The Arctic Monkeys B-Side & Rarities Project was inspired by Matthew Perpetua'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 "Who The Fuck Are The Arctic Monkeys": Will Oliver from We All Want Someone To Shout For.
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.
Arctic Monkeys - The Lovers (Rod McKuen Cover)
The Arctic Monkeys sound has progressively gotten darker. Their dark alternative rock sound has really allowed them to stand out from the rest and show how much growth they have already shown in such a short time. However, they also are known to make some beautiful acoustic tracks that make all of the girls hot and bothered! Well maybe not that graphic but the Arctics have done many songs right with a stripped down acoustic version.
A great example of this is their lesser-known cover of Rod McKuen’s song “The Lovers”. Rod McKuen is a singer from the 60s/70s who is known for his beautiful poetry. Well the boys covered “The Lovers” back in December 2007 on Jonathan Ross’s show. Their ability to take an older song such as this, and make it sound relevant, fresh, and give it their own stamp is truly breathtaking.
This cover shows why the Arctics are a lot more versatile than most people give them credit for. They are a lot more than just another NME hyped band. Hell, the damned NME wasn’t even ready for them.