’, released in 2006. ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’ was only number one for one week but it stayed in the top 100 for 31 weeks.
“I would definitely categories that as a moment that felt unreal at the time,” Turner said of the song’s success in an interview with Matt Wilkinson for Beats 1. “We all went to the pub near where we’d grown up and they announced that it was the number one record. They put the radio on in the pub and everyone just jumped up. Everybody was there – on the pool table [cheering].”
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“That were one that was instant,” added drummer Matt Helders. “All the other things, you can see them coming a little bit and prepare a bit but that was like [woah]. A complete shock.” You can watch the chat below.
Explaining that it was a nickname for a room in his house, he said that once the idea had taken him to outer-space, he “just kept going” with the theme.
“Four stars out of five is a bit of a pun, with the stars,” he added. “I may have gotten a bit carried away there.”
The musician also revealed the lyrics used in an early incarnation of the song. “Originally, the words were: ‘Karaoke and raspberry beret, in imaginative ways, and I get signed right then and there by a hotshot executive / I wasn’t expecting it that easy’,” he said.