The View from the Afternoon
Cigarette Smoker Fiona
Despair In the Departure Lounge
Who the Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys?
Editors' Notes Having first forged their legend giving away demo CDs recorded at a sprint, Arctic Monkeys stuck to what they knew with this spiky, five-track throat-clearer. Released just three months after their history-making debut, Who the F***… is, in some ways, as abrasive as its self-aware title track suggests. (“And bring on the backlash,” croaks Alex Turner before that song’s frenzied coda.) That’s only half the story though. “No Buses” is a scratchy music-hall ballad for a new generation, and “Cigarette Smoker Fiona” takes another cacophonous, wry tour of small-town life after dark.