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I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor by Arctic Monkeys

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Reviewed on 20th October 2005.


I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor

By Arctic Monkeys

Ok, so enough of this Libertines nonsense. The good ship Arcadia is well and truly sunk and there are new boys in town. And funnily enough, in keeping with recent dealings, the excitement hails once again from the North with Sheffield's own monkey boys stealing the limelight from those wannabe cockney rebels. It's the Northern backlash and about time too if you ask me. Arctic Monkeys. You heard of them yet? Of course you have. As the hype surrounding the four-piece intensifies daily, I'm thinking the last thing anyone reading this needs is for me to tell you about one of the most eagerly awaited singles of the year. The day job tells me that every Tom, Dick, Harry, Chav and indie-boy alike are already riding the hype as requests of 'got any of them Arctic Monkeys, love' are flung in my direction, without fail, at regular two minute intervals.

But do I feel the general annoyance rising through my veins in the same manner as I do as people repeatedly ask me what the difference is between the blue copy of James Blunt and the grey copy?* Well, no actually and not just for the obvious reasons. I cannot help but get a warm glow inside, a feeling that, yep I too like them and you know what, that kind of makes us, like, one big happy monkey-loving family does it not? Well, maybe. I could be getting carried away as I write this but what I'm trying to get at is that not for a long time, not since the band that I have already mentioned at the beginning of this review but which I don't really wanna keep on mentioning for fear of relying too heavily on this lazy comparison, has a band brought together so many different people and secured such a loyal fan-base on the back of what? One double A-side and a few listens of this, their first proper release on Domino Recordings, the damn decent 'I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor'.

And so what, one so sceptical may ask, is the key to their apparent unbelievable success? Well, that's where this single comes in. Arctic Monkeys are not pretentious, skinny tie wearing, cowboy booted fashion followers and nor do they sound like them. Bless, they're one of us! Their general charm is highlighted like those that have gone before them, The Futureheads and the excellent Sons and Daughters to name a couple, in the way that they quite frankly exploit their accents, sounding like proper northern boys and proud of it. The song tells the story of youthful nocturnal activities, which come Friday night are performed ten-a-penny. Guys looking at girls, girls looking at guys, guys dancing with girls... 'there ain't no love/ no Montagues or Capulets/ just banging tunes and DJ sets/ dirty dance-floors and dreams of naughtiness'... my god, was he at The Cockpit last week dammit? The lyrics are funny, maybe humorous comparisons to GLC could even be made, the only difference being that rather than penis-wielding mothers, the events of the monkey songs just seem, well real. Maybe an indie Mike Skinner would be more appropriate. Singer Alex comes across as some sort of drunken modern poet, fuelled on pints and good nights. Musing about the birds he's had, the birds he can't get, those he's lost and basically summing up the seething mass of adolescent sexuality that most indie boys and girls for that matter, seem to be these days.

And it's not just about the lyrics. From the very outset this song impresses and provokes immediate dance action. From the opening crescendo, thrashing guitars and constant drum-beat, to the throaty backing yelps provided by the drummer, this is a stonking feel-good tune which has been and will continue to tear up dancefloors across the country for some time yet. People will be looking good on the dancefloor when this comes on. Well, drunk and giddy anyway. Same goes.

*FYI - Nothing by the way, they are both painfully crap... take note.



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On 20th October 2005 at 21:07 Dave LMS wrote...

I really enjoyed this review, and I love the single. Not yet bored of hearing it either...

The B-side, "Bigger Boys And Stolen Sweethearts", is also a favourite of mine.


On 23rd October 2005 at 18:01 Anonymous 3383 wrote...

Ah, thanks Dave.

And yay, the b-side is great too. Should have mentioned that really but totally forgot. I like the line, 'he's pinched your bird and he'd probably kick your head in...' Heeheehee, did make me chuckle


On 25th October 2005 at 12:43 Anonymous 1205 wrote...

Yeah top review miss. As much as I have been dancing to this song for a while now it is really refreshing having a shiny legal copy of it in my mits.

And I have to say "Bigger boys and stolen sweethearts" is bloody amazing. If that is a mere b-side from these cheeky monkeys I cant wait to see what the future holds


On 28th October 2005 at 15:35 Anonymous 4705 wrote...




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