9. Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
Why bother toadying to record label suits and believing that the customer is always right? Sheffield’s Arctic Monkeys answered that question with unprecedented success. Their first record, a character study of northern British youth culture, still stands as the fastest selling UK debut release.
They say that youth is wasted on the young, but Alex Turner & Co. proved that even relatively scant life experience presents no barrier. From the schizophrenic clatter of opener The View From The Afternoon, the band demand to have their say. It is Turner’s lyrics that prove most memorable. Despite being a little wet behind the ears, he channels the spirit of John Cooper Clarke with savage, funny and relatable prose.
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