Released in 2006, Whatever People Say I am, That’s What I’m Not is debut album of Sheffield’s own Arctic Monkeys. From humble beginnings, frontman Alex Turner and his band watched the record skyrocket to number one and become one of the fastest-selling albums in British music history.
Inspired by the likes of Franz Ferdinand and The Strokes, the rock album possesses all the swagger and hooks of a classic. Lyrics about nights out in a small city and one night stands litter the album, on tracks like Dancing Shoes and When The Sun Goes Down. It’s not all beer-fueled lyrics though, the more thoughtful Mardy Bum or Riot Van showcases a bit of the band’s future versatility.
It’s one of my personal favourite albums and the first vinyl I ever owned. Here are my tracks categorised:
- Favourite Tracks: I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor / When The Sun Goes Down / Mardy Bum / The View From The Afternoon.
- Least favourite: Still Take You Home / Perhaps Vampire Is A Bit Strong But..
- The Album’s name is actually a quote from the 1960 film Saturday Night and Sunday Morning.
- Guitarist James Cook was working as a handyman when the band was first starting.
- Alex Turner doesn’t look back on the record very fondly, calling it “Chip shop rock and roll”.