Criticism and controversy of Arctic Monkeys Reading Festival


Former Depeche Mode keyboardist Alan Wilder, describing the state of the music industry in an article for Side-Line magazine, used the Arctic Monkeys as an example in his criticism of the use of dynamic range compression in modern recording techniques, calling the song “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor”, “a bombardment of the most unsubtle, one-dimensional noise”.
The release of the EP Who the Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys just three months after their record-breaking debut album has been criticised by some, who have seen it as “money-grabbing” and “cashing in on their success”.The band countered that they regularly release new music not to make money, but to avoid the “boredom” of “spending three years touring on one album”.
The cover sleeve of Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, showing Chris McClure, a friend of the band, smoking a cigarette, was criticised by the head of the NHS in Scotland for “reinforcing the idea that smoking is OK”.The image on the CD itself is a shot of an ashtray full of cigarettes. The band’s product manager denied the accusation, and suggested the opposite — “You can see from the image smoking is not doing him the world of good”.

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