The Arctic Monkeys are one of the most followed and highly regarded indie rock bands in the world. However, despite the fact that the band and its members have spent a considerable amount of time in the spotlight and under the scrutiny of the public eye, there are still some things that many people don’t know. With that in mind, here we present our list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about the Arctic Monkeys. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!
Number Fifteen: Arctic Monkeys Singer Alex Turner Is Really Shy
In fact, Turner was too shy when the band first formed to sing. The band’s very first singer was Glyn Jones.
Number Fourteen: Turner Missed Crumpets When He Moved to Brooklyn
After transplanting from the United Kingdom to Brooklyn, Turner said he missed his friends and family. However, he mentioned that he missed crumpets a lot – especially because they’re nearly impossible to find in New York.
Number Thirteen: They’re Fans of ‘The Wizard Of Oz’
The Arctic Monkeys song titled “Old Yellow Bricks” ends with the line “Dorothy was right, though” as an homage to The Wizard Of Oz. Additionally, the members even dressed up as characters from the movie for the 2007 Brit Awards!
Number Twelve: Jamie Cook Can Tile Your Bathroom
Cook was a professional bathroom tiler up until 2005. He was so dedicated to his work that he even allegedly left a sold out tour just so he could go work on a job.
Number Eleven: Their Former Bassist Owns a Bar
And it’s called The Bowery. The bassist in question is Andy Nicholson, and he opened the bar in 2008. The bar is located in Sheffield.
Number Ten: Thom Yorke Is Their Sworn Enemy
Well, sort of. Yorke has never had nice things to say about them. Once, he said “The fact that [the] poor Arctic Monkeys are getting so much attention is purely based on the fact that the mainstream music business is such a bunch of f***ing retards as far as I’m concerned.” Wow.
Number Nine: They’ve Collaborated With The Kills
Specifically, singer Alison Mosshart helped the band write “Fire And The Thud.” Stay tuned for part two of our list of 15 things you didn’t know about the Arctic Monkeys, coming soon!