Back in 2007, Arctic Monkeys were the band of the moment. Their unstoppable album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not had left them as the undisputed heirs to the Britpop crown vacated by Oasis and Blur. With new album Favourite Worst Nightmare on the way, Alex Turner and co. found themselves again on the interview circuit. It was here they covered Amy Winehouse’s fantastic song ‘You Know I’m No Good’
As part of their circuit they were invited by Jo Whiley, then host of BBC Radio 1’s ‘Live Lounge’ to perform their own song ‘Brianstorm’, the single of the time, as well as a cover of one of their favourite tracks. Having previously set the airwaves alight with the inch-perfect cover of Girls Aloud’s poptastic hit ‘Love Machine’ the levels of expectation were high.
What came about was not only an epic cover of one of the greatest artists London has ever produced in Amy Winehouse but a nod to the band’s future path. Moving away from the fast-paced metaphor-a-minute fury of WPSIATWIN and instead finding a home in the moodier melody of FWN. Less Girls Aloud more Amy Winehouse.
The incredible Winehouse song from Back To Black will go down in history as one of the most powerful songs in recent memory and its power is only added to by Turner’s dulcet Yorkshire tones. But alongside he is backed by band who are beginning to find their feet amongst the fame.
The track would find a special place in fans’ hearts as part of the band’s touring set and a place in ours for this powerful performance of ‘You Know I’m No Good’. Listen to it below.