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Arctic Monkeys — A Certain Romance
Album: Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I Am Not
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Released: 2006
Length: 5:24
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Well, oh, they might wear classic Reeboks or knackered Converse
Or tracky bottoms tucked in socks
But all of that's what the point is not
The point's that there ain't no romance around there

And there's the truth that they can't see
They'd probably like to throw a punch at me
And if you could only see 'em, then you would agree
Agree that there ain't no romance around there

You know, oh, it's a funny thing, you know?
We'll, tell them if you like
We'll, tell them all tonight
They'll never listen
Because their minds are made up
And course it's all okay to carry on that way

'Cause over there there's broken bones
There's only music so that there's new ringtones
And it don't take no Sherlock Holmes
To see it's a little different around here

Don't get me wrong though, there's boys in bands
And kids who like to scrap with pool cues in their hands
And just 'cause he's had a couple of cans
He thinks it's alright to act like a dickhead

Don't you know, oh, it's a funny thing, you know?
We'll tell them if you like
We'll tell them all tonight
They'll never listen
Because their minds are made up
And course it's all okay to carry on that way
But I said no, oh no
Well, you won't get me to go
Not anywhere, not anywhere
No, I won't go, oh no, no

Well over there, there's friends of mine
What can I say, I've known them for a long, long time
And yet they might overstep the line
But you just cannot get angry in the same way

No, not in the same way
Said not in the same way
Oh no, oh no, no
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According to Wiki, "Dross is a mass of solid impurities floating on a molten metal.", "Dross is distinguished from slag" and "Dross is a wasteful material." Perhaps I'm being a little harsh.. it's been a long day. I'm truly glad to be of service, enlightening the world with new descriptives. My grammar is perhaps a little 'ropey' but never let it be said that I Monsieur Montyontherun, cannot come up with a succinct adjective. I accept that some will find said song 'likeable', but alas after much contemplation, I still consider it to be 'pants' I bid you good day. Wizzuvv_oz wrote:
:-) "Dross" is a term with which I am unfamiliar; however, I find it to be succinctly descriptive and it conveys an interesting mental image with respect to the individual's disapproval of this song. I like the word and I will use it myself, should the opportunity arise. I am pleased by the fact that this forum attracts listeners of such intelligence as to increase my vocabulary, and I would like to thank RP for providing this unexpected benefit (chuckle). This aside, I politely disagree with the characterization of this song as dross. I do not find it to be unpleasant. On the contrary, I find it to be rather enjoyable! :-) p.s. I'm not trying to be (too much of) a dick, but sometimes quick emailing is a little bit imprecise. I'll try to make it a more clear when I'm kidding. This, for any future reference, is 99% of the times you see my posts. ;-)
Still have problems with this group - even though they've outlived my 'one-hit-wonder-before-sinking-back-into-oblivion' tag. Tracks I've heard off the new album are growing on me more than from this album, so maybe I'll just eat a few of my words. (ps upped this track to a 4 :wink: ) Ngoziman wrote:
After seeing them on TV, I couldn't understand the hype these guys were getting, and after hearing a few tracks I still can't understand it. I love the way they've grown out the ether and their healthy distaste for the media circus, but I just don't think their music cuts it.
haljordan wrote:
This guy grammar are atrocious.
:-) "Dross" is a term with which I am unfamiliar; however, I find it to be succinctly descriptive and it conveys an interesting mental image with respect to the individual's disapproval of this song. I like the word and I will use it myself, should the opportunity arise. I am pleased by the fact that this forum attracts listeners of such intelligence as to increase my vocabulary, and I would like to thank RP for providing this unexpected benefit (chuckle). This aside, I politely disagree with the characterization of this song as dross. I do not find it to be unpleasant. On the contrary, I find it to be rather enjoyable! :-) p.s. I'm not trying to be (too much of) a dick, but sometimes quick emailing is a little bit imprecise. I'll try to make it a more clear when I'm kidding. This, for any future reference, is 99% of the times you see my posts. ;-)
This guy grammar are atrocious. <insert some emoticon that shows I'm just kidding so I don't get flamed yada yada yada />
Montyontherun wrote:
Complete dross... I really really don't like this complete drivel. URrrghh.. But on a lighter note, it'll be finished in about three bars! :D
dross. There's a useful word I'm not familiar with. This forum is better than my Merriam Webster word o' the day! Thanks RP. On a lighter note, I kinda like the song. Not total dross.
let say....a bit overrated??
I'll be checking them out tonight at the Coachella Festival...looking forward to it :-)
brrrr...them monkeys is chilly...
Complete dross... I really really don't like this complete drivel. URrrghh.. But on a lighter note, it'll be finished in about three bars! :D
skyguy wrote:
I know, and why adam sandler? I didn't even think he had a band......
uuuhhh...
I keep hearing Ziggy Stardust spitting out lyrics.
wally42 wrote:
I know it's petty, but, I really hate the cover of CD.
I know, and why adam sandler? I didn't even think he had a band......
strick wrote:
The intro was serioulsy painful, but it turned out okay once it got the groove going....
Maybe the crashing thrash-metal start folowed by a more mellow and reflective poignancy is a metaphor for the rhythm of romance?
I know it's petty, but, I really hate the cover of CD.
celadonstone wrote:
From a USA perspective, where are they now? 'Split up, producing music instead of making it, what....?
..headlining the Glastonbury festival in England this summer...?
Cheeky monkeys
Fun track. As someone who enjoys a lot of the recent rock for recalling the late 70s and 80s, only time will tell which bands are still here in 10 years and which arent. I can recall Oasis and Blur being all the rage back in the 90s. From a USA perspective, where are they now? 'Split up, producing music instead of making it, what....?
Not the best song on this album but good.
i'm going to be interested to see them at coachella this year
OOOOOH .. SO THIS IS WHAT ARTIC MONKEYS SOUND LIKE .. I DIG.. I'VE BEEN HEARING A BIT OF BUZZ ABOUT THESE GUYS.. RP ROCKS INDEEDY!
You guys made my day. Arctic Monkeys! :D :D :D
Love them completely. I love the entertaining language, the accent, the fact they write about completely silly things. . . Love them.
These kids should make all of us optimistic. Or a little less pessimistic, anyway. Or maybe just mystic.
The intro was serioulsy painful, but it turned out okay once it got the groove going....
algrif wrote:
I'm with you all the way on that.
Agreed with again.
I like their tune with the line about the "sexy little swine" the most.
physicsgenius wrote:
Oh Xist, I cannot agree more. Death to Depress-o-Rock!
check out their Wikipedia entry...even you might give them points for atitude and amusing cynical lyrics
"And over there there's broken bones There's only music, so that there's new ringtones" Gave me an idea for a new breakfast cereal: Cynical Minicles. Love it. And he's only 20 or something. What a grumpy old git he'll be when he's 60...
King_Balt wrote:
just simply brilliant. I saw them here in Baltimore in June and you really cant appreciate the album until you've seen them live and then you realize - WOW they really are only 18 yrs old and it makes you realize what an achievement this album is and how brilliant they really are... hope they can follow it up.
I thought, now mari, this is a very positive attitude to take, though green with envy, so I took a trip to YouTube and there they are, like you said, just lads, and they're goin' for it, good on ém I say, they can only get better as they mature, like all of us, hopefully :question: :music: Go Monkeys!
I like Arctic Monkeys, but isn't it kind of cruel to play them right after Joe Walsh? Hard act to follow. It's like Sting singing with Pavarotti...Or Bono with BB King.
It sounds fresh. Not bad as flavor of the month, but this sound wont last the test of time.
StellarSwarm wrote:
I don't know...I just don't get it. Usually, even if I don't like a particular band, I can hear what it is that makes it likeable to others, and I just don't hear it in the Arctic Monkeys.
I'm with you all the way on that.
just simply brilliant. I saw them here in Baltimore in June and you really cant appreciate the album until you've seen them live and then you realize - WOW they really are only 18 yrs old and it makes you realize what an achievement this album is and how brilliant they really are... hope they can follow it up.
Thanks for playing this new band. It's good to mix some new music into the play list.
A great tune for a Friday afternoon :bananasplit:
A lot of hype, but hey, if they can follow it up...
it's like alternaska
Paul_in_Australia wrote:
Makes a VERY welcome change from the litany of anonymous breathy angst-ridden female vocalists and pompous oh-so-smart guitar rockers from some American city where the kids couldnt even locate Sheffield with a Fodor's guidebook. Sounds fresh and accessible to me.
Oh Xist, I cannot agree more. Death to Depress-o-Rock!
Favorite band of 2006!
:bananajam: :bananajam: :drummer: :dancingbanana_2: :guitarist: Would ARCTIC MONKEYS like a banana band???
Gotta love this one, especially the big finish.
I don't know...I just don't get it. Usually, even if I don't like a particular band, I can hear what it is that makes it likeable to others, and I just don't hear it in the Arctic Monkeys.
Paul_in_Australia wrote:
Makes a VERY welcome change from the litany of anonymous breathy angst-ridden female vocalists and pompous oh-so-smart guitar rockers from some American city where the kids couldnt even locate Sheffield with a Fodor's guidebook.
Speaking of pompous and angst-ridden... :ask: Were you horribly abused by America teenagers at some point in your life, or are you just as much an ass as the people you like to stereotype?
I love these guys more every time I hear them. It's not ordinary for a new band to make me want to dance the way that I did twenty years ago.
GBV good, Arctic Monkeys, not so much.
I keep liking this band more and more as I'm exposed to more and more of their stuff. The intro to this song is also an excellent segue from Funk #49 - go Bill, go! Ook! Ook! (shiver)
wondertoofar wrote:
I would like to like this band but I just can't bring myself to it. First the name is stupid.
yeah, i always judge a book by it's cover too.
I would like to like this band but I just can't bring myself to it. First the name is stupid. There's the Clash all over this song only they did it better. All in all, as I said before, it's just ordinary. Not worth the hype. Not at all.
A very likable, enthousiastic and talented young band with their musical heart on the right place! It's a shame they became the hype like they are (were), it almost makes it impossible to simply judge their music ... which is actually pretty good (but not overwhelming)
GPLDAN wrote:
Fowling your air? That Dick Cheney quail incident in Texas has given you guys bird flu of the brain.
Bravo, sir. :roflol: :notworthy: :clap:
JohnErle wrote:
When I find a band that's both grand and fun, I think they're pretty special. And I love the fact that the rating histogram for this song looks like a raised middle finger aimed directly at the naysayers. :ass: :nyah:
:yes: "There's only music so that there's new ringtones." :lol:
pyxxel wrote:
My feelings exactly. They're grand and fun but nothing special.
When I find a band that's both grand and fun, I think they're pretty special. And I love the fact that the rating histogram for this song looks like a raised middle finger aimed directly at the naysayers. :ass: :nyah:
Sounds like old Mott The Hoople or ancient Bowie --which, of course, is pretty cool. Dig the variety on RP! Like a microcosm of a musical Universe!
MCKY wrote:
I just don't get the excitment over these guys
My feelings exactly. They're grand and fun but nothing special.
GPLDAN wrote:
The first five seconds, the drums are the opening to Black Sabbath's Iron Man. I kept waiting for the "Waaaaaaahhhhhh- Unhhhhhhh"
Actually, the first five seconds made me think of "Amphetamine Blue" by the Vibrators... :-)
highwindows wrote:
OK it's fun & funky social commentary but will the Artic Monkeys stand the test of time? 2007 even. For example whatever happened to "The Darkness"
My sentiments exactly. In fact I'm bored with them already. To Mr. Australia. Mate, It's so cliche to automatically trash Americans. I'd be comfortable matching my IQ to yours anyday or my knowledge of art and cultures. I do suck at spelling though.
Makes a VERY welcome change from the litany of anonymous breathy angst-ridden female vocalists and pompous oh-so-smart guitar rockers from some American city where the kids couldnt even locate Sheffield with a Fodor's guidebook. Sounds fresh and accessible to me.
OK it's fun & funky social commentary but will the Artic Monkeys stand the test of time? 2007 even. For example whatever happened to "The Darkness"
beardp wrote:
playing this after the stone roses and happy mondays really brings out the weakness of this song....
playing it after nirvana did not help......
danstjames wrote:
Sounds like Dave Bowie when he was younger! :drummer:
Only Bowie was tallented.
Sounds like Dave Bowie when he was younger! :drummer:
I like it. If anything its a throw back to the early stones sound. These guys have an undeniable talent especially for their age. Loosen up
I'm struck with the following thought: Man...did Andy Summers change music forever (along with Sting and Stewart). Slow this puppy down slightly, and it's the Police (at least the first half of the song).
I just don't get the excitment over these guys
playing this after the stone roses and happy mondays really brings out the weakness of this song....
This year's Strokes. Nuff said.
dmax wrote:
I kept waiting for him to sing Stop... and Go... I agree that this sounds just like the Strokes, even down to the high pitched guitar.
thanks for validating my early opinion!
BPenni wrote:
I kinda agree with keo. These guys aren't wearing well with me...at all. Just sayin'.
Should've been "teo." Gomen, ne?
teo wrote:
I am sick of hearing Arctic Monkeys every single day on RP. They are an average band and have average songs, what's the big deal? Playing at least one of their songs every day unfortunately makes RP no different from FM radios. Shame.
No FM on my dial would play them. Of course I come from a land where there are Arctic monkeys (at least Dec-Feb in the bars) These guys are fun with attitude. I like it.
TheLoneIguana wrote:
A lot of hype for this band, but I've yet to be all that impressed. Don't hate 'em, but not dying to hear more.
This one is irritating . . . well, it just picked up at the end. Vocals stank. The music borders on being adventurous, but doesn't quite make it there.
These guys are sure cheeky Monkeys! They flamed their fans at sxsw. Young kids too overwhelmed by their success.
teo wrote:
I am sick of hearing Arctic Monkeys every single day on RP. They are an average band and have average songs, what's the big deal? Playing at least one of their songs every day unfortunately makes RP no different from FM radios. Shame.
I disagree. They are a BELOW average band.
I kinda agree with keo. These guys aren't wearing well with me...at all. Just sayin'.
Flavor of the moment. Today's Interpol.
A lot of hype for this band, but I've yet to be all that impressed. Don't hate 'em, but not dying to hear more.
Gregorama wrote:
Aren't WE moral? Oh, and you forgot a bunch of apostrophes. Your second-hand spelling is fowling my air.
Fowling your air? That Dick Cheney quail incident in Texas has given you guys bird flu of the brain.
I am sick of hearing Arctic Monkeys every single day on RP. They are an average band and have average songs, what's the big deal? Playing at least one of their songs every day unfortunately makes RP no different from FM radios. Shame.
The first five seconds, the drums are the opening to Black Sabbath's Iron Man. I kept waiting for the "Waaaaaaahhhhhh- Unhhhhhhh"
I kept waiting for him to sing Stop... and Go... I agree that this sounds just like the Strokes, even down to the high pitched guitar.
catmaven wrote:
Do tell. Is it because you too cannot figure out the value of an album cover that features an addiction that kills our loved ones via brain drain, impoverishment, lung cancer, heart disease, and other such charming accoutrements??
GChevy410 wrote:
people who smoke get what they know is coming, so i dont feel sorry for them, its not like they arent informed that its bad for them, and its no longer the "cool" thing to do, so if you smoke you made a choice
Actually, if smoking makes you write catchy tunes like this it cannot be that bad!
Brilliant in SF Last Night!
noelbarnes wrote:
insightful ~
stop this, you're making me want to take a break.
GChevy410 wrote:
people who smoke get what they know is coming, so i dont feel sorry for them, its not like they arent informed that its bad for them, and its no longer the "cool" thing to do, so if you smoke you made a choice
insightful ~
Gregorama wrote:
Aren't WE moral?
Lol..okaaaay :clap:
How did I know, without checking, that this was Arctic Monkeys? (Not a bad thing, necessarily.)
GChevy410 wrote:
people who smoke get what they know is coming, so i dont feel sorry for them, its not like they arent informed that its bad for them, and its no longer the "cool" thing to do, so if you smoke you made a choice
Aren't WE moral? Oh, and you forgot a bunch of apostrophes. Your second-hand spelling is fowling my air.
people who smoke get what they know is coming, so i dont feel sorry for them, its not like they arent informed that its bad for them, and its no longer the "cool" thing to do, so if you smoke you made a choice
Brian_S wrote:
That would be enough to make me want to throw a punch your way. :beat:
:roflol: but :naughty:
catmaven wrote:
Do tell. Is it because you too cannot figure out the value of an album cover that features an addiction that kills our loved ones via brain drain, impoverishment, lung cancer, heart disease, and other such charming accoutrements??
That would be enough to make me want to throw a punch your way. :beat:
deanofox wrote:
I cant stop myself from staring at these bananas dancing to this song, it fits so well! Please stop it now, please........nope, still staring!
i really shouldn't have read this post, i cant stop staring now. thanks.
Fresh punching sound! Cool voice and nice lyrics as well. 9/10
catmaven wrote:
Do tell...
After seeing them on TV, I couldn't understand the hype these guys were getting, and after hearing a few tracks I still can't understand it. I love the way they've grown out the ether and their healthy distaste for the media circus, but I just don't think their music cuts it.
Ngoziman wrote:
This make me want to throw a punch their way.
Do tell. Is it because you too cannot figure out the value of an album cover that features an addiction that kills our loved ones via brain drain, impoverishment, lung cancer, heart disease, and other such charming accoutrements?? :eh: :confused: :ask: :think: :doh:
This make me want to throw a punch their way.
get this CD coming!!! come on, hurry.
Catchy. The more I hear it, the more I like it.
I have their debut album, and they've been getting serious 'Press' here in the UK.........to be totally honest, I don't rate them all that much.......it must be all 'smoke and mirrors' with these guys' management company? Good luck to them though...........I give them no more than two more albums before they disappear off the face of the musical planet. :sleep:
More agreement for liking the beginning and then the rest is okay, but nothing special. - Riff
Mari wrote:
... :bananajam: ... Artic Monkeys are made for Banana Emoticons ... or the other way round, whatever they Rock ya Socks and Peel the Tens Unbidden with their Monkey Business! ... :dancingbanana: ... A Certain Romance Perhaps? ...
I cant stop myself from staring at these bananas dancing to this song, it fits so well! Please stop it now, please........nope, still staring!
greg6494 wrote:
First riff is a lift (an homage?) from Rush's La Villa Strangiato...odd in proportion to the rest of the track?
exactly right, i heard that too. no wonder i like the beginning. :)
I think they sound like a combo of the strokes and early bowie. and i think that is a good thing. go artic monkeys
I like it.. and I like it a lot.
For a moment there, I thought this was an obscure Steely Dan song I'd never heard of before.
First riff is a lift (an homage?) from Rush's La Villa Strangiato...odd in proportion to the rest of the track?
Not the best track on the album, but a fine new band none the less.