“Put Your Dukes Up, John” (The Little Flames Cover)
The Little Flames, the first band of young aged (18) Miles Kane, have a 3 year short life period. However, they managed to be compared to bads such as The Coral and high profile fans such as the Arctic Monkeys.
“Put Your Dukes Up John” ended up being covered by the Arctic Monkeys for the B-side of their single, “Leave Before the Lights Come On”.
“Come Together” (The Beatles Cover)
The song was written by John Lennon, but credited to Lennon–McCartney partnership. The opening track on the album “Abbey Road” was released as a double A-sided single with “Something”. The song reached the top of the charts in the US and peaked at number four in the UK.
Arctic Monkeys performed a cover of the song during the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony. The song was featured on the soundtrack album of the ceremony, Isles of Wonder. It charted at number 21 in the UK.
“Red Right Hand” (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Cover)
The song written by Nick Cave first appeared on the album “Let Love In” in 1994. It was later released as a single and has since become one of Cave’s signature tunes, performed at most of his concerts.
Arctic Monkeys performed a cover of “Red Right Hand” during their tour of Australia in early 2009, and during their performance in the Reading and Leeds Festival in the summer of the same year, as well as in their North American tour in December. A recorded version of the song appears on the Japanese version of their third album, “Humbug” and as a b-side on the single “Crying Lightning”.
“Diamonds Are Forever” (Shirley Bassey Cover)
Originally sung by Shirley Bassey, “Diamonds Are Forever” appeared on the seventh James Bond Movie soundtrack with the same name.
The title song with lyrics by Don Black, was the second Bond theme to be performed by Shirley Bassey, after “Goldfinger”. Bassey would later return for a third performance for 1979’s “Moonraker”.
In June 2007, Arctic Monkeys headlined the Glastonbury Festival and during their headline act, the band performed with Dizzee Rascal and Simian Mobile Disco and covered “Diamonds Are Forever”.
“Hold On, We’re Going Home” (Drake Cover)
By the hand of his creator , canadian recording artist Drake, the song peaked at number four on the US Billboard Hot 100, and was named the best song of 2013 by Pitchfork Media.
On the 2013 edition of BBC Radio 1’s live series Live Lounge, Arctic Monkeys covered Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home”.
“Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” (Tame Impala Cover)
Although Tame Impala was acused in 2014 of plagiarizing Pablo Ruiz’s song ‘Océano’ , Arctic Monkeys decided to do a cover of that song.
The song was part of Triple J’s “Like a Version” segment, which has bands and artists play live acoustic takes of their favorite songs. In this cover there’s a gentle, dreamy element in the voice of Alex turner.
Later on that month of May, fans were able to see a live collaboration , as Tame Impala opened for Arctic Monkeys during two sold-out shows at London’s Finsbury Park.
“Take It or Leave It” (The Strokes Cover)
Why Arctic Monkeys did a Strokes cover? The answer can be read in the words of Alex Turner:
“To be honest, The Strokes were really a big deal for us. That was a gateway to a lot of other music for me. There is always that one band that comes along when you are 14 or 15 years old that manages to hit you in just the right way and changes your whole perception of things.”
“You Know I’m No Good” (Amy Winehouse Cover)
Amy Winehouse released the song as the second single from her second studio album, “Back to Black”.
In summer 2007, “You Know I’m No Good” was used in advertisements and in the first season opening for AMC’s TV drama Mad Men. On the recap of The Best Songs of 2007 by Entertainment Weekly magazine, this song ranked at number two.
In 2007, “You Know I’m No Good” was added to Arctic Monkeys tour, and also performed on Jo Whiley’s Live Lounge on BBC Radio 1 in their second appearance there, along with their single at the time, “Brianstorm”.
“Katy on a Mission” (Katy B Cover)
Arctic Monkeys take cover on fellow Brit’s dubstep-pop “Katy on a Mission”. Back in the Live Lounge for the first time since 2007, they perform their single “Black Treacle” and a cover of Katy B… as well a special treat “I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor”.
Arctic Monkeys’ cover is revealing and included a nice guitar lick picked from Johnny Kid & the Pirates’ “Shakin’ All Over,” .
“Only You Know” (Dion Cover)
Alex Turner and John Ashton (Keyboards, additional guitar and backing vocals on the “Humbug” album/tour) was the duo who perform Dion’s “Only You Know” during an intimate session for WRXP (New York City) in December 2009 at Avatar Studios. The session also includes other songs such as “Fluorescent Adolescent”, “Cornerstone”, “Crying Lightning” and “Joining the Dots” (“My Propeller” b-side).
During the “Humbug” tour, during “Fluorescent Adolescent” the band would add bits of other songs into the middle of it. These included Dion’s “Only You Know”, Wham!’s “Last Christmas”, Patsy Cline’s “Strange” and their own “Mardy Bum” (sung by Matt Helders).
“Baby I’m Yours” (Barbara Lewis Cover)
“Baby I’m Yours” was written by Van McCoy which was a hit in 1965 for Barbara Lewis (US version). The song was recorded on that same year by Peter and Gordon (UK version).
Several versions were made during the years: among others, by the hand of Linda Lewis in 1976, Cher for the soundtrack of her 1990 film Mermaids, and most recently by Arctic Monkeys, who covered the song as the B-side for their UK hit “Leave Before the Lights Come On”.
“All My Loving” (The Beatles Cover)
While Arctic Monkeys were a household name in the UK, they’ve never quite made it big in America, untill “AM” Tour. In 2014 the Madison Square Garden show happened to coincide with the anniversary of The Beatles performance, which occurred 50 years earlier on “Ed Sullivan” show.
“Apparently one in three Americans watched that performance, and if we’re lucky, maybe, one or three Americans will see this performance on YouTube,” Alex Turner told the audience during the concert, before the band do a slow version of “All My Loving”.
“The Lovers” (Rod McKuen Cover)
Their dark alternative rock sound has really allowed them to stand out from the rest and show how much growth they have already have in such a short time. However, they also are known to make some beautiful acoustic tracks as this stripped down acoustic version.
Rod McKuen is a singer from the 60s/70s who is known for his beautiful poetry. Back in December 2007 on Jonathan Ross’s show, Arctic Monkeys covered “The Lovers”, which you can listen below.
“Strange” (Patsy Cline Cover)
Alex Turner drops by to play a cover of Patsy Cline’s “Strange” for Triple J’s Like A Version, along with other tunes.
During a period of sold-out shows and festivals all around the world over the summer, he found time to play “Suck It and See” the title track from that album, as well as a cover of this tune from 1961.
“Love Machine” (Girls Aloud Cover)
The song was recorded by British girl group Girls Aloud from their second studio album, “What Will the Neighbours Say?” (2004). “Love Machine” debuted and peaked at number 2 on the UK Singles Chart, continuing the band’s string of hits by becoming their sixth consecutive single to chart within the top three.
Already an infectious pop banger, Arctic Monkeys rework the track for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge.
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