Alex Turner

Alex Turner



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  • Trivia

    • Alex released an album with side project 'Last Shadow Puppets' called 'The Age Of Understatement'. Turner recently formed the band with 'The Rascals' singer, Miles Kane. So far the album has reached number one in the UK album chart.

    • So far the Arctic Monkeys have had 2 number one UK singles.

    • Alex plays on guitar in the song "Sex With The Ex" by 'The State Of Things'.

    • In the song 'Fake Tales Of San Fransisco', Turners lyrics are sometimes confused due his northern accent to drop the H. One lyric is;
      "Get off the bandwagon, put down the handbook"
      Whereas it is sometimes thought to be;
      "Get off the bandwagon, put down the anchor".

    • Alex features in all seven of the Arctic Monkeys music videos.

    • Both of the Arctic Monkeys albums have reached number 1 in the UK, Ireland and Germany.

    • From 2005-2007 the Arctic Monkeys have picked up 23 awards; including 'Best Album' from Q in 2006, and 'Best British Breakthrough Act' from NME in 2006.

    • As well as releasing two studio albums, the Arctic Monkeys have also released two EP's: 'Five Minutes With The Arctic Monkeys' and 'Who The **** Are The Arctic Monkeys?'

    • Alex often sings with his strong Yorkshire accent, and uses local dialect such as 'owt' and nowt', instead of 'anything' and 'nothing' in his lyrics.

    • It has been said that the Arctic Monkeys were one of the first bands to be discovered by the public through the internet.

    • The Arctic Monkeys are signed with Domino Records.

    • Alex's first gig with the Arctic Monkeys was on the 13th of June 2003 at The Grapes which is in Sheffield, UK.

    • Alex was neighbours with fellow member of the Arctic Monkeys Jamie Cook whilest they were at school together in Sheffield.

    • Discography with the Arctic Monkeys:
      Whatever People Say I Am Thats What I'm Not (2006)
      Favourite Worst Nightmare (2007)

    • In 2006 the Arctic Monkeys received the 'Best British Band' from the NME awards, and the 'Best British Breakthrough Act' at the Brit Awards.

    • In 2005 Alex was named the 'Coolest Man On The Planet' according to NME.

    • Alex began playing the guitar in 2001, which he received as a Christmas gift. He then went on to co-found the Arctic Monkeys in 2003.

    • As well as founding the Arctic Monkeys, Alex has also worked with Dizzee Rascal on his song 'Temptation', and with the band Reverend and the Makers on the song 'The Machine'.

    • As well as singing and playing the guitar, Alex can also play the combo organ.

    • Both of Alex's parent are teachers.

    • Alex is the lead singer and guitarist in the band the Arctic Monkeys.

  • Quotes

    • Alex Turner (To the BBC): It was 2002, we all got guitars for Christmas and started playing in my garage that summer, rehearsed there and in a warehouse for a bit for about a year.

    • Alex Turner (When asked about the protagonist in the song 'Brianstorm'): I can't remember Brian now... I dunno if he were in me imagination or what... it's a blank spot in me brain... I think that's what he (Brian) wanted.

    • Alex Turner (From the song 'When The Sun Goes Down'): Who's that girl there? I wonder what went wrong So that she had to roam the streets She dunt do major credit cards I doubt she does receipts It's all not quite legitimate.

    • Alex Turner: We should not be afraid of change, we should return to the old ideas.

    • Alex Turner: It were amazing. That day it was like, 'Sky News wants to talk to you'.

    • Alex Turner: I feel like I should just flip out and do something crazy. It's boring when people tell me I'm really well grounded. I feel a little bit sensible? I don't want to be that.

    • Alex Turner: We're getting a lot of (new) music together. It's all about our adventures at the moment. We don't see Sheffield much anymore? it's a closed book. We're moving on and thinking about different things.

    • Alex Turner: We live in Sheffield and we write about the things we see here. What else is there to write about?

    • Alex Turner: Last year on tour we were listening to a lot of Prodigy, the "…Jilted Generation" album. The way there's loads of changes and bits in songs – I think Brianstorm is a bit like that.

    • Alex Turner (on naming debut 'Arctic Monkeys' album): I thought to myself, 'That's a right line, I'm gonna put that in summat.' For a start it's good because the film's called Saturday Night And Sunday Morning and that's kind of what the album is, so there's a link there. And also, there's a lot of people saying a lot of things about us and you don't have control over it.