"Who the Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys?" as written by and Alex Turner....
We all want some one to shout for
Yeah, everyone wants somebody to adore
But heroes aren't what they seem
When you've been, where we've been

Have I done something to trigger
The funny looks and the sniggers
Are they there at all
Or is it just paranoia

Everybody's got there box
And doing what they're told
You push my faith near being lost
But we'll stick to the guns

Don't care if it's marketing suicide
We won't crack or compromise
Your derisory divides
Will never unhinge us

And there's a couple of hundred
Think they're Christopher Columbus
But the settlers had already settled
Here long before you

Just because we're having a say so
Not lining up to be Play-Doh
In five years time will it be
Who the fuck's arctic monkeys?

'Cause everybody's got there box
And doing what they're told
You push my faith near being lost
But we'll stick to the guns

Don't care if it's marketing suicide
We won't crack or compromise
Your derisory divides
Will never unhinge us

All the thoughts that I just said
Linger round and multiply in the head
Not that bad to start with
I'm not angry, I'm just disappointed

It's not you it's them that are wrong
Tell 'em to take out their tongues
Tell 'em to take out their tongues

It's not you it's them that are wrong
Tell 'em to take out their tongues
Tell 'em to take out their tongues
And bring on the backlash

It's not you it's them that are wrong
Tell him to take out his tongue
Tell him to take out his tongue

It's not you it's them that's the fake
I won't mess with your escape
Is this really your escape, yeah?


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"Who the Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys?" as written by Alex Turner

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  • +4
    General CommentLyrical genius, if you ask me.
    dialon July 07, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentEveryone who listens to Arctic Monkey should listen to this song. I know a few people who listen to this band and think they're Hipster McHip for listening to them. One guy actually wanted to build himself up and said, "I introduced this band to you," as if Arctic Monkeys were hidden under some rock or something. I don't think he's heard this song, 'cos he obviously thinks he's Christopher Colombus. Truth is, no one's Christopher Colombus, dammit.

    I know it's cliche, but it really should be about the music. If you just listened to this band for the first time four days ago in some little American town, or four years ago in Sheffield, who cares? Do you really like the music, the message and the meaning?

    Funny thing is, this song is so true, because all the fuss that he did say lingered around in everyone's head and got people thinking about what kind of music enjoyers they truly are.
    bueller84on May 31, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWho cares, it's music.. sit back and enjoy.
    And if you don't like it, don't buy it!
    I know i sound naive and stupid, but this is the truth, in my opinion.. Music is great. Music is fantastic. Just hear it for christ sakes.. And rip it to pieces if you're not pleased..
    And who gives a f*ck if it's a media stunt, if they're in it for the money, if they're really 4 girls from india?!
    I don't! They're 4 lads who play music and i like it.
    DigiLSDon May 27, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFirst verse talks about the fact that people want an idol in their lives to adore, or people want the feeling of discovering a new band before everyone else.

    Second verse is self explanatory.

    Third verse, I think is talking about how everyone is in this "box, doing what they're told" meaning they are following all the trends out there and what not, and the Arctic Monkeys are saying that we don't give a shit if our music is marketing suicidal, (either meaning that their music isn't doing so well, or it means that their music is sending out bad messages), and they will stick to what they are doing cause they don't want to be trapped in that "box".

    Fourth verse talking about how people think they have discovered this new band, just to find out that they aren't the first to actually discover them.

    Fifth verse is talking about how they are not lining up to be playdoh, or they are not lining up like the rest of these new and upcoming bands to be molded by the public to fit their liking...and they are not gonna put up with that molding of the "playdoh" if that makes sense...

    Then they are saying how its not you, its them, meaning its not the fans, its "them"...and who is them? I'm not sure...it could be the general media or what not.

    Rest is pretty self explanatory.


    Hope this helped.
    -dial
    dialon July 07, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI like the idea that the "escape" mentioned at the end is Andy leaving the band, seeing as this was the last-recorded song he appeared on.
    AllyS2on July 11, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGenerally i think this song is about their rise to fame where they are starting to be in the rooms with the 'really famous' people and meeting their idols only to realize they are actually just giant egotistical douche bags. I suppose you would begin to doubt things if you have grown up loving music not just because its there but because you have a passion for it and then you meet the people you thought shared your opinions but it turns out they are just "doing what their told" and are too worried about "marketing suicide" to take risks and develop. It's quite sad really, when you think about it.
    Mediocrityon March 28, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like it, I bet it gets slated though and people will say they are acting up and being petulant, I don't think so, think it's just honesty.

    Good on them.
    dave_1987on April 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm pretty disappointed by this LP to be honest. Whatever People Say is already one of my favourite albums possibly of all time after following them from being a small Sheffield band.

    The line "But your heroes aren't what they seem
    When you've been where we've been" hints that they have had a hard up bringing or something when really they've lived in a fairly decent suburb of Sheffield.

    Also "And there's a couple of hundred
    Think they're Christopher Columbus" I suspect is hinting at those who travel great distances to see them and could be interpreted as being very ungrateful but I might be wrong on that one?
    GamlaStanon April 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think that the "And there's a couple of hundred
    Think they're Christopher Columbus
    But the settlers had already settled
    Yeah, long before ya" part is about people who think they have discovered a new band, only to find that people where there before them.
    Super Novaon April 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think that the "And there's a couple of hundred
    Think they're Christopher Columbus
    But the settlers had already settled
    Yeah, long before ya" part is about people who think they have discovered a new band, only to find that people where there before them.
    Super Novaon April 10, 2006   Link

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