Brianstorm

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"Brianstorm"
Single by Arctic Monkeys
from the album Favourite Worst Nightmare
B-side "If You Found This It's Probably Too Late"
"Temptation Greets You Like Your Naughty Friend"
"What If You Were Right the First Time?"
Released 2 April 2007
Format 7", 10", CD
Recorded December 2006
Genre Post-punk revival, indie rock, garage rock
Length 2:50
Label Domino
Writer(s) Alex Turner
Producer(s) Mike Crossey, James Ford
Arctic Monkeys singles chronology
"Leave Before the Lights Come On"
(2006)
"Brianstorm"
(2007)
"Fluorescent Adolescent"
(2007)
Favourite Worst Nightmare track listing
  1. "Brianstorm"
  2. "Teddy Picker"
  3. "D Is for Dangerous"
  4. "Balaclava"
  5. "Fluorescent Adolescent"
  6. "Only Ones Who Know"
  7. "Do Me a Favour"
  8. "This House Is a Circus"
  9. "If You Were There, Beware"
  10. "The Bad Thing"
  11. "Old Yellow Bricks"
  12. "505"

"Brianstorm" (often mistaken as 'Brainstorm') is a song by the English indie rock band Arctic Monkeys. It is the opening track on their second album, Favourite Worst Nightmare. The song was released as the first single from the album on 2 April 2007, debuting at No. 21 in the UK Singles Chart via downloads alone.[1] The single was released in physical formats on 16 April, the week before the release of the album, and charted at #2 in the UK Singles Chart behind Beyoncé and Shakira's "Beautiful Liar".[2]

It is the band's fourth single in the United Kingdom, following number ones "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor", and "When the Sun Goes Down", as well as the non-album track "Leave Before the Lights Come On".

The song was noticeably louder and heavier than previous efforts, marking the band's evolved sound.

It remains their highest charting single worldwide, reaching number two in the UK Singles Chart, behind Shakira's Beautiful Liar, number one in the UK Indie Chart, number one in Canada, number four in the Netherlands and number 28 in Italy.

This song was No. 62 on MTV Asia's list of Top 100 Hits of 2007.[3] It was also used on The Colbert Report, The Daily Show and Late Night with Conan O'Brien during the final weeks of the 07-08 Writers Guild strike, in which it is played during a showdown between the three.

The track is featured in the rhythm video game Guitar Hero 5, and is considered to be the hardest track on drums (next to Jeff Beck's "Scatterbrain", King Crimson's "21st Century Schizoid Man", and An Endless Sporadic's "From the Blue/Point of No Return/The Triangular Race Through Space") due to its sporadic tom-tom beats.

Background and recording[edit]

Prior to the single, there had been a great deal of media speculation questioning the band's ability to emulate their successes of 2006 and their debut album.[4] The single marks a noticeable change in band's logo and cover art, with the "frenetic" cover art seeming to mirror the nature of the track. The track has no chorus, but features an "ascending guitar duel which sounds like a cross between Telstar, Mogwai and the Monkeys' own 'When the Sun Goes Down'."[5] A feature of Arctic Monkeys songs in the past, Alex Turner's Sheffield-accent is again a feature, "singing over rough, relentless bass and surprisingly appropriate guitar triplets."[6]

When asked to say a little about the song's protagonist, Alex Turner replied, "I can't remember Brian now... I don't know if he were in my imagination or what... it's a blank spot in my brain... I think that's what he [Brian] wanted."[7] He later explained in NME that Brian had been a guy that they had met backstage in the band's dressing room at a gig at Studio Coast "Ageha" in Tokyo, Japan, and that "When he left the room, we were a bit in awe of his presence. So we did a brainstorm for what he was like, drew a little picture and wrote things about him," while guitarist Jamie Cook added "He was right smooth, very LA. He just appeared with like a business card and like a round neck T-shirt and a tie loosely around it, I'd never seen that before. It felt like he was trying to get inside your mind. We were checking out his attire; it inspired us."[8]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song, directed by Huse Monfaradi, features the band playing in a sparse sepia set, interspersed with clips of female dancers in front of a large computerised display, stock footage from old medical educational programs and brief flashes of images of objects mentioned in the lyrics, such as "Brian", "jacuzzi" and lightning in place of "thunder". The video was recorded on 14 February 2007, the same day as the 2007 BRIT Awards, leading to them missing the ceremony and instead sending two video acceptance messages[9] where they dressed as Wizard of Oz characters and The Village People. The video premiered on MTV2 on 17 March 2007.

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Arctic Monkeys.

CD, 10"
No. Title Lyrics Length
1. "If You Found This It's Probably Too Late"   Alex Turner 1:32
2. "Brianstorm"   Alex Turner 2:50
3. "Temptation Greets You Like Your Naughty Friend" (featuring Dizzee Rascal) Alex Turner, Dizzee Rascal 3:27
4. "What If You Were Right the First Time?"   Alex Turner 3:02
7"
No. Title Lyrics Length
1. "Brianstorm"   Alex Turner 2:50
2. "Temptation Greets You Like Your Naughty Friend" (featuring Dizzee Rascal) Alex Turner, Dizzee Rascal 3:27

Chart positions[edit]

Charts (2007)[10] Peak
position
Turkish Singles Chart[11] 20
UK Singles Chart 2
UK Indie Chart 1
Canadian Singles Chart 1
Danish Singles Chart 4
French Singles Chart 44
Netherlands Singles Chart 36
Italian Singles Chart 28
Japan Single Chart 24
Polish Singles Chart[12] 37
Swiss Singles Chart 73
Spanish Singles Chart 10
Irish Singles Chart 7
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[13] 14

It reached number one on the UK indie chart.[14] Also the three other tracks from this single charted in the UK single chart on 28 April 2007. "Temptation Greets You Like Your Naughty Friend" was number 77, "What If You Were Right the First Time?" was number 114 and "If You Found This It's Probably Too Late" was number 124. It was also their first and so far only single to chart in ten countries.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UK Music Charts - The Official UK Top 75 Singles: Week of Mon 16 Apr - Yahoo! Music UK". UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 2007-04-15. 
  2. ^ "Arctic Monkeys miss chart top spot". NME. 22 April 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-22. 
  3. ^ MTV Asia. "Top 100 Hits List". Retrieved 27 December 2007[dead link]
  4. ^ "Arctic Monkeys - Brianstorm (Domino)". Manchester Evening News. 13 April 2007. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 13 April 2007. 
  5. ^ "Brianstorm: what it sounds like, in words". Guardian Unlimited. 1 March 2007. Retrieved 3 March 2007. 
  6. ^ "Arctic Monkeys, Brianstorm Video". Filter Magazine. 19 March 2007. Retrieved 29 March 2007. 
  7. ^ "Alex Turner speaks! We say 'Pardon?!'". NME. 6 March 2007. Retrieved 7 March 2007. 
  8. ^ "Arctic Monkeys reveal story behind Brian". NME. 20 April 2007. Retrieved 23 April 2007. 
  9. ^ "Arctic Monkeys Too Busy For Brits". Clickmusic. 9 February 2007. Retrieved 9 February 2007. 
  10. ^ http://acharts.us/song/12452
  11. ^ Turkish Airplay Chart
  12. ^ "Polish Singles Chart". 
  13. ^ "Billboard chart search: Arctic Monkeys - "Brianstorm"" (XML). Billboard.com. Retrieved 24 April 2011. 
  14. ^ Board Message[dead link]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Don't Matter" by Akon
Canadian number-one single
26 April 2007 (1-week)
Succeeded by
"Survivalism" by Nine Inch Nails