2012: 15 of the Best. #7 …December 13, 2012
7. Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine?
From: R U Mine 7”
Released: April 21, 2012
Buy it: Here
Record Store Day’s become a little silly, hasn’t it? Lining up at ridiculous hours of the morning when the weather’s still hasn’t made the transition to a tolerable spring chill to beat a bunch of list-checker-offers who are just going to sell what they buy on eBay at inflated prices to get an album you probably already have, except, you know, now they have it on yellow vinyl … Well, yes, I was out there too. But as my friend Brad likes to say about going out drinking on St. Patrick’s Day or New Year’s Eve, it’s amateur hour. Only a handful of the items that are actually released on Record Store Day are actually new or unique songs or albums, yet we all go freezing our balls off in line at 4 a.m. because that old tagline of “Only 3,000 made!” means we gots to gets ours. Kudos to the Arctic Monkeys for at least delivering something unique and worth fighting for on this year’s Record Store Day. A limited edition purple vinyl (ooooh!) 45 of a song that was not an any of their albums but recorded specifically for release that day. AND a unique B-side too. Beyond just providing something truly unique though, they actually gave us a song that’s probably the best thing they’ve done since “Cornerstone.” This is a jagged little rock number that’s as verbose as most of Alex Turner’s work but catchy as sin and yet another entry into that overstuffed but valuable line of “she loves me, she loves me not” songwriting. Chances are I’ll be a complete idiot next year and line up early on Record Store Day again and hate myself for doing it and hate the whole concept even more. But if something as good as this is out there again, it’ll ease the sting.