When it comes to the sheer immediacy of their success, few bands can compete with Arctic Monkeys. In the eight years since the release of their landmark debut Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, they have headlined Glastonbury, played the London Olympics, and rightly earned themselves a reputation as one of the UK's biggest acts. In fact, it's easy to forget just how young they were when that album came out (drummer Matt Helders was just 19) - such was the impact of their sound. And what a sound it was (and is); a brand of guitar rock that's positively oozing with charisma, with a rebellious streak that would later be epitomised by the following line from 'Balaclava': "It's wrong, but we'll do it anyway 'cause we love a bit of trouble." The band have refused to be wedded to a single approach since then, seemingly sporting a new look with each release and dragging their indie roots through colourful tinges of R'n'B, hip hop, and classic rock to emerge with a sound that seems to become more unique with each record, all while helping revitalise British guitar music and introducing the world to one of the most talented songwriters of a generation. They have duly been rewarded with five successive UK number 1 albums, a devoted fanbase, and a long-term spot in the country's public consciousness. Much of this success revolves around their frontman Alex Turner - a musician whose ear for a melody and lyrical nous are so often on the money. And yet credit is also due to messrs Cook, Helders, O'Malley, and Nicholson, who have all helped shape the band's progression from indie new boys to seasoned rock pros. A band that has covered so much ground in such a short space of time is bound to spark debates among fans. What's their best live setlist? Is AM their best album yet? What next for Alex Turner's hairstyle? But regardless of where you stand on these issues, there are some things that resonate among all of us.