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Is Alex Turner a modern day poet or a wannabe? New track R U Mine puts the Arctic Monkey’s songwriting skills under the spotlight…

27 Feb

Twitter was ablaze today with love-laden tweets for the Arctic Monkeys‘ brand new track which was released mysteriously on their website. R U Mine? (spelling sticklers take a deep breath), a proper old school rock n roll track that reeks deliciously of leathers, cigarettes and promiscuous groupies, is being haled as a real return to form for the Sheffield boys who are currently touring with The Black Keys in the US. I am already obsessed with it.

All this dizzying excitement has made me remember just what a great songwriter Alex Turner is (despite the questionable new hairdo), from the unique story-telling of A Certain Romance back in the early days to the slightly barmy and ridiculously passionate She’s Thunderstorms on the latest album Suck It And See. There’s something quirky, poetic and surprising in every track. Plus anyone that can get a Mecca dauber reference into a track is flipping amazing, let’s be honest.

So, in honour of the Arctic Monkeys buzz this evening let’s have a nice bedtime story as told by the man of the moment himself. This short story below was written back in 2008 to form part of bandmate Matt Helder’s Late Night Tales compilation and I think is very reminiscent of Joe Dunthorne.

Sorry about the slightly naff Youtube link I’ve found, but consider it like subtitles for Southerners / non-Brits…

 

Whose songs make you go all ridiculous and drive you to write tenuous blog posts?! Let me know…