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Celebrate bassist Nick O'Malley's 32nd birthday by looking back at some early snaps of the now world-famous band.
Long before forming the band, Matt Helders and Alex Turner went to school together. Helders is on the far left, with Turner in the centre with his arm in the air. Picture: Rex Shutterstock
Again here the pair are with some friends on what looks like a school camping trip! Picture: Rex Shutterstock
Original bassist Andy Nicholson (pictured inside the phonebox) left the band in 2006 before the release of their second LP. Picture: Rex Shutterstock
Arctic Monkeys formed in High Green, Sheffield, and began by playing shows around the city while studying at college. Credit: © Photoshot/Retna
The band's first demoes (recorded in 2003) consisted of seventeen tracks. It was entitled Beneath The Boardwalk and is now available online. Credit: © Photoshot/Retna
This snap of Alex Turner was taken at the Harley in Sheffield in December 2004 Credit: © Photoshot/Retna
Nick O'Malley replaced Nicholson, joining the band for their 2006 North American tour (previously he had been working in Asda). Credit: © Photoshot/Retna
In 2005 the band played their biggest headline show to date at London's Astoria. On the night Turner wore a "Little Flames" t-shirt, the then-current band of Miles Kane.
The band were renowned for their rare press appearances. When they DID do interviews, they were often awkward and reserved. Here's Alex Turner in the van. Picture: Rex Shutterstock
While their interviews may have left something to be desired, their live shows were rambunctious events that echoed of early Strokes and Libertines shows. Credit: © Photoshot/Retna
Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not was the fastest selling British debut album ever when it was released, selling over 360,000 copies in the first week.
In 2005, both singles I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor and When The Sun Goes Down went straight to No.1. Credit: © Photoshot/Retna
Arctic Monkeys playing the Barfly in Liverpool, circa November 2005. Credit: © Photoshot/Retna
And here they are backstage at the Barfly. November 2005 Credit: © Photoshot/Retna
By 2008 (pictured here) the band had already begun headlining festivals and had two No1 albums under their belts. Credit: © Photoshot/Retna