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post Jun 12 2018, 08:17 PM
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Apologies for the delay - I can finally bring you the results of the 'Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not' rate.

Results will start shortly and continue throughout the week, with the 'Favourite Worst Nightmare' thread posted over the weekend for people to vote in Part 2!

A few little facts before we begin:
  • There were a total of 10 voters.
  • The average score, across all 10 voters and all songs, was 8.4.
  • The highest average score came from DalekTurret34, whose average score came out to 9.7!
  • The lowest average score came from Theo; he only rated each track at 7.3, with Jester the only other with an average score below 8 (7.8).
  • Everyone handed out the highest possible individual score of 11; the lowest score amongst all posters was again from Theo and Jester, who each scored one song 4.
Predictions welcome!

Here are the links in case people would like to listen as the results come in:

Spotify Playlist

YouTube Playlist




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post Jun 12 2018, 08:27 PM
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13. 'Riot Van'

Average Score: 7
Highest Score: 9 (DalekTurret32, NickF1)
Lowest Score: 4 (Theo)


Lyric: "Have you been drinking, son? You don't look old enough to me."
"I'm sorry, officer, is there a certain age you're supposed to be? 'Cause nobody told me."

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I must admit, this isn't a track which has stuck with me very much over the years. A little slower, more openly reflective than the majority of other tracks on their debut, Riot Van is a rather blunt, rather sardonic take on a group of people who simply want to have a laugh and don't care too much for the consequences.

The Monkeys haven't played Riot Van live for nearly 12 years, so maybe it isn't one they hold particularity dear to their hearts either.




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12. 'Perhaps Vampires is a Bit Strong But...'

Average Score: 7.2
Highest Score: 9.5 (DalekTurret32)
Lowest Score: 5 (Theo)


Lyric: I ain't got no dollar signs in my eyes.
That might be a surprise but it's true, said, I'm not like you.

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'Perhaps Vampires...' is a solid track which chronicles the Arctic's dismay and disillusionment with individuals who were jumping on to the bandwagon at the time their popularity started to grow.
One of the first bands to become truly popular due to the 'MySpace culture' of sharing and popularising their music, they appear to be attacking the 'vampires' who are keen to suck the enjoyment out of their music for return for financial gain. I've always thought the sound of this one was good, and very typical of the sound of the album as a whole, but it tends to get lost in array of stronger tracks.

This is another track that they haven't played live since 2006 - below is a video of the penultimate time they played the track, at Reading Festival. Were you there?!




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11. 'You Probably Couldn't See For The Lights But You Were Staring Straight After Me'

Average Score: 7.3
Highest Score: 9.5 (DalekTurret32)
Lowest Score: 5 (Theo)


Lyric: And oh, I'm so tense, never tenser, could all go a bit Frank Spencer
and I'm talking gibberish. Tip of the tongue but I can't deliver it,
properly,

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I have always personally really enjoyed 'You Probably Couldn't See...'; I found it catchy, lyrically very clever and one of the more memorable tracks on AM's first album. What is essentially a song all about one's naivety in believing that someone is looking at, and ostensibly admiring, you, when in reality it is more likely that they are just looking past or even through you, I suppose it appealed to my 13-year-old self and the foolish thoughts that I was having at the time. I love how candid he is with the lyrics: "You had us all standing on our heads", "One look sends it coursing through the veins" and "Say anything and I'll agree" are statements which I'm sure that anyone who has suffered from a childish, non-mutual crush has experienced.

They last played this track during the 'Favourite Worst Nightmare' tour in 2007 - I for one would love to see it come back to their setlist.




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10. 'Dancing Shoes'

Average Score: 8.05
Highest Score: 9.5 (DalekTurret32)
Lowest Score: 7 (Theo, Jonny, Iz, Jester)


Lyric: I said, the shit, shock, horror.
You've seen your future bride, yeah.
Yeah, but it's oh so absurd.
For you to say the first word so you're waiting and waiting.

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You can read my above comment for an analysis on this one; another song about romantic naivety and folly. A staple of their earlier performances but not one that I remember with too much fondness, and I've actually grown to like it less and less over the years, and it's possibly my least favourite AM track from this album, on balance.

That being said, 'Dancing Shoes is Arctic Monkeys' 8th most played song during live performances, and they last played it during the 'AM tour in 2014. Below is a performance from Reading 2014


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LOL at my name popping up on the highest score in nearly every song
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