Arctic Monkeys Biography
Sheffield, ENGLAND's Arctic Monkeys initially featured lead singer + guitarist Alex Turner, guitarist Jamie Cook, bassist Andy Nicholson and drummer Matt Helders; the Alternative-Rock foursome came together in 2003 and a year later they signed a record deal with Domino.
The band's first single, "I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor",
made an impressive debut at #1 on the U.K. Pop Sales chart, upon its October
2005 release, spending five weeks in the top 10. In January 2006 was released
their debut full-length CD, "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What
I'm Not", which immediately shot to the #1 position on the British
Albums chart spawning another #1 smash in "When The Sun Goes Down";
the set subsequently broke into the American Billboard Top 200 at #24
while "I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor" hit #7 on The
Hot Modern Rock Tracks.
That June the band officially announced that founding member Andy Nicholson had left the band after missing the American leg of their tour due to “fatigue”; bassist Nick O'Malley was eventually brought in as a permanent replacement.
April 2007 saw the release of the band's sophomore effort, "Favourite Worst Nightmare" which enjoyed three consecutive weeks at #1 in U.K. peaked at #4 in Canada and grabbed a #7 spot in the United States. It included two British top 5 smashes: "Brianstorm" and "Fluorescent Adolescent", as well as a top 20 hit in "Teddy Picker".
"Humbug", the third offering from Arctic Monkeys finds the band brimming with vim, vigor and new ideas. They brought in a new production accomplice, Queens Of The Stone Age main-man Josh Homme, for some of the recording, he generously hosted and produced tracks with them at his Joshua Tree studio. The disc arrived in August 2009 and had a quick run on the European charts breaking the top 10 in a dozen countries going all the way to #1 in Great Britain. In America it peaked at #15 on The Billboard 200 and hit #6 on the Top Canadian Albums chart. The first single, "Crying Lightning", quickly bulleted into the U.K. top 20 and was followed by the minor hit, "Cornerstone".
Recorded at Sound City Studios in Los Angeles, the band's next offering, "Suck It And See", arrived in June 2011 and the group found themselves once again atop the U.K. Albums chart while the main single, "Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair", charmed its way into the British top 30; the title-tack was also released as a single, but it did not chart. The album reached #14 in U.S. and #12 in Canada, but within few weeks it disappeared from that charts.
Arctic Monkeys issued a brand new, stand alone single entitled "R U Mine?", in February 2012 which quickly catapulted into U.K. top 40 and subsequently was added to the band's fifth album.
In September 2013 this fifth full-length disc saw the light of day; entitled "AM", the CD features guest appearances by Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, ex-The Coral guitarist Bill Ryder-Jones and Pete Thomas formerly of Elvis Costello's The Attractions. The 12-song set opens up with the British hit single "Do I Wanna Know?", in U.S. the song hit #1 on The Alternative Songs chart. "AM" became the quartet's most commercially and critically successful album to date, it debuted atop the British and Australin charts, hit #3 in Canada and peaked at #6 on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 Albums chart.