10 Things You Might Not Know About Arctic Monkeys

You Think You Know Arctic Monkeys, But Do You Really?

Right off the heels of their biggest Toronto show ever, we figured you may be going through some Arctic Monkeys withdrawal. It’s time to get to know the band that just played to a sold out Molson Amphitheatre.

Here are 10 things you might not have known about Arctic Monkeys:

1. Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not is the fastest selling debut record in British music history.
2. The first show Arctic Monkeys ever played was on June 13, 2003 and was at The Grapes in Sheffield City Centre.
the grapes
3. Their original Myspace page was created by fans, and was later taken over by the band.
arcticmonkeys myspace
4. Alex Turner’s parents taught both German and music in Sheffield secondary schools.
alex turners parents
5. The original singer of Arctic Monkeys was a man named Glyn Jones, Turner was too shy to take the mic at first.

(Glyn is so shy that we can’t find a photo of him anywhere)
6. The first show Turner ever went to was The Vines. He was inspired by unpredictable front man, Craig Nicholls.
7. Guitarist Jamie Cook worked as a bathroom tiler until 2005, and once returned from a sold out tour to complete a job he had previously started.
2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival - Day 1
8. There was a point when the band planned on naming Suck It and See, “Thriller” instead.
suck it and see
9. Alex Turner’s favourite Beatles album is Rubber Soul
10. Drummer Matt Helders’ biggest hero is Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. Matt said, “[Bonham is] my biggest hero. I think he just inspires me to play drums in general.”