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APE HYPE

    The Arctic Monkeys’ U.S. album release today is remarkable because homeland hype has been met with genuine yank enthusiasm. Which makes them loads more interesting than Suede or Kula Shaker.

Forget Presidents Day – if you are a rock fan with an anglophilic streak like mine, today is the holiday. That’s because the Arctic Monkeys’ massive-selling U.K. debut, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, gets its U.S. release today.

I’ve been playing an iTunes download of the Monkeys’ explosive debut single, “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor,” nonstop since last fall. Finally, after months of hearing tracks from EPs dribble out online, we yanks will be able to own (well, legally, anyway) the entire recorded output of the Monkeys’ brief existence.

 

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