Arctic Monkeys’ latest album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino requires more than one listen to put a finger on what it is actually about. Many fans have surely spent some time unraveling the intricate layers and metaphors in the lyrics. Alex Turner has now given us some insight in his writing process and revealed some of the more bold original lyrics to ‘Four Out Of Five’ that eventually got scratched.

References to science fiction

The songs on Arctic Monkeys’ sixth album revolve around the theme of a luxury resort on the Moon. The lyrics contain both obvious and more hidden references to science fiction and space travel. About the lead single of the album, ‘Four Out Of Five’, lyricist Alex Turner said: “Four stars out of five is a bit of a pun, with the stars,” and continuing he declared: “I may have gotten a bit carried away there.”

Original lyrics to ‘Four Out Of Five’

The song begins with these lyrics: ‘Advertise in imaginative ways / Start your free trial today / Come on in, the water’s lovely / Look, you could meet someone you like / During the meteor strike  / It is that easy’.

“Originally, the words were: ‘Karaoke and raspberry beret, in imaginative ways, and I get signed right then and there by a hotshot executive / I wasn’t expecting it that easy’,” he explained in an interview about his writing process with Vulture.

Caught up in writing around a theme

This statement led to the story of how he got so caught up by the Sci-Fi theme that he had to be careful not to put too much words and references in the songs. Did you know one song was scratched from the album entirely? The reason, he explained: “You don’t want to make a song too lumpy.”

After Alex’s comments, we clearly need another listen to piece together what the song really is about!

 

 

 

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Esther Smits
I have a weakness for expensive limited edition vinyl and a love for everything Britrock, especially Muse, Editors and Arctic Monkeys.