The Arctic Monkeys released their fourth studio album titled “Suck It and See” on June 6, 2011. The album cover simply reads “Suck It and See”, an English idiom simply meaning that something must be tried first.
But the album was actually named after the graffiti seen in Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 cult-classic film A Clockwork Orange. Here’s a screen grab from the movie where Alex DeLarge waits outside of a broken elevator inside of his decrepit apartment building and you can clearly see the “SUCK IT AND SEE” writing on the wall.
When it was released, “Suck It And See” was deemed “too rude” by some American record stores and were sold with an Arctic Monkeys sticker over the title. Alex Turner said of the American reaction to the the album’s title:
“They think it is rude, disrespectful and they’re putting a sticker over it in America in certain stores, big ones.”
I don’t know if this was the bands reaction to stupid censorship but check out the photo used on the “Suck It and See” single featuring drummer Matt Helders on the cover.
Thumbs up to Matt for that one!!! Helders sometimes puts the numbers 0114 on his drum kit, click photo or link below to find out why… A special thanks from feelnumb.com to Hailey Gross for the tip on the cool Arctic Monkeys/A Clockwork Orange story.