A look at the Arctic Monkeys’ best B-sides and rarities

arcticmonkeysIf the Arctic Monkeys ever decided to release a collection of their best B-sides and rare tracks, it would easily be one of the best albums in their catalog. The Monkeys have released a number of highly enjoyable B-sides over the years, many of which rank among their better songs.

Here’s a look at some of their best B-sides and rare tracks.

If You Found This It’s Probably Too Late

Maybe as aggressive of a song as the Arctic Monkeys have, this brief blast of raw energy might have worked well as the opening track off their album Favourite Worst Nightmare.

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Stop the World I Wanna Get Off With You

A more recent song, released as the B-side from the AM single “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?” It’s a lovely little song.

Leave Before the Lights Come On

A terrific slice of vintage Arctic Monkeys, this track was the band’s third single but was never included on an album.

The Blond-o-Sonic Shimmer Trap

This song just kicks ass. Released as the B-side to the single “Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair,” it’s hard to fathom why this track didn’t make it onto an album. Alex Turner’s description of an attractive woman at the beginning of the song is hard to forget: “Black as a beacon, in a river of shimmering fog/Yes she was/If you were heat-seeking, she was hard to ignore/Yes she was”

Da Frame 2R

Released with the single “Matador,” this song has some real fun braggadocio lyrics:

007 and Brucey Wayne
Are shittin’ themselves because there’s another name
coming to claim what is his to claim
10% faster with a sturdier frame
He’s certainly come into his own,
There’s one on his arm in every land that he roams
And two consecutive nights alone
Are a thing of the past as he has recently shown

Cigarette Smoker Fiona

Awesome track off the Who the Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys? EP.

No Buses

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From the Who the Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys? EP, this mellow song has a normal and acoustic version. They’re both very much worth hearing.

Bigger Boys and Stolen Sweethearts

Give it a couple listens and it’ll stick in your head.


Alex Turner has covered this Patsy Cline song on different occasions.

The Bakery

Released with the Fluorescent Adolescent single, this is the acoustic version of this lovely song.


A hard-rocking song released with the U.S. version of “When the Sun Goes Down.”

Baby I’m Yours

A cover of the Barbara Lewis song released with “Leave Before the Lights Come On.”

On the Run From the MI5 (unreleased)

Space Invaders (unreleased)

These two songs were a part of Beneath the Boardwalk, a collection of demo recordings handed out at early shows. Both are pretty catchy.

Stickin’ to the Floor

A B-Side release with “When the Sun Goes Down.”

You Know I’m No Good

This cover of the Amy Winehouse gem has drawn some mixed reactions, but I think they did well with it.

Plastic Tramp

A B-Side released with “Fluorescent Adolescent.”

Little Illusion Machine (Wirral Riddler)

Released under the name Death Ramps with the single “The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala”, this is the Arctic Monkeys rocking out with Miles Kane of The Rascals.

Evil Twin

The B-Side for the single “Suck it and See.”

Despair in the Departure Lounge

A soothing song off the Who the Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys? EP.

You’re So Dark

A newer B-Side, released with the single for “One for the Road.”

Don’t Forget Whose Legs You’re On

I really dig the dark, smoky feel of this track. Released as a B-Side for the “My Propeller” 10-inch single.

The Afternoon’s Hat

Another catchy, quality song released with “My Propeller.”

There’s more out there too, so seek them all out!

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2 comments to “A look at the Arctic Monkeys’ best B-sides and rarities”
  1. What rock band releases singles that don’t show up on albums? It’s an old-school move, but this is no old-school band. Thanks for the great list. Have these guys jumped onto the Top 100 List yet, cuz IMO they belong there.

  2. Quirk, this is great. With a band that has quite the stylistic change since their debut i need to go over this immediately.

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