We’re dipping into the Far Out Magazine vault to bring you a moment when two of our favourite artists collided as Arctic Monkeys took on the cover of Amy Winehouse’s classic ‘You Know I’m No Good’.
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. Unless you were living under a rock, chances are they were your new favourite band.
With their then-new album Favourite Worst Nightmare on the way, Alex Turner and the band found themselves again on the interview circuit. It was here they covered Amy Winehouse’s fantastic song ‘You Know I’m No Good’ and set the nation into a frenzy as the Princes and Princess of British music fused together for one small moment.
As part of their circuit, they were invited by Jo Whiley, then-host of BBC Radio 1’s stalwart ‘Live Lounge’ to perform on the growing show. The show asked for artists to not only sing their own single but perform a live cover of one of their favourite songs. It proved a popular format and spawned many spin-offs. 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 a barnstorming performance of their single ‘Brianstorm’, nor just 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 of finding a home in the moodier melody of FWN. To put it very simply: 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. The two artists seemingly shared some times before this moment too, as the picture below will show, it seems that at some time in 2005, Winehouse was clued up enough to catch the band in their infancy.
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.