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Arctic Monkeys - Fluorescent Adolescent (iTunes Festival 2011)

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"Fluorescent Adolescent"
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Single by Arctic Monkeys
from the album Favourite Worst Nightmare
  • "The Bakery"
  • "Plastic Tramp"
  • "Too Much to Ask"
Released4 July 2007
  • 7"
  • 10"
  • CD
RecordedDecember 2006 at Miloco Studios (London)
  • Indie rock[1][2]
  • ska punk[3]
  • Johanna Bennett
  • Alex Turner
  • Mike Crossey
  • James Ford
Arctic Monkeys singles chronology

"Fluorescent Adolescent" is a song by English indie rock band Arctic Monkeys. It was released as the second single from their second studio album Favourite Worst Nightmare (2007).[4] It was released on 4 July 2007 in Japan and three days later in the United Kingdom. The song was written by Alex Turner and Johanna Bennett, Turner's girlfriend at the time, in a hotel room prior to the recording of Favourite Worst Nightmare.

"Fluorescent Adolescent" is a ballad about getting older and finding out that life isn't as fun anymore. It describes a woman who dreams of her youth while her current life is unsatisfying and boring. The song peaked at number five on the UK Singles Chart and was the 83rd best-selling song of 2007 in the United Kingdom. "Fluorescent Adolescent" is one of the band's most popular songs, and is frequently performed as a closer to their concerts. Kate Nash performed a cover of the song on 5 October 2007.[5] It appears on Radio 1's Live Lounge – Volume 3.


  • 1 Critical reception
  • 2 Music video
  • 3 Track listing
  • 4 Charts and certifications
    • 4.1 Chart performance
    • 4.2 Weekly charts
    • 4.3 Year-end charts
    • 4.4 Certifications
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Critical reception

The song has received a 9/10 rating from Planet Sound, becoming Arctic Monkeys' first single to do so since "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor".[6]

Music video

The music video was filmed in late April 2007 and was directed by The IT Crowd star Richard Ayoade. It features actor Stephen Graham (who previously appeared on the Scummy Man DVD and the "When the Sun Goes Down" video) as a clown.[7][8][9] The music video premiered in the UK on 5 June 2007 on Channel 4, and was available online the next day.[10]

The music video is based around a fight between a group of clowns and a group of non-clowns at an abandoned warehouse. The presumed leaders of the two groups have a flashback showing that they were friends when they were young children. During the flashback, photos of the band as young children are shown. Throughout the fight, each group leader attempts to kill the other. As the music video climaxes, the non-clown leader tries to run over the clown leader. However the clown leader notices that the non-clown leader's car (with the non-clown leader inside) has been leaking fuel and drops his cigarette lighter. The car quickly catches fire and the clown leader looks on as his former friend burns and the music video ends.

The video was loosely inspired by the poem "Out of Control Circus" by John Cooper Clarke. Turner says he's a fan and gets lyrical inspiration from Clarke. The poem is also printed inside the CD release of "Fluorescent Adolescent." The lines such as "out of control fairground" and "homicidal clowns" support this. The video was preceded by a warning of violent images.[11] In an MTV interview, Turner stated that the music video "is the best thing we've ever done" while Jamie Cook hailed it as "...probably one of the best videos in the last, like, 10 years".[12]

During a live performance of the song on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, the band played the song dressed as clowns, with Alex Turner dressing with the same make-up and clothing as the main clown in the video.

During a performance of the song on The Late Show with David Letterman, Letterman introduced the band by joking that his vinyl copy of Favorite Worst Nightmare had been stolen due to its popularity.

Chart performance

On downloads alone, "Fluorescent Adolescent" charted in the UK Singles Chart at number 55 for the week commencing 25 June 2007. The song charted at number five upon release of the single on CD for the week commencing 16 July 2007. On 27 June 2007, "Fluorescent Adolescent" began receiving significant BBC Radio 1 airplay as the first song on "The A List" Playlist. The songs three B-sides—"Plastic Tramp", "The Bakery" and "Too Much to Ask"—appeared on the UK Singles Chart the week of the single's physical release at #153, #161 and #178, respectively.


  1. ^ "BBC - Seven Ages of Rock "What the World Is Waiting For"". Seven Ages of Rock. 2007. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Arctic Monkeys - Intelligent indie-rock from Sheffield". Clash. Retrieved 11 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Thrills, Adrian (20 April 2007). "Press views: Arctic Monkeys album". Review written by the Daily Mail, published by the BBC. Retrieved 9 April 2016. 
  4. ^ XFM
  5. ^ casablancasro (2007). "kate nash - fluorescent adolescent". YouTube. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  6. ^ Planet Sound Archived 14 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Domino Records
  8. ^ Arctic-Monkeys
  9. ^ MTV
  10. ^ Arctic-Monkeys
  11. ^ Arctic-Monkeys
  12. ^ MTV
  13. ^ " – Arctic Monkeys – Fluorescent Adolescent" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  14. ^ " – Arctic Monkeys – Fluorescent Adolescent". Tracklisten. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  15. ^ " – Arctic Monkeys – Fluorescent Adolescent" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  16. ^ " – Arctic Monkeys – Fluorescent Adolescent". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  17. ^ "Chart Track: Week 27, 2007". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  18. ^ "Fluorescent Adolescent: Arctic Monkeys" (in Polish). Polskie Radio. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  19. ^ "Archive Chart: 2007-07-21" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  20. ^ "End Of Year Charts: 2007" (PDF). UKChartsPlus. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  21. ^ "British single certifications – Arctic Monkeys – Fluorescent Adolescent". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 13 August 2014.  Enter Fluorescent Adolescent in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search

External links

  • "Fluorescent Adolescent" music video at (download link)
  • "Fluorescent Adolescent" music video at YouTube
  • "Fluorescent Adolescent" mini-site
  • Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

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