The Arctic Monkeys B-Side & Rarities Project was inspired by Matthew Perpetuaâ€™s Pop Songs 07-08 project, and was first introduced on November 19, 2007 and it ended there. On March 21, 2009, Pretty Much Amazing reached out to a person with a lot more Arctic Monkey credentials, the man who named his music blog after a string of words Alex Turner wrote while try to figure out â€œWho The Fuck Are The Arctic Monkeysâ€: Will Oliver from We All Want Someone To Shout For.
Arctic Monkeys - 7
The goal of this series of posts is fairly simple, I am going to write a post about all of the Arctic Monkeys B-Sides, non-album tracks, bootlegs and other rarities. I have no clue how long this will take, or even if I will finish it, but it should be a fun ride. You might be curious as to why I'd select the Arctic Monkeys as the subject of such scrutiny. To be frank, the Arctic Monkeys are one of the only bands of which I can honestly say that I saw flounder and flourish from beginning to present. I feel that I can relate to their music, along with everyone else that's young and living their life in all its blundering glory.
The Arctic Monkeys were rammed into my life in 2004 when a friend of mine told me to listen to the latest band to come from across the pond. A full two years before their debut album was released, Beneath the Boardwalk was my first taste of the Arctics and I haven't stopped nibbling yet.
Now that you know the story behind the relationship I have with the Arctic Monkeys, I think it's time to get onto the first song we will be looking at, in part of this ongoing project — "7."Â
â€œWhen The Sun Goes Downâ€ (aka Scummy Man) gets credit as one of the Arcticâ€™s signature songs. Of course, after â€œI Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloorâ€ got annoying, non-fans jump on â€œScummy Manâ€ as if on autopilot. With good reason too, Scummy is the only true three-dimensional song on Whateverâ€¦ and illustrates prolific storytelling swamped between extraordinary meatâ€™n'potatoes guitars.
While a standout single, â€œ7â€³, a b-side on the When The Sun Goes Down EP, still stands as one of the Arctic Monkeysâ€™ best non-album tracks to date. The track has Alex Turnerâ€™s signature teen awkward expertise written all over it, even down to the la la laâ€™s. Alex spits witty I want you nowâ€™s over raw jumpy guitars. This song is pretty damn near perfect for any twentysomething year old (or 19 year old in Turnerâ€™s case) feeling that initial attraction clumsiness: â€œWell Iâ€™m looking and you kept staring/ Your thoughts bearing up with mine/ And when youâ€™re so pretty and Iâ€™m so shy/ You probably didnâ€™t give me the eye but Iâ€™m sure you did.â€