James’ Shamelessly Nostalgic A-Z Of Albums That He Liked To Listen To When He Was Younger – Part 23: Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not

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And so to ‘W’ in this A-Z musical retrospective of the noughties. There were a few decent albums from the 2000s that began with ‘W’ but one from 2006 still managed to stand out from the crowd.

W is for Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not

In January 2006, I was entering the last few months of my time living in Paris, on the final straight towards completing a long overdue degree and still about four months away from finally getting around to asking out the pretty girl that I had been chatting to every week before my theatre studies lecture, who would later go on to become Mrs Proclaims.

I was mostly listening to French music at the time, though you’ll note that phase passed and none of the French albums that frequented my CD player at the time have made the cut for my retrospective – I still enjoy revisiting them from time to time but I couldn’t claim to be an expert on French popular music and I’m not sure the artists I was listening to would necessarily even be especially representative of the best of the various genres that permeate the French music scene. I had more or less lost touch with UK music at that time, but one album still managed to break through.

And that would be the fastest-selling debut album in British music history.

Arctic Monkeys have released some great records over the years, and have never been afraid to re-invent themselves, generally successfully. Frontman Alex Turner has such a distinctive voice that it’s never particularly hard to identify an Artic Monkeys’ track, but each of their albums still has its own distinct sound.

Which is to their credit because when you release a debut as iconic as Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not it must be tempting to try to recreate that sound on subsequent albums.

I do enjoy all of their output, even the somewhat polarising 2018 release, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, but I do have a special place in my heart for their first album.

And few songs represent the entire decade better than I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor.

  12 comments for “James’ Shamelessly Nostalgic A-Z Of Albums That He Liked To Listen To When He Was Younger – Part 23: Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not

  1. April 27, 2021 at 7:49 am

    Oh well, all to their own- sorry, never done much for me. But music is all about the individual.

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  2. April 27, 2021 at 10:25 am

    album name probably inspired by Rotherham United’s football fans chant – “who r ya, who r ya”
    Turner probably heard them from his bedroom whilst he was recording.

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    • April 28, 2021 at 9:06 pm

      I’m happy to believe that

      Like

  3. April 27, 2021 at 2:36 pm

    Wearily watching wackiness!

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  4. April 27, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    I hadn’t heard of the Arctic Monkeys until they played in the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony. Not sure if they made less of an impression in the US or if I was just clueless, but it was probably the latter.

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    • April 28, 2021 at 9:07 pm

      They were huge in the UK but I’ve no idea if they travelled particularly well.

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  5. April 28, 2021 at 5:52 am

    I didn’t know it was the fastest selling debut album in British history! It is a really good album though. And tranquility base has definitely grown on me.

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    • April 28, 2021 at 9:09 pm

      I do get my facts from Wikipedia so it may, in fact, not be true. Tranquillity Base was a bit of an effort for me too, but I got there in the end.

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      • April 29, 2021 at 5:00 am

        Coming from someone who also gets their facts from Wikipedia, I’ll take your word for it

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