With a triumphant Glastonbury headline set finally under their belts and their fifth album ‘AM’ shaping up to launch an exciting new wave of Monkey mania, we delve into the archive to compile the ultimate guide to the Arctic Monkeys, from T’Grapes to Glasto.
From the internet sensation huddled in cramped rehearsal studios in Sheffield to mask-wearing mystery men, to desert desperados to rip-snorting rock’n’roll wild-men on US road trips full of limos and glitzy parties, NME has been with the Monkeys every step of their amazing journey. We raid the archive for the most revealing, intriguing and all-access interviews – every major feature is reprinted to give the most comprehensive Arctic Monkeys story ever told.
Charting the Monkeys’ development from snotty schoolkids to stylish rock heroes, NME has captured the Monkeys’ changing look in the studio, on the road and side of stage at their biggest festival shows. Plus, those crazy costume antics in full!
THE LYRICS EXPLAINED!
We get inside Alex Turner’s heart, mind and trousers to dissect his most fascinating lyrics – how is ‘…Dancefloor’ about the first Gulf War? When should you go into business with a grizzly bear? And just what could this baffling ‘propeller’ metaphor be all about?
THE HISTORY EXPLORED!
We trace the origins of the Monkeys from the schoolyard to the first studio forays and the fan-fuelled rise.
THE CHARACTERS BROUGHT TO LIFE!
Brian Storm, the scummy man, the fluorescent adolescent and so many more – Monkeyworld is dotted with memorable characters like an urban Yorkshire Wonderland. But who are they? What inspired them? And what can we learn from them?
EVERY ALBUM RE-ASSESSED!
Does ‘Whatever You Say I Am…’ deserve to be the fastest selling debut album ever? Is ‘Humbug’ a forgotten classic? How does ‘AM’ stand up to such a formidable legacy? We revisit every album, side-project and EP to get the ultimate 2013 take on the band of the century.