No 1 Party Anthem

Album: AM (2013)
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Songfacts®:

  • This Britpop ballad finds Alex Turner in a reflective, almost melancholic mood as he recounts a tale of drunken advances at a party:

    As all the signals are sent, her eyes invite you to approach
    And it seems as though those lumps in your throat.
    That you just swallowed have got you going.


    The girl is a "certified mind blower" and aware of the effect that she's having on Alex. He's waiting for the perfect song, a "No. 1 Party Anthem," to give him the courage to hit it off with her.
  • The song starts:

    So you're on the prowl wondering whether she left already or not
    Leather jacket, collar popped like antenna


    When we first heard it, the line sounded like "collar popped like Cantona," which would have referred to Eric Cantona, a retired French footballer turned actor, who famously played for Manchester United with his collar popped up. Alas, Mr. Cantona is not part of the song.
  • Several well-known songs are quoted in the lyrics, including Dusty Springfield's "The Look Of Love," Coldplay's "A Rush Of Blood To The Head" and "the number one party anthem," Madness' "House Of Fun."
  • Under the Radar asked Turner if he was worried how this song was going to fit on AM, since it is a ballad on an album of more upbeat tracks. The Arctic Monkeys frontman replied: "A little bit. I knew we wanted to have a couple of them types of tunes on there. You've got that, and you've got 'Mad Sounds,' which comes after it, but it's got a little bit of something else in there. There are others that are in major key on the record, but what connects it to the rest of them is the subject matter and the melody. I was trying to get away from melodies that stick on something, and it was one of the first melodies that meandered around a bit. You get that on 'Do I Wanna Know?' and a couple others, as well, on the melody and the bridge. It's almost kind of conversational more than melodic. It doesn't seem to follow a formula. You don't really know where the next line is going to move melodically, which is exciting for me." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France

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