Monday, March 3, 2014

Video Of The Week: Arctic Monkeys

And in the category ''Best rip-off of Black Sabbath's War Pigs'', the award goes to... Arctic Monkeys?

Yes, indeed. And just like last week's Beyoncé video, it was directed by Jake Nava. It's a black-and-white shot of the band playing in a Beat Generation-type of 1960s jazz bar orgy attended by British ''rockers'' of the time (you can tell by their leather jackets), so you half-expect the video to end with them entering a fight with ''mods'' (their Vespa-driving, fashion-obsessed amphetamine using counterparts):

Like most songs by Arctic Monkeys, it's irresistibly catchy and relatively dancey, but this time they've put more rock in their sound, and it suits them just fine. 2013's AM was also less ''let's be clever at all costs'' and more, uh, ''good'' than their previous efforts except for their first album, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not (2006), which was successful on both ends.

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