Arctic Monkeys make it a triple
Published 20/02/2014 | 07:39
Last night's triumph is a triple success for Arctic Monkeys who have now carried off the best band and best album gongs in three separate years.
The Sheffield band's early releases combined a raucous rock sound with witty lyrics delivered in a deadpan Yorkshire accent by frontman Alex Turner, although by their fifth album AM they had adopted a much more mature sound with twanging riffs and a mid-Atlantic vocal approach.
They were hailed as pioneers when they emerged around a decade ago on a wave of online support with their songs widely trailed on fan sites and social media.
Their first single, I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor, went to the top of the charts in October 2005 and their second release, When The Sun Goes Down, followed it to the top spot early the next year.
Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, became the fastest-selling debut album in chart history, shifting more than 360,000 copies in its first week, and was a huge critical success winning the Nationwide Mercury Prize.
Their second studio album, Favourite Worst Nightmare, also went straight to number one setting a pattern of success that still continues.
All their albums have topped the charts making them the first act on an independent record label to see five albums debut at number one.
The most recent effort, AM, was nominated for the Mercury Prize and won a new wave of fans helped by a headline appearance at Glastonbury last summer. It also included a lyric adapted from a John Cooper Clarke poem, one of Turner's lyrical inspirations.
The band's success is not limited to the UK, with their tales of Sheffield street life have also made inroads into the American chart where they have recorded their most recent albums and toured heavily.
Arctic Monkeys survived the loss of founder member, bassist Andy Nicholson, who quit the group in 2006 and was replaced by Nick O'Malley.