It’s a decade since the Artic Monkeys unleashed the fast-selling debut album in British history

The Arctic Monkey's Turner, left, and Cook perform to a sell-out crowd at Leeds University a decade ago.
The Arctic Monkey's Turner, left, and Cook perform to a sell-out crowd at Leeds University a decade ago.
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The Arctic Monkeys, a band of four from Sheffield, created music history when they launched their debut album a decade ago.

It was in January 2006 that ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’ was officially unleashed, earning rave reviews and going on to become the fast-selling debut album in British history. The two songs released from the album - ‘I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor’ and ‘When the Sun Goes Down’ - were both number ones in the UK singles chart.

The gritty and punchy album reflected the Yorkshire heart and experiences of the band. It went on to earn awards aplenty for the young group, which consisted of Alex Turner, Jamie Cook, Andy Nicholson and Matt Helders. Those accolades included Best British Album at the Brit Awards and also being named Album of the Year by both NME and Time magazine.

Much hype and expectation had surrounded it before the release, with the Arctic Monkeys having built a fanbase through the internet. As expected, the record flew off the shelves, being praised for the observational qualities of the lyrics - often using distinctive Yorkshire phrases - along with the vibrancy of their music.

Things would only get better for the band in the aftermath of their debut, with their four subsequent albums all reaching the top of the UK album charts. As recently as last summer, they were voted as the Best Live Act of the Year at the 02 Silver Clef Awards.