WARNING: MUSIC VIDEO MAY BE INAPPROPRIATE FOR YOUNGER OR MORE SENSITIVE VIEWERS DUE TO SEXUALLY GRAPHIC IMAGES
The Arctic Monkeys upcoming album, AM, is set to be released on September 9. It could be their best yet.
The video above is for the song "Why Do You Only Call Me When You're High?" but it actually starts with the song “Do I Wanna Know?” playing as Artic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner gets wasted in a bar with his bandmates. "Why Do You Only Call Me When You're High?" starts at the 1:35 mark of the video. Interestingly, the titles for both songs are in the form of a question and reflect the dark side of the hard partying lifestyle.
Musically, it's a departure from the hard indie rock we've come to expect from the Arctic Monkeys. The tempo is slower and the grooves are funkier. In an interview with NME, Alex Turner has said:
It sounds like a Dr Dre beat, but we've given it an Ike Turner bowl-cut and sent it galloping across the desert on a Stratocaster... It sound less like four lads playing in a room this time. Essentially, that’s what it is, but if you can find a way to manipulate the instruments or the sounds to the point where it sounds a bit like a hip-hop beat that’d be boss in your car, then I think there’s something quite cool about that.
This video is quite humorous, albeit with a very dark edge. Turner's hallucinations are extremely bizarre and sexual. Perhaps a lesson that it's not always the best idea to rip shots of liquor so late in the evening, as tempting as it might be.
Published on Aug 10, 2013
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