The Story Behind Arctic Monkeys' Brianstorm...

2 April 2018, 16:01

Arctic Monkeys - Brianstorm (Official Video)


We delve into the the anarchic opening track on the band's Favourite Worst Nightmare album.

Brianstorm is the opening track from Arctic Monkeys 2007 Favourite Worst Nightmare album.

Also the first cut to be taken from the record, the epic single packed a punch and showed their fans that their follow-up album meant business.

 Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare

Released in April 2007, the thunderous track debuted at UK number 21 on downloads alone, before peaking at number two overall.

But where did the name and inspiration for their raucous and defiant single come from?

Brian is a real-life person who met the band while in their dressing room after a gig in Osaka, Japan. Needless to say, the guy was a real character, and left a lasting impression on the Sheffield rockers.

So much so they started writing a "brainstorm" about him.

As NME reports, frontman Alex Turner revealed: “When he left the room, we were a bit freaked out by his presence. So we did a brainstorm for what he was like, drew a little picture and wrote things about him.”

“He was right weird," added guitarist Jamie Cook. He just appeared with like a business card and like a round neck T-shirt and a tie loosely around it, I’d never seen that before. It felt like he was trying to get inside your mind. We were checking out his attire – it freaked us out."

"And I wonder
Are you putting us under
'Cause we can't take our eyes
Off the t-shirt and ties combination?
Well, see you later, innovator"

He added: “He definitely left a mark on us. He might have been a magician. He might even be here now. But if we ever find out who he was, it might spoil it.”

While the inspiration behind the track could be considered an open and shut case, the story of Brianstorm doesn't end there.

Last year the noughties single was given a new lease of life when it was confirmed that an actual storm named Brian would be hitting our shores.

The batch of bad weather came a mere few days after the deadly Storm Ophelia, which caused 80 mile-an-hour gale-force winds, flooding and even power cuts.

Though its name was a complete coincidence after being named by by Met Éireann, the joke wasn't lost on Arctic Monkeys fans or the band themselves, who warned fans to "take care".

Well it is a pretty dangerous track to be fair, still making an impact almost 11 years later