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Arctic Monkeys - "Crying Lightning" from 'Humbug', released 2009 on Domino Record Co.
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"Crying Lightning"
Crying lightning.jpg
Single by Arctic Monkeys
from the album Humbug
B-side"Red Right Hand"
"I Haven't Got My Strange"
Released6 July 2009 (Digital download)
17 August 2009 (Vinyl release)
Format7", 10"
GenreStoner rock[1]
Writer(s)Alex Turner
Producer(s)Josh Homme
James Ford
Arctic Monkeys singles chronology

"Crying Lightning" is a song by the English indie rock band Arctic Monkeys, released as the first single from their third album Humbug. It was first played on Zane Lowe's show on BBC Radio 1 on 6 July 2009 and was then made available on iTunes to download the following day. Physical copies of the single were made available on 17 August, one week before the release of the album.[2] The vinyl was made available in Oxfam shops and sold with a download code for fans to get a free MP3 version of the song.[3]

The single debuted at #12 on the UK Singles Chart on 12 July 2009 by downloads alone.


  • 1 Music video
  • 2 Track listing
  • 3 Credits and personnel
  • 4 Charts
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Music video

The music video for the single debuted on Channel 4 in UK on 24 July 2009.

The music video, directed by Richard Ayoade (who worked with the band previously on the video for "Fluorescent Adolescent", as well as their At the Apollo live DVD), shows the band performing the song on a boat on a rough sea. During a short instrumental interlude, a large figure rises up from the sea in the form of frontman, Turner. He falls to his knees where the boat passes between his legs before the other three band members (Cook, Helders and O'Malley) also rise up out from the water.

Credits and personnel

Arctic Monkeys
  • Alex Turner - lead vocals, lead & rhythm guitar, Vox Super Continental Organ
  • Jamie Cook - lead & rhythm guitar, baritone guitar
  • Nick O'Malley - bass guitar
  • Matt Helders - drums, backing vocals
Additional musicians
  • Josh Homme - backing vocals
  • John Ashton - keyboards, backing vocals , guitar


  1. ^
  2. ^ Arctic Monkeys - Crying Lightning - Download on itunes
  3. ^ Monkeys to release Oxfam single
  4. ^ "Arctic Monkeys - Crying Lightning - Music Charts". Retrieved 2012-02-11. 
  5. ^ Austrian Singles Chart
  6. ^ Belgium Flanders Singles Chart
  7. ^ Belgium Wallonia Singles Chart
  8. ^ French Singles Chart

External links

  • Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

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