The Arctic Monkeys are one of the most prominent and iconic rock bands of their generation, formed in 2002 they have reinvented the indie rock genre and we have been fans of them every step of the way. Their debut album fuelled many a college party and “Bet you Look Good on the Dance floor” is still a firm ū:who favourite.
The year was 2007 when the opening notes and Northern Sheffield Tones of Alex Turner hit our ear drums. “505” is the final track from their second studio album “Favourite Worst Nightmare” and truth be told, it was not originally our favourite song from their album, let alone one of our favourite of all time. “Teddy Picker” and “Do Me a Favour” were outright favourites on the first few plays on their new release.
The old adage “slow and steady wins the race” sums up how “505” pushed its way into our heart. It became a real love of ours only as recently as 2018 with its clever progression and steady melody. Once you make your way through the dreamily haunting and mysterious organ sample from “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly” and you listen to the opening lines of what Alex Turner admits was Arctic Monkeys first love song, you make your way into familiar territory with some melodic mellow guitar layering and Matt Helders trademark drum rhythm on repeat.
With a lot of today’s “love songs” there is an unashamed explicit sexual nature to it, yet the lyrical genius Turner, manages to maintain an alluring sensual and romantic tension without it turning into anything explicitly sexual. The way which the band build their musical progression adds to the romantic story telling, as around the 2:30 mark the music begins to reaches its climax, as the pace builds into a classic explosion of indie rock energy.
The narrative painted is that of a slightly torrid and dysfunctional relationship, one where the energy between the two is just too much and they keep coming back to each other “I’d probably still adore you with your hands around my neck….not shy of a spark” and “I’m going back to 505 if it’s a seven-hour flight or a forty-five minute drive”. There is a tinge of sadness and acceptance, almost a sigh, with lyrics such as “I crumble completely when your cry, it seems like once again you’ve had to greet me with goodbye, I’m always just about to go and spoil a surprise”.
In summary, we love “505” and think it deserves a whole lot of love from you all. It has a vintage romantic feel, with true indie rock and roll energy which will make it a classic for years to come. A masterpiece ready to be appreciated so much so it regularly features in our Sunday morning routine as found here in our “Easy like a Sunday Morning” blog.