Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Monkeys droop

Normally, a first-day sale of 60,000 would be brilliant news for a band - but if that is the true figure for Favourite Worst Nightmare, it's about 40,000 down on the first day sale for Whatever It Is That You Say That I Am, That's Not What I Do Be, Aunt Sally.

We're torn between the admiration for managing such a huge Monday turnout, and wondering where 40% of the Arctic Monkeys audience disappeared to.


9 comments:

Mikey said...

Is it just me, or do the Arctic Monkey sound a lot like Freddie and the Dreamers?

Thom Cuell said...

I reckon its probably illegal downloads. That's why records don't always sell as many copies as the labels would like, isn't it? Yes, illegal downloads, that'd be it.

Or maybe 40% of people realised that the artctic monkeys are gash, but I don't know if I have that much faith in the British public.

damiank said...

You're right Thom. I downloaded it illegally, and haven't bought it.

Then again, I wouldn't have bothered anyway and haven't even managed to work up the enthusiasm to listen to it yet, either...

Anonymous said...

ha... remember when it was illegal downloading that gave Arctic "they-use-the-internet-you-know" Monkeys the success in the first place?

I don't think I'm ever going to understand what's so great about this band. I really need an explanation. It can't just be me. I mean can someone who likes them please just explain to me what makes them so much better than every other mediocre indie band out there? honestly if you can convince me I may even go out and buy a copy of the album described by the NME as the "most doubter-defying second album since 'Modern Life Is Rubbish'" (now THAT was an album) because at the moment I really struggle to make it through half a song.

Anonymous said...

actually, it was 85K the first day...

haters just love to hate...

Spence said...

What you need is a quote from Gennaro:

http://uk.news.launch.yahoo.com/dyna/article.html?a=/24042007/344/arctic-monkeys-claim-album-title.html&e=l_news_dm

simon h b said...

Anon - depends on who's counting - the Daily Mirror reported 60,000 this morning; the PA seems to have pulled the 83,000 from estimates by HMV who wanted to promote themselves at the heart of the story.

Haters may love to hate; other people merely grow weary of over-promotion of a good-but-average band into some sort of phenomenon.

Anonymous said...

Who precisely has over-promoted them? You can't blame them for the NME/Gennaro Castaldo et al...

They really can't win, can they?

simon h b said...

It's not the NME so much - after all, it's their job - as the non-music media who have created an atmosphere where an ordinary band are being treated as if they've just invented something.

And, no, I don't blame them for that, any more than I blame them for not actually being as inspirational as the press would suggest. It doesn't alter the fact that they're a band who got very lucky indeed.

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