The other claim to fame of the Arctic Monkeys is they’re far more popular in the United Kingdom than they are in the United States. That makes sense since they’re from Sheffield, England, but the Monkeys never lived up to the hype that preceded their arrival in the United States. For example, their debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, is the fastest selling debut album in the U.K. In fact, it sold more albums in its first day of release then the rest of the top 20 combined!
Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not dropped a month later in the U.S. It eventually became the country’s second fastest-selling debut album by an indie rock band. That’s the good news. The bad news was U.S. sales in the first year didn’t even equal the U.K. sales in the first week. To show just how dominate the Arctic Monkeys are in their native land, their first two singles and all five of their studio albums (as of November 2013) all peaked at number one.
The Arctic Monkeys are not only internet darlings they are also one of the best live bands on the planet. Critics will tell you if you have the chance to procure Arctic Monkey tickets you have to do it. Besides several Arctic Monkeys tours, the band has also performed at the Leeds Festival, Glastonbury Festival, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Reading Festival, All Points West Music and Arts Festival, iTunes Festival, Super Bock Super Rock, V Festival, Southside Festival, and Lollapalooza.
On July 27, 2013, the Arctic Monkeys performed what is probably their most famous gig. They played their hit “I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor” as well as The Beatles’ “Come Together” at the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Summer Olympics. Their version of “Come Together” was eventually released as a single and it charted at number 21.
The Arctic Monkeys are comprised of lead singer and guitarist Alex Turner, guitarist Jamie Cook, bassist Nick O’Malley, and drummer Matt Helders. O’Malley replaced Andy Nicholson shortly after the band released their debut album.