Alex Turner's greatest quotes

8 May 2020, 16:00 | Updated: 8 May 2020, 16:01

Alex Turner in December 2013
Alex Turner in December 2013. Picture: Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for Radio.com

The wit and Yorkshire wisdom of the Arctic Monkeys frontman. He has a quote for every occasion.

  1. "That rock'n'roll, it seems like it's faded away sometimes, but it will never die. And there's nothing you can do about it."

    Turner's show-stopping speech at the BRIT Awards 2014.

    Alex Turner, Nick O'Malley, Jaime Cook and Matt Helders of Arctic Monkeys receive the award for the MasterCard British Album of the Year at The BRIT Awards 2014
    Alex Turner, Nick O'Malley, Jaime Cook and Matt Helders of Arctic Monkeys receive the award for the MasterCard British Album of the Year at The BRIT Awards 2014. Picture: Karwai Tang/WireImage/Getty Images
  2. "The arrival of The Strokes changed what music I was listening to, what shoes I was wearing. I grew my hair out and borrowed my mum’s blazer."

    Talking about Star Treatment to John Kennedy on Radio X, 2018

    Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys performs at the 2014 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience at New Orleans City Park on November 1, 2014
    Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys performs at the 2014 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience at New Orleans City Park on November 1, 2014. Picture: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images
  3. "I think if you start taking it too seriously, which I’m, like, sometimes definitely in danger of doing… then it gets ugly."

    The pitfalls of being a frontman, Esquire magazine.

    Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys performs onstage at the 24th Annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas at The Shrine Auditorium on December 7, 2013
    Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys performs onstage at the 24th Annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas at The Shrine Auditorium on December 7, 2013. Picture: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic/Getty Images
  4. "It’d be nice if one of us was a judge on Strictly Come Dancing. That would mean something mad had happened, some serious sh*t would have gone down between now and then."

    Another dream yet to be fulfilled, courtesy of Shortlist.

    Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys performs onstage during day 2 of the Firefly Music Festival on June 20, 2014 in Dover, Delaware.
    Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys performs onstage during day 2 of the Firefly Music Festival on June 20, 2014 in Dover, Delaware. Picture: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Firefly Music Festival
  5. "You know how Shakira's hips don't lie? Well mine are incredibly good liars. A mask if you like.”

    Talking to TN LA Viola about how he overcame shyness.

    Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys performs at the 2014 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience at New Orleans City Park on November 1, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
    Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys performs at the 2014 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience at New Orleans City Park on November 1, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Picture: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images
  6. “I just can’t bring myself to write about the mountains yet. I’m still banging on about the same shit I was in the beginning, I suppose, but perhaps I’m directing it differently now.”

    On those early lyrical concerns, to Pitchfork

    Arctic Monkeys play their headline set on the main stage during day 3 of the 2018 TRNSMT festival at Glasgow Green, Glasgow, July 1, 2018.
    Arctic Monkeys play their headline set on the main stage during day 3 of the 2018 TRNSMT festival at Glasgow Green, Glasgow, July 1, 2018. Picture: ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images
  7. “I sometimes have nightmares before big shows… like we’ll be playing a show and the field will empty.”

    Alex Turner in conversation at Radio X

    Jamie Cook and Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys during 2007 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
    Jamie Cook and Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys during 2007 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Picture: John Shearer/WireImage/Getty Images
  8. "Doesn’t matter where I’m living. I’ve got a pen and a notebook I bought in a market in Manchester. That’s all I need.”

    Talking about songwriting to The National newspaper.

    Arctic Monkeys perfrom live at Reading 2005
    Arctic Monkeys perfrom live at Reading 2005. Picture: Tabatha Fireman/Redferns/Getty Images
  9. “That was a real news story that I read, with a video attached to it that I watched. It’s just remarkable really, that it's possible. It just seemed like that’s where we’re at now, isn’t it? Those are the types of things that are happening."

    On The World's First Ever Monster Truck Front Flip, talking to John Kennedy on Radio X, 2018

  10. "We wanted a record that sounds good in the car, like [50 Cent’s] “In Da Club.”

    Bigging up the album AM to Billboard in 2013.

    Alex Turner performs at Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland on December 14, 2013
    Alex Turner performs at Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland on December 14, 2013. Picture: Jason Squires/Getty Images
  11. "Who else was going to be Best British Band at NME? You don't write about something that much and then not tell them they're Best British Band."

    Telling the NME what's what at their awards night in 2006.

    Alex Turner onstage with Arctic Monkeys at Leeds Festival, 2006
    Alex Turner onstage with Arctic Monkeys at Leeds Festival, 2006. Picture: Terry George/WireImage/Getty Images
  12. "Don't believe the hype."

    Kicking back at the media in the I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor video.