Why the Arctic Monkeys should release a compilation of b-sides.

Arctic Monkeys won’t be releasing a studio album in 2012.  And if Alex Turner turns his focus to his Last Shadow Puppets side project, the earliest fans could expect a new LP of Monkeys tunes could be sometime in 2013/2014.

An Arctic Monkeys collection of non-album tracks? Fans would be b-side themselves with joy.

Although this seeming lull in productivity might raise concerns about the presence of their ‘brand’ as one of the few remaining guitar based rock bands with both indie and commercial appeal – this lull provides them with the opportunity to take stock of their career to date and issue an album of b-sides and non-album tracks.

Much like the Beatles in the 60s, the Stones in the 70s and Oasis in the 90s, the Arctic Monkeys have consistently recorded b sides and non-album tracks as good as, if not better than, material on their studio albums – let alone much better and more popular than album material released by  their contemporaries.

A collection of their best b-sides and non-album tracks would be tremendous fan service for their intensely loyal following  as well as an accessible way to introduce casual fans to their impressive back catalouge.  It would also keep them in the charts and help maintain their brand’s presence in an increasingly fickle music market.

Here’s just one suggested track list:

  1. Evil Twin
  2. Who The Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys?
  3. 7
  4. Cigarette Smoker Fiona
  5. Matador/Daframe2r
  6. Little Illusion Machine (Wirral Riddler) (featuring Miles Kane)
  7. You and I (featuring Richard Hawley)
  8. Leave Before the Lights Come On
  9. Bigger Boys and Stolen Sweethearts
  10. Baby I’m Yours
  11. The Bakery
  12. Plastic Tramp
  13. Temptation Greets You Like Your Naughty Friend (featuring Dizzee Rascal)
  14. I.D.S.T.
  15. Sandtrap
  16. Red Right Hand
  17. Catapult
  18. Fright Lined Dining Room
  19. Afternoon’s Hat
  20. The Blond-O-Sonic Shimmer Trap
  21. Too Much To Ask
  22. Despair in the Departure Lounge

Marketing suicide?  What do you think?

// Alec Schumann

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