Jukebox Classics: #3 The Songs Which Influenced Arctic Monkeys

And the Last Shadow Puppets, with a smidgen of Miles Kane thrown in. The songs they’ve covered, even in a live setting. Thanks to the devotees of the web whose anoraks seem to be zipped up fully to know that a verse or two of ‘Last Christmas’ was included mid-song in Bridlington Spa in 26th May 2012.

I made that last bit up, before you ask. While that Wham ‘epic’ was included mid-song, I can’t remember where the author of the piece which recalled that gem, said it took place or when, for that matter. It may have been more recent than 2012; perhaps when news of Michael’s untimely death broke. Certainly ‘Moonage Daydream’ was a tribute to David Bowie’s passing, that much I do recall.

There was something quintessentially ‘indie’ about Arctic Monkeys breakthrough; refreshing. Not manufactured, gigging and word of mouth with the internet replacing NME, Sounds or Melody Maker. In an age where ‘get rich quick’ and ‘celebrity’ are valued more highly than musical content, it was a welcome boost for live music and for other new bands.

The level of their success may have surprised but it was all their own hard work which got them noticed in the first place, so fair play to them.

Of course, curmudgeons such as myself despise the X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent; the manufactured pop group syndrome. And as I travel through this life, it seems pop music – and by that, pap music might be a better description – is getting no more inventive than it was in my teenage years.

Nor are manufactured bands. The Monkees were initially, The Archies; Boney M a decade later and others too numerous to mention since; they were all put together by a Svengali or two. That’s a very 70s word; Svengali. You don’t hear Cowell or his ilk described as such but that’s what they are. Three decades ago or more, his penthouse would have a tigerskin rug as the centrepiece of the living room.

Anyway, thank god for Arctic Monkeys and their less successful brethren for keeping live music going. Thanks to the festival organisers, not just the Eavis’ at Glastonbury but also those who hire out pubs and village halls to give the relatively unheard and unknown bands and singer-songwriters, a platform. A glass is raised in honour of your dedication.

These then, are the songs Arctic Monkeys, Last Shadow Puppets and Miles Kane, covered.

The other posts in this series so far are: The Clash and The Jam.

Tracklisting:

Title Artist Covered By:
A Girl Like You Edwyn Collins Miles Kane
Baby, I’m Yours Barbara Lewis Arctic Monkeys
Come Together The Beatles Arctic Monkeys
Diamonds Are Forever Shirley Bassey Arctic Monkeys
Feels Like We Only Go Backwards Tame Impala Alex Turner
Hold On, We’re Going Home Drake feat. Majid Jordan Arctic Monkeys
I Wanna Be Yours John Cooper Clarke Arctic Monkeys
In the Heat of the Morning David Bowie The Last Shadow Puppets
Is This What You Wanted Leonard Cohen The Last Shadow Puppets
Les cactus Jacques Dutronc The Last Shadow Puppets
Love Machine Girls Aloud Arctic Monkeys
My Little Red Book Manfred Mann The Last Shadow Puppets
On a Mission Katy B Arctic Monkeys
Paris Summer Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood The Last Shadow Puppets
Play with Fire The Rolling Stones Miles Kane
Rainbow Woman Lee Hazlewood Miles Kane
Red Right Hand Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Arctic Monkeys
Strange Patsy Cline Arctic Monkeys
This Is Your Life Glaxo Babies The Last Shadow Puppets
Totally Wired The Fall The Last Shadow Puppets
Wondrous Place Jimmy Jones The Last Shadow Puppets
You Know I’m No Good Amy Winehouse Arctic Monkeys
Last Christmas  Wham Arctic Monkeys
Take It or Leave It The Strokes Arctic Monkeys
Only You Know Dion Arctic Monkeys
All My Loving The Beatles Arctic Monkeys
The Lovers Rod McKuen Arctic Monkeys
Colour of the Trap Miles Kane Arctic Monkeys
Bad Woman Pat Farrell Arctic Monkeys
Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me The Smiths Arctic Monkeys
Moonage Daydream David Bowie Arctic Monkeys

 

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