Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High? :: Arctic Monkeys
from the album, AM
Directed by Nabil Elderkin
Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High? is a song by English indie rock band Arctic Monkeys and the third single from their fifth studio album AM, following R U Mine? and Do I Wanna Know?. referred to as the last in the album’s trilogy of question-mark songs. The song was leaked on July 29, 2013, on YouTube and social networking sites, but was quickly taken down. It was released as a single on August 11, 2013, together with an accompanying music video.
On August 18, 2013, the song debuted at # 8 on the UK Singles Chart making it their first top 10 single since Fluorescent Adolescent, in 2007. The single’s B-side, Stop the World I Wanna Get Off with You, independently reached # 74 on the UK Singles Chart on September 8, 2013.
The music video (see above) began filming in early July 2013 and was released on August 10, 2013. As of 30 August 2013, it’s had over 3 million viewers on YouTube. The music video features Lamie Stewart as Stephanie.
The video shows Alex Turner, Jamie Cook, Nick O’Malley and Matt Helders in the Howl at the Moon pub in East London, Hoxton Street, having a drink. The song Do I Wanna Know? can be heard in the background. Wasted, Alex sends multiple text messages to a girl called Stephanie to get a booty call, without any answer. When he leaves the pub, he walks through the city and hallucinates. Eventually, he gets to the wrong house, across the street from Stephanie’s, and stands outside the door. The camera shows the girl at her home, picking up the phone and deciding to ignore his texts.
“I had no idea the shoot was going to be so explicit,” model Lamie Stewart, who plays Stephanie in the video, told NME. “I missed an email, so when I turned up I was like… riiiight! The scene where I have sex with the man in the kebab shop was quite hilarious, especially: the kebab guy was actually the sweetest thing. He was more nervous than I was! I’ve been a fan of the band for a very long time, since 6th form, so was very happy when I won the role to be in the video, despite being passed around via Alex’s drunken mind state!”
Set at 3am at some party, frontman Alex Turner told Q magazine the song was inspired by a voicemail he got “along those lines.”
Editor’s Note: I had the opportunity to see Arctic Monkeys play at the Wiltern last week. Though I had some issues with the show (mainly venue and attendees issues) the band was in top form. This is my favorite recent song of theirs. I am still prone to their first two albums, especially Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not which has a lot or personal significance to me.