Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor

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189 – Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor (2005)
Written by Alex Turner
Produced by Jim Abbiss
Label – Domino

“Don’t believe the hype” Alex Turner warns at the start of the live performance promo that accompanies the single. How could anyone in the U.K. not be swept up in the hype? Turner’s spitfire vocal of pick up artists in Sheffield clubs, the frenetic pace, and the back to basics garage rock style gave it the impetus to become the clarion call for a final number one pop chart hurrah before Pop Idol, X Factor, random DJ’s, dancing bimbo’s and other no marks took over popular music.

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10 responses to “Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor

  1. I’m not quite sure what I think of the arctic monkeys. When they first came out, I was so turned off with all the hype and I thought they sounded like an Oasis ripoff but these days, I don’t know. When I hear them, I don’t turn the off so I guess that’s something….

    • Oh yeah, the hype was massive for sure, and I think many like yourself were understandably skeptical, however I think they did have original music and they’ve become one of the few indie bands in the U.K. that still have a strong following

  2. Hackskeptic, this is so good it could stand toe to toe with ANY British pop record ever made. The responsibility of continuing the lineage from the Shads to the Fab Four to the Woking Wonders, the Nutty Boys and the Smiths, was immortaly upheld in this perfect 45. As a modern artefact inseparable from its promo film, it’s immaculate, at once from it’s own era, echoing all the music we hold dear, yet pointing to the future. Brilliantly played, produced for both the transistor and the dual core processor, for the connoisseur and the housewife. Playable by Peel, Wogan or Vance, a truly marvellous choice mi amino.

  3. I remember being put off by the hype and thinking “here we go again” when all the usual ‘most important UK band in the last 10 years’ type stuff was thrown about, but over the years I’ve heard, and enjoyed, a whole load of their stuff.

    Although I wasn’t initially all that impressed, when I gave it a chance and actually listened to it, I actually really liked it. It’s one of those rare tracks that says so much about everything that’s been and is / was around the corner. As Kenny says, it’s hard to fault it.

    • Great point J. I was at first, very reluctant to listen to them. But once I saw the promo, which reminded me so much of a classic Old Grey Whistle Test session, I was sold.

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