10 Underrated Arctic Monkeys Songs
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As we gear up for the imminent return of Arctic Monkeys to the UK and wish our local venues will once again be filled with their presence, the globe is simultaneously rediscovering their favourite band. We are again allowing ourselves the pleasure of immersing ourselves in the quintets plethora of hidden treasures and overlooked anthems. In a bid to build anticipation surrounding the unknown, we have taken it upon ourselves to re-discover 10 seriously underrated Arctic Monkeys tracks - from a cover of a Nick Cave classic to a usually forgotten gem from their debut album. 'Stickin’ To The Floor', When The Sun Goes Down Single (2006) In the days far off the polished sound of their present, Arctic Monkeys huddled in Matt Helders’ garage, creating abrasive sounds with signature snarling vocals. Encapsulating Arctic Monkeys in their pubescent prime, ‘Stickin To The Floor’ is often an overlooked masterpiece. Signalling exactly when and how the foundations were laid by Alex Turner and co. for Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, this particular track is the 4th b-side to feature on the ‘When the Sun Goes Down’ single release. 'Electricity', R U Mine? Single (2012) Released specially for Record Store Day 2012, ‘Electricity’ is the sexily charged yet subdued b-side to the mammoth ‘R U Mine?’. The screaming guitar juxtaposes against Turner’s velvety voice. The curdling of the two creates paralleled feelings of tainted lust and fear of the unknown. The flurry of pleasure contrasts against the menacing fear of the undefined, making this tune a seductive mystery. Riot Van, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not (2006) ‘Riot Van’ has been absent from Arctic Monkeys live sets for twelve years, allowing this quiet promotion of civil-disobedience to undeniably slip beneath the radar. ‘Riot Van’ is a sweet serenade of debauchery, brutality and teenage hiccups with “the boys in blue.” A saccharine tale littered with sarcastic wit: ‘Riot Van’ is a firm (yet usually forgotten) fan-favourite. Red Right Hand, Crying Lightning Single (2009) This rip-roaring, re-imagined version of Nick Cave’s ‘Red Right Hand’ could easily be miss-construed to be an Arctic Monkeys’ self-penned track. Like PJ Harvey’s and Iggy Pop & Jarvis Cocker’s version of the cult classic, the boys in the band have injected themselves into the veins. A spat chorus, a rocky, sinister twist on the original minimal melody and an eerie crescendo; ‘Red Right Hand’ is firmly their own. Secret Door, Humbug (2009)
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