With the Arctic Monkeys, you can virtually guarantee that if you ever purchase one of their singles, you're going to get some good B sides as well. 'Teddy Picker' is no exception.
The catchy, upbeat song itself was the third single from the band's second album 'Favourite Worst Nightmare', released in 2007, and was one of the highlights. As for the B sides, 'Bad Woman' is a grower, with fellow Sheffield musician and singer of the Britpop band Longpigs as the lead vocalist. 'The Death Ramps' is a pure-class, 3 minutes, 20 seconds instrumental track, and the short-but-sweet 'Nettles' closes things out.
I am a Arctic Monkeys completest, and always buy the singles and EPs to hear the excusive stuff that you can't get on the albums. Whilst I don't hold this one in the same regard as the singles 'Fluorescent Adolescent', 'Leave Before The Lights Come On' in terms of excellent B sides, or the fantastic 'Who The ---- Are Arctic Monkeys?' EP, the songs here are still good. Maybe 'Teddy Picker' is one for the fellow completest only.
The B-sides mean this single is definitely worth buying. The pair-up with Richard Hawley on "Bad Woman" is great, as is "Death Ramps", but "Nettles" is awesome, with Alex Turner at his best! Teddy Picker never grows old either despite having listened to it a million times, and is up there with Brianstorm as the best tune from Favourite Worst Nightmare
This is by far and away the most upbeat and sing-along song to come of the Artic Monkeys second album (Favourite Worst Nightmare) and is personally my favourite.
As ever though £4 is far to much for a single, especially when you can purhcase the album for £5 in places then download the B-sides from iTunes. Still let me say again that this really is a great tune and well worth a listen.