The Arctic Monkeys have told Steve Lamacq that they will not be performing on Top Of The Pops in the future, however famous the young 'urchins' (well, if everyone else can say it) become.
The band said the following on BBC 6Music:
"It didn't start as a big thing. It just didn't feel right. And now even if we did want to do it (Top Of The Pops) we can't do it because people have said... we've said no once and it's hard to go back on that."
Meanwhile, the four-piece are facing up to the fact that their debut album, Whatever You Say That I Am, That's What I'm Not, could be the fastest-selling debut rock album, ever. Pre-release demands are already bettering those of the current holder of said record, Oasis' Definitely Maybe, released back in August of 1994. Shit, we're getting old...
Certain stores, including HMV in the band's hometown of Sheffield, are to open early to meet demand from students and office workers making their way in for the nine-to-whatever grind. Gennaro Castaldo, Head of HMV Press & PR, said:
"We might be entering the Chinese Year of the Dog, but as far as the Music Industry is concerned 2006 is very much the 'Year of the Monkey' ... It usually takes much longer for a band to develop mainstream appeal and the commercial success that comes with it. The Arctic Monkeys seem to have managed this in just one leap."