Arctic Monkeys: 10 Essential B-Sides Every Fan Must Hear
10. Bigger Boys And Stolen Sweethearts
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BATj0SFx_8 Find it: 'I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor' (2006) Although not as celebrated as its parent single and the likes of 'Mardy Bum', there's certainly a case to be made that 'Bigger Boys and Stolen Sweethearts' is the archetypal early Monkeys tune. It's a warm glimpse into the band's knockabout years as teenagers: smart-alek rhymes and gnarled guitar tones are present and correct, as well as an instantly-endearing chorus. The central refrain is one of the catchiest in the band's canon, and the bridge features some characteristically timely swearing from Turner ("she's not nice; she's pretty f*cking far from nice"). Listening to it nowadays (almost nine years following its release), it sounds very much of-its-time, but its throwback charm still remains. Anybody still craving an extra taste of the bike-shed dramas beyond the content of Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, 'Bigger Boys and Stolen Sweethearts' is the perfect place to start. Also Try: 'Settle for a Draw'