Alex Turner (born in 1986) is best known as the frontman and principal songwriter of the rock band Arctic Monkeys, with whom he has released six albums. He has also recorded with his side project The Last Shadow Puppets and as a solo artist. Turner and the Arctic Monkeys developed their own unique sound which oozed a disruptive teenhood aesthetic after being inspired by garage rock bands like The Strokes and Queens of the Stone Age, as well as some of the music world’s classic icons.

Though Arctic Monkeys and Alex Turner have been stealing our hearts with their music being known worldwide, how much do you actually know about the band’s frontman? Here following are five surprising things that even the biggest Arctic Monkeys fan might not know about Alex Turner that we want to share with you.

1.The other members of the bands were forced by Alex Turner to learn instruments so that they could start a band.

It’s a fact that most musicians spend years mastering their instruments before they even think about starting a group, but for Turner, it was quite the opposite. After Turner and Jamie Cook received guitars as Christmas presents one year, Turner decided they would play as a band.

As a result, Matt Helders was forced to learn the drums as the others were “already playing the guitar.” Surprisingly the three long-time buddies soon developed their skills and own sense of sound, becoming one of the biggest rock and roll bands in the world. 

2. He was too shy to be the frontman

You might be surprised to know this but in the band’s early days, Turner was too shy to sing as the band’s frontman. He originally enlisted Glyn Jones, a fellow high school student to sing in the band, and after a short time playing together, Jones left the project due to “not having the dedication to take it any further”. This compelled Turner to finally get over his nerves and start singing for the band, and he is now renowned as one of the most confident and energetic performers around. 

3. He does not like his first #1

I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor”, one of the band’s most successful songs and their very first number one may be popular to fans of Arctic Monkeys, but for Turner it might not be because he stated that the track is “a bit shit”. “..the words are rubbish. It could be a big song, but I’d hate to be just known for that song because it’s crap.” he said. 

4. He has a long-standing feud with Radiohead

This one turns out to be the most shocking fact about Alex Turner. Both the Arctic Monkeys and Radiohead have had a long-standing hatred for one another. Did you know why?

In a 2006 interview when Thom Yorke criticized the modern-day music industry, he said: “The fact that poor Arctic Monkeys are getting so much attention is purely based on the fact that the mainstream music business is such a bunch of fucking retards as far as I’m concerned”. Naturally, Turner was less than impressed by the comment, resulting in plenty of back-and-forth banter between the bands.

5. Alex Turner  has never used social media (and never plans to)

It’s a fact that the Arctic Monkeys is known as one of the first bands to go viral as a result of Myspace, and the band owes a lot of their success to the social media world. Nevertheless, the group never had their own profiles nor created their own page. They were completely unaware of the site altogether, until the band started getting big. As a result, it was actually a fan who created the page on their behalf.

So until now Turner has no personal social media profiles.

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