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Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?

“Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?” is a song by English indie rock band Arctic Monkeys. It was released as the third single from their fifth studio album AM on 11 August 2013. It was written by the group’s lead vocalist Alex Turner while its production was handled by James Ford. Upon its release, many critics compared the composition of “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?” with works by different artists.

On 30 August 2013, an audio track of the single’s B-side, “Stop the World I Wanna Get Off with You”, was released onto Arctic Monkeys’ official YouTube channel.[1][2] An accompanying music video was shot for the song by Nabil Elderkin and released in July 2013. The band has performed the song multiple times on different venues and also on their ongoing AM Tour.

When the Sun Goes Down (Arctic Monkeys song)

“When the Sun Goes Down” is a song by English indie rock band Arctic Monkeys. It was released on 16 January 2006 as the second single from their debut studio album, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (2006). It followed debut single “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor” to number one on the UK Singles Chart.

The song is about prostitution in the Neepsend district of Sheffield. Originally known as “Scummy”, early reports had also suggested its name would be simply “Sun Goes Down”, but the full name was confirmed on Arctic Monkeys’ website. The line “and he told Roxanne to put on her red light,” is a reference to The Police song “Roxanne”.

The View from the Afternoon

“The View from the Afternoon” is a song by Arctic Monkeys originally released as the opening track on the band’s first album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not in January 2006. It was also the lead track on the Who the Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys? EP. This release had an accompanying video. Although never released as a single the song is a staple of live concerts by the band.

The themes of “The View from the Afternoon” are based around observations of behaviour on an excursion into local nightlife. The song opens with the lines “Anticipation has a habit to set you up/For disappointment in evening entertainment but”. Vocalist Alex Turner comments on the expectation that an evening that will be enjoyable will likely lead to disappointment; the line could also serve a comment on the massive hype surrounding the album in the UK press before release and several critics and fans have suggested this was intentional by Turner. The song describes various scenes; a group of meretricious females who have rented a limousine for a fancy dress party; a gambler who has won and then lost the jackpot on a fruit machine; and “two-for-one” drinks promotions. The chorus describes a drunk club-goer sending romantic text messages (“verse and chapter sat in her inbox”) on a Nokia mobile phone which is only interpreted by the receiver as evidence he has drunk a lot; Turner noting “you can pour your heart out but her reasoning will block all what you send her after nine o’clock”. The lyrics, along with many on Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, criticise the culture of the nightlife described in the song, in a sarcastic and deriding tone.

The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala

“The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala” is a song by the English indie rock band Arctic Monkeys, released as the second single from their fourth studio album Suck It and See and was intended to be released as a 7″ vinyl on 15 August 2011.[1]

The 7″ vinyl features only one B-side titled “Little Illusion Machine (Wirral Riddler)” and is credited to Miles Kane and the Death Ramps. The Death Ramps is a pseudonym previously adopted by the band when they released a limited edition vinyl with “Teddy Picker” b-sides “Nettles” and “The Death Ramps” back in 2007.

The music video for the single premiered on 7 July 2011 on YouTube. It was directed by Focus Creeps and featured footages of the band and model Scarlett Kapella as the “hellcat.”[2]

The b-side “Little Illusion Machine (Wirral Riddler)” was made available for streaming the on 8 August.

On 8 August 2011, most of the stock of the single was destroyed in an arson fire at the PIAS Entertainment Group’s warehouse during the 2011 London Riots,[3][4] severely hindering the single’s retail release. The limited amount of remaining inventory was released exclusively on the band’s website.[5]

Teddy Picker

“Teddy Picker” is a song by the English indie rock band Arctic Monkeys, released as the third single[4] from their second album Favourite Worst Nightmare. It was released on 3 December 2007 in the United Kingdom.[5] The song entered the UK Singles Chart at number 20.

The video was directed by Roman Coppola, who has previously worked with The Strokes, Daft Punk and Phoenix. The whole video was completed in one day and features the band performing the song live in RAK studios, London and walking to a local pub. It also won them Best Video at the 2008 NME Awards.

Suck It and See (song)

“Suck It and See” is the third single from Arctic Monkeys’ fourth studio album Suck It and See released via MP3 digital download and 7″ vinyl on 31 October 2011 with the song “Evil Twin” appearing as a B-side. It is one of the rare incidences that a B-side for a single has charted higher than the single itself on release due to downloads, with Suck It and See reaching 149 and Evil Twin reaching 114 on the UK singles chart.

Red Right Hand

“Red Right Hand” is a 1994 song and single from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

It first appeared on the album Let Love In (1994), where it ran at 6:10. It was later released as a single at the condensed length of 4:48. It has since become one of Cave’s signature tunes, performed at most of his concerts.

The liner notes for Murder Ballads points out that the phrase “red right hand” is from a line in John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost that refers to the vengeful hand of God. The opening song on the album, “Song of Joy”, states of a murderer: “It seems he has done many, many more, / quotes John Milton on the walls in the victim’s blood. / The police are investigating at tremendous cost. / In my house he wrote ‘his red right hand’. / That, I’m told, is from Paradise Lost.”

The aforementioned appearance in Paradise Lost (Book II, 170-174) is: “What if the breath that kindled those grim fires, / Awaked, should blow them into sevenfold rage, / And plunge us in the flames; or from above / Should intermitted vengeance arm again / His red right hand to plague us?”.

The term itself appears to be Milton’s translation of the term “rubente dextra” in Horace’s Ode i.2,2-3

R U Mine?

“R U Mine?” is a song by the English indie rock band Arctic Monkeys. It was written by Arctic Monkeys vocalist Alex Turner and bassist Nick O’Malley. The song was released as a digital download in the United Kingdom on 27 February 2012 and was released physically for the Record Store Day on 21 April 2012 on a limited edition double A-side purple 7″ vinyl along with new song “Electricity”. The vinyl was limited to a run of only 1750 copies.

“R U Mine?” debuted at number twenty-three on the UK Singles Chart; the band’s highest charting single since “Crying Lightning” reached number twelve in July 2009. Despite originally being released as a standalone single, the song was later included on their fifth studio album, AM (2013), in a slightly different version. It was later certified gold in the UK, making one of the Arctic Monkey’s best-selling songs.

The song was also featured in the video games Forza Horizon[8] and Rocksmith 2014.[9] It was also featured in the videogame Guitar Hero Live. It was released as a downloadable song for the rhythm game Rock Band 3 on January 13, 2015; one of the first three downloadable songs released for Rock Band 3 in almost two years.

The Little Flames

The Little Flames were an indie rock band from Hoylake, England. The band consisted of Eva Petersen (Vocals), Greg Mighall (Drums), Joe Edwards (Bass), Miles Kane (Guitar) and Mat Gregory (Guitar). Their music can best be described as indie rock with some 1960s inspiration, slightly similar to The Coral. Fans of the band include Arctic Monkeys, who could be seen wearing Little Flames T-shirts at concerts at the Astoria in London. The band has played shows with bands such as the Arctic Monkeys, The Coral, The Dead 60s and The Zutons.

The band’s song “Put Your Dukes Up John” was covered by the Arctic Monkeys for the B-side of their single, “Leave Before the Lights Come On”.[1]

One for the Road (Arctic Monkeys song)

“One for the Road” is a song by English band Arctic Monkeys from their fifth studio album, AM. It was released on 9 December 2013 as the fourth single from the album.[2] The single is available in the 7″ vinyl format,[3] and as a digital download, and features a B-side titled “You’re So Dark”. On 6 December 2013, Arctic Monkeys released the B-side’s official audio track onto YouTube.[4]

“One for the Road” is a rock song[5][6] with R&B influences.[7] Featuring backing vocals from rock musician and Humbug producer Josh Homme,[8] the song also features influences from Homme’s band, Queens of the Stone Age.[6] The song starts with high-pitched “woo” sounds performed by drummer Matt Helders and continues with “a bluesy chunky riff” and “Americana-tinged rockabilly twang.”[9]

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