Who the Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys?

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Who the Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys?
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Released24 April 2006 (2006-04-24)
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Who the Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys? is the second EP by English rock band Arctic Monkeys, released on 24 April 2006 by Domino Recording Company.[1]


"The View from the Afternoon" was expected to have been the band's third single, following UK Number Ones "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" and "When the Sun Goes Down", but the band announced in March 2006 that its next record would be a five-track EP,[2] which thereby disqualified it from being listed in the UK singles and albums charts[3] because it was too long to be a single and too cheap to be an album. With "The View from the Afternoon" as the A-side, the remainder of the EP was made up of new material, although "Cigarette Smoker Fiona" was a re-work of "Cigarette Smoke" – one of the band's earlier songs that formed part of the "Beneath the Boardwalk" collection of demo CDs.

"Despair in the Departure Lounge" was premiered at a gig in the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, although it was played by Alex Turner alone due to Andy Nicholson blowing his bass amplifier.[4]

Although the contentious language content of the EP resulted in less radio airplay than the band's earlier releases, the nature of their rise to fame and their lack of reliance on radio meant that this was not a concern for the band.[5]

The photograph on the cover was taken by Timm Cleasby.

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[7]
Drowned in Sound4/10[8]
Pitchfork Media5.9/10[11]
Robert Christgau(choice cut)[12]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Alex Turner; all music composed by Arctic Monkeys.

1."The View from the Afternoon"3:38
2."Cigarette Smoker Fiona"2:56
3."Despair in the Departure Lounge"3:22
4."No Buses"3:17
5."Who the Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys?"5:36



Charts (2006) Peak
Australian ARIA Albums Chart 37
Danish Albums Chart 2
Irish Albums Chart 5
French Albums Chart 52
Japan Albums Chart 137
Swedish Albums Chart 58


  1. ^ "BBC – Seven Ages of Rock "What the World Is Waiting For"". Seven Ages of Rock. BBC. 2007. Retrieved 2 March 2011.
  2. ^ "Arctic Monkeys plan new EP". NME. 10 March 2006. Retrieved 26 March 2006.
  3. ^ The Official UK Charts Company"Chart Rules (9th edition)"
  4. ^ "New Arctic Monkeys song appears online". NME. 17 March 2006. Retrieved 26 March 2006.
  5. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (25 March 2006). "Arctic Monkeys plan foul-mouthed EP". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on 2 December 2008. Retrieved 26 March 2006.
  6. ^ "Arctic Monkeys – Who the Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys? – Album Review". AbsolutePunk.
  7. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Who the Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys?". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  8. ^ Roberts, Colin (2006-04-24). "Single Review: Arctic Monkeys - Who the fuck are Arctic Monkeys?". Drowned In Sound. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  9. ^ "Arctic Monkeys – Who The Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys EP". MusicOMH.
  10. ^ "Arctic Monkeys: Who The Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys?". NME. 2006-04-07. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  11. ^ "Who the Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys? EP". Pitchfork Media.
  12. ^ "Album: Arctic Monkeys: Who the F**k Are Arctic Monkeys?". Robert Christgau.

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