Listening To: Arctic Monkeys – Arabella

Since we just discussed the origins of the biker jacket, we ought to discuss the music that goes hand in hand: rock and roll. And while I could have picked one of my favorite classics from The Ramones or The Rolling Stones — I wanted to take a look at the music produced today (don’t worry, we’ll get to those bands too). This blog is just as much a nod to the history of style as it is a place to discuss modern interpretations.

Started in 2002, the Arctic Monkeys rose to fame from popularity on Internet fan sites and are considered to be one of the most prominent bands of the post-punk revival in the U.K. The band has produced five albums and each has it’s own distinct sound. For their latest album, AM, frontman Alex Turner 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.”

There is no better example of this experiment with sound than the song Arabella. Pay attention to the lyrics too, you’re in for a treat:

“Arabella’s got a 70’s head
But she’s a modern lover
It’s an exploration, she’s made of outer space
And her lips are like the galaxy’s edge
And her kiss the colour of a constellation falling into place”


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