Here's why the Arctic Monkeys warm up to Tom Jones

2023-05-29 06:34:48  • 3 mins

By Mark Savage

BBC Music Correspondent

After 57 dates in 33 countries, Arctic Monkeys' world tour returns to the UK on Monday for a run of stadium shows.

And anyone who's seen them recently will know they've been walking on stage to one of two songs: Barry White's I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby, or Tom Jones's It's Not Unusual.

"It's like our little moment," says drummer Matt Helders.

"Before we walk on, backstage, we all have a little dance. We're pretty tight. We've got a good thing going."

Asked how the band had selected their entrance music, Helders explained: "Barry White definitely gets us in the mood but Tom Jones even more so, in terms of pace and speed and getting us pumped to do a gig."

It also suggests the band have laughed off Jones's ill-fated cover of their debut single, I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor.

The Welsh crooner performed a wonky cabaret version of the track at 2007's Concert For Diana, and was roundly accused of "ruining" the original.

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