Alex Turner's lyrics are often opaque. Case in point: "I Ain't Quite Where I Think I Am." The references to "retina scans," "disco strobes" and the like have left us scratching our heads. Here's what we can glean:
The lyrics suggest Turner is mixing with other celebrities.
But it's always worth half a blast You know the face but you can't see past
He's on a yacht:
Wait, there's the other island now Formation displays of affection fly over Eyes roll back And I can see both islands now
The yacht is approaching the coast of the French Riviera:
Looks like the Riviera Is coming into land
Turner repeats the title three times during the song, signifying he's disorientated and feeling out of place.
Blank expressions invite me to suspect I ain't quite where I think I am
When Turner wrote the song, he was spending a lot of time in France with his girlfriend, the French singer-songwriter Louise Verneuil.
Alex Turner wrote the funky song with Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders. The band's regular producer, James Ford, helmed the track.
Arctic Monkeys debuted "I Ain't Quite Where I Think I Am" during their show at Zurich Openair festival in Switzerland on August 23, 2022.
Ben Chappell and Zackery Michael directed the live video. They filmed it at Brooklyn's Kings Theatre in September 2022.
The funky number features interweaving wah-wah guitar. Turner experimented with the wah-wah guitar on both "Jet Skis On The Moat" and "I Ain't Quite Where I Think I Am." It was, he told NME, the latter song "where everything clicked."
Angus Young created the distinctive opening guitar part for "Thuderstruck" by playing with all the strings taped up, except the B. He learned the studio trick from his older brother George Young, who was the rhythm guitarist for The Easybeats.
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