Arctic Monkeys’ story is told in new BBC Radio 1 podcast

They changed the face of music forever and now a Radio 1 podcast for BBC Sounds tells the story of Arctic Monkeys.

Arctic Monkeys: Believe the Hype relives the early days of the band, the making of their first album, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not and the huge cultural impact that debut had.

In this eight-part series, Kate Nash is joined by the band’s mentors Richard Hawley and John Cooper Clarke, friends Jon McClure and Chris McClure, fans Mahalia, Yungblud, Jordan Stephens and Blossoms, and the cultural commentators who witnessed the carnage first hands – Jo Whiley and Conor McNicholas – to relive the chaotic early years of the band.

It was Sheffield in the early 2000s and Alex Turner was still a teenager. What he knew about was scrappy nights out, shift work behind the bar of The Boardwalk and attempts at romance in a place where the notion felt alien!

Arctic Monkeys’ first demos were intimate in scope, with Turner singing the minutiae of his every day, but there was something universal.

By the time the band recorded a debut album, those demos were already catching fire online. Whatever People Say… was destined to become the definitive album. Of Sheffield. Of the UK. Of the early Internet and renegade piracy, indie discos and festival stages, suburban malaise and a certain noughties romance, mimicked many times since, never again matched.

The podcast is brought to life with the band’s music, live recordings and archive interviews. It’s the story of a boy who scrawls observations from behind a bar in his hometown, and lives to see them thrown back his way by audiences the world over.

Arctic Monkeys: Believe the Hype will launch on BBC Sounds on Monday 23 January.

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