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See Arctic Monkeys Strip Down ‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?’

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Back in September, Queens of the Stone Age took over the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge to play an acoustic cover of “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?” by their little British bros the Arctic Monkeys. SPIN cover star Josh Homme led a quiet rendition of the booty-call-and-response track, one of many highlights off of the Monkeys’ Mercury Prize-nominated fifth album, AM. Now, Arctic Monkeys members Alex Turner and drummer Matt Helders have shared their own stripped-bare take on the song, by way of a recent in-studio performance filmed in New York City’s Avatar Studios. The low-key version holds onto the original’s falsetto pleas and strummy strut, but peppers the tune with careful xylophone plinks, lending the long-distance kiss-off a new kind of delicacy. Watch the video above (via Stereogum), compare it to QOTSA’s interpretation, and then read SPIN’s exclusive, in-depth interview with Alex Turner.