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Turner said:

“I remember when I first started writing songs and writing lyrics, I really wanted to be able to write an ‘I Am The Walrus’-type song. And I found it very difficult. You listen to that and it sounds like it’s all nonsense, but it’s really difficult to write that sort of thing and make it compelling. Lennon definitely had a knack for that…

‘Come Together’, which we just played at the Olympics – I found that song difficult to get anywhere near. I’ve heard that song a thousand times before, but there’s not one word in that song that logically leads into the next one. It’s all a jumble, but it’s not just that, if you know what I mean. It paints you a picture and puts you in this place. He’s got a way of leading you somewhere with these unusual words that don’t make sense, but also make perfect fucking sense…

But there’s also this other type of song he does really well, where the writer is almost singing right into the listener’s ear, and you know exactly where it’s going, but you want to go anyway. I’m attracted to that angry Lennon, although it’s another thing I haven’t figured out how to do yet! He definitely deserves all the praise and accolades that he receives.”

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He told Rolling Stone magazine: “The songs we play off the earlier records – ‘I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor’, ‘Crying Lightning’ – are the ones that have grown and got beards now.

“Some songs seem to have legs and some don’t. Some songs are too specific, lyrically I suppose, and I have a hard time putting myself in those shoes to be able to perform it.”

Hm. I love the lyricism in the early tracks more than anything. They tell such great stories. And “Crying Lightning” isn’t that old…

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the AM frontman was listening to a lot of country music when the band was making their newest album, which he says “has elements of all three [previous albums] in it really. I think it has some of the sense of humor the first record had, and a bit of the darkness of the third. I don’t know if I’d say it was more mature.”

About country music:

“I started getting into country music which is something I’ve never gone anywhere near until quite recently, like I never understood it before. I know I’m never going to write a country tune, that just wouldn’t work, but for that reason I can draw something from it. They’re really sort of smart arses sometimes those guys, like George Jones and that kind of thing. The sound doesn’t speak to me but the lyrics  do.”

The band plans on releasing “Black Treacle” as a single early next year. Turner describes the b-side as follows:

“It’s a little bit more rock’n’roll. A lot of the album was more mellow. Since we put that out the songs we’ve been doing are a reaction to that. The new ones are a little bit more friendly. I quite like going in to do sessions just for B-sides. It’s a holiday for us. There’s no pressure.”

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The Arctic Monkeys song “505” off their second album, Favourite Worst Nightmare has always been a favourite of mine. I just stumbled upon a bit of background information on the lyrics to this song

Arctic Monkeys’ singer Alex Turner wrote “505” about going to meet his girlfriend in room 505 at the hotel where she was staying. Turner has admitted that this was the first proper love song the Arctic’s have done. The song includes a sample of an organ taken from Ennio Morricone’s soundtrack for The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

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