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Matt Helders and Jamie Cook promise to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth when answering Hot Press readers’ questions.
Stuart Clark, 04 Mar 2010
Great, at least the questions will be decent!”
The cheeky sod! Instead of being crestfallen that he’s being deprived of the joys of his second Clarkian probing in sixth months, Arctic Monkeys drummer and P. Diddy’s bezzie mate Matt Helders is delighted that today’s interview agenda has been set by Hot Press readers.
Actually, I ought to have said cheeky, hairy sod because since July, the 23-year-old has sprouted a very fetching Afro that completes the Monkeys’ transmogrification into Hammer Of The Gods-style rockers (more of which anon).
With Alex Turner and Nick O’Malley saving themselves for tonight’s belter of an O2 show – “It’s the last day of the tour and we haven’t been pacing ourselves very well!” – wingman duties fall to guitarist Jamie Cook who doesn’t have any famous hip hopper friends but, hey, we won’t hold that against him!
So, fingers on the buzzer gentlemen, here’s your starter for ten…
Are you aware that Nick Cave complimented your version of ‘Red Right Hand’ at a recent Dublin show? He said something along the lines of, “Because the Arctic Monkeys have done such a great job on this, we feel like we have a licence to mangle it.”
Steo Murphy, Clones
Matt: Lovely, that’s a good seal of approval for us! We’d been pestering a mate of ours who’s done some work for Grinderman to ask Nick what he thought, but now we know.
Jamie: We’ve done all sorts in soundcheck – Kings Of Leon, Bloc Party – but that was our first proper, grown up cover!
Hi chaps, any hope of you making a record with Diddy? Reckon it would sound wicked!
Steve, Hollywood (County Down, not L.A.!)
Matt: Probably not. He doesn’t need Arctic Monkeys on his records. I might drum for him though! If we were going to collaborate with anyone, it’d probably be a girl. Get a proper singer in! No, it’d be an interesting contrast with Al’s voice.
Jamie: Next time I bump in to Lady GaGa I’ll ask her if she’s up for it!
Your favourite album, book, film & TV show of the noughties, please!