Don’t Believe The Hype
Yes I’m throwing you back a mere 9 years for this week’s #tbt – but can you believe that Arctic Monkeys released their classic indie anthem I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor that long ago?
Look at their fresh faces. The innocence of youth of these four 19 and 20 year old lads from Sheffield may come across strong looking at them but when they play it’s epic indie social commentary, wise beyond their years.
Undoubtedly, this song represents the voice of a generation of working class young people growing up in Britain. Alex Turner was, and still is, an extremely talented wordsmith. Their whole 2006 début album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, featuring this 2005 single, mainly comments on and illustrates perfectly British nightclub culture.
Fast-paced, thrashing guitars, furious riffs from Turner’s Fender and distinctive Sheffield tones from Turner and drummer Matt Helders throughout make this classic tune a powerful explosion of indie excellence.
There are certainly more meaningful songs on the album but none can connect with an audience quite like I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor. Infectious and relatable it’s had crowds bouncing up and down the country since they exploded onto the scene in 2005 topping the charts they’ve dominated ever since. Their latest record AM is the band’s 5th consecutive UK no.1 album and has cemented their place as the biggest rock band on the planet.
Not bad for four lads from Sheffield. Don’t believe the hype?