Arctic Monkeys on Letterman

May 30th, 2011 in Music

We flipped over to Letterman the other night and were reminded why the Arctic Monkeys are one of our favorite Brit rock bands.  The band is about to release their fourth album, the ridiculously entitled “Suck It and See” (of course Letterman had fun with that title).  You can check out the pre-release stream of the new album at the Guardian HERE.  Check out the video in which the band perform the very greazy “Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair,” with its interesting lyrical bent (frontman Alex Turner is slyly one of rock’s great lyricists when you can make it out amongst all the venom).  And after that check out one of the best songs ever recorded by man (Riot Van) and a few of their great rockers.

Up rolls the Riot Van and sparks excitement in the boys.  Indeed.  One of the greats.  We love:  “Up rolls the riot van and these lads just wind the coppers up, and that’s why they don’t catch proper crooks.”  It’s a variation of sorts lyrically on Arcade Fire’s Sprawl I (Flatland) and countless other great rock songs.

Arctic Monkeys–Riot Van

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And sounding at times like early Jam and The Clash, with some dashes of The Strokes and The Libertines, these lads also wind the rockers up.  Check ’em out and then look out for the new album.

Arctic Monkeys–When the Sun Goes Down

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Arctic Monkeys–Red Light Indicates Doors Are Secured

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Arctic Monkeys–From the Ritz to The Rubble

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