The Ultracheese

Album: Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino (2018)

Songfacts®:

  • This is the closing track of Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, in which the Arctic Monkeys take up the role of the titular lunar location's house band. This song finds Alex Turner reflecting on his music and the isolation he feels now living on the moon far away from his friends and love interest. Like most of the other Tranquility tracks, it was written by Alex Turner on a Steinway Vertegrand piano.

    What a death I died writing that song
    From start to finish, with you looking on
    It stays between us, Steinway, and his sons
    Because it's the ultracheese


    Turner worries that the song may be too "cheesy" to be made public.
  • Arctic Monkeys played the song live for the first time during their June 18, 2018 show at the Ascend Ampitheatre in Nashville, Tennessee.

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