Single Review: Arctic Monkeys – Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair

By on Thursday, 14th April 2011 at 11:00 am

I should probably make it clear that I don’t like gratuitously long titles for albums (think of Fiona Apple‘s 1999 album known as ‘When the Pawn…’ because people refused to say the whole name, or maybe they just forgot all the words), let alone singles. So just looking at the title of Arctic Monkeys‘ latest, ‘Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’, I prepared my poison pen.

But you know what? I can’t stop listening to this bloody song. Somebody stop me.

I have never been a Arctics fan – when everyone else was go-going to ‘I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor’, I secretly wondered if everyone else had lost the plot. However, I can tell you that if you liked the old style of the Sheffield band and you abhor, say, Queens of the Stone Age or Led Zeppelin, I think you might be in for an unpleasant surprise. Or maybe not, if you were a fan of the recently unleashed ‘Brick by Brick’. it’s got such a down and dirty groove, you’re expecting Jimmy Page to come out of the shadows. The groove is so sexy, ‘Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’ probably qualify for canonisation one day like the Peter Gunn theme song before it. The lyrics are pretty funny: I mean, how many hard rock songs can you name that have managed to crowbar the words “runs with scissors” into the words? And the track is so subversive, the single doesn’t even look like it has a cover, more like a sleeve. Anti-establishment, man. The lads from Sheffield have grown up – and embraced the fact that they’re now men. Making harder rock that would have been unimaginable 10 years ago.

Gosh, I think this is the first Arctic Monkeys track I actually loved on first listen. Is this a breakthrough?


A special limited edition single of ‘Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’ (backed by ‘Brick by Brick’) will be sold tomorrow by Domino Records this Saturday Record Store Day – more details here.

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