When their second album, Favourite Worst Nightmare was released on April 18th 2007, indie rock band Arctic Monkeys had already made history.
After all, heir debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, released in January 2006, broke the record as UK’s fastest selling debut album with over 360,000 copies in the first week. After this incredible success, the band’s second album (which is by definition a challenge for any musician) was under enormous pressure. However, they delivered a self-written record which gained considerable critical appraisal, winning the Brit Awards for Best British Album and Best British Band in 2008.
With tracks such as ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’, ‘D is for Dangerous’, ‘Brianstorming’ and ‘505’, Arctic Monkeys brought back their edgy sound and Alex Turner’s representative lyrics in what some critics thought was a more aggressive style. ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’, the second single of the album and one of the band’s most popular songs encapsulates the spirit that made them a phenomenon: dynamic, thoughtful, playful. This spirit represented an entire generation, and it still does ten years later.
Listen to ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’ below: