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Arctic Monkeys
"Balaclava"
Favourite Worst Nightmare
Domino
2007

Balaclava? Don't you mean Václav Havel, the first president of the Czech Republic following the fall of Communism via the Velvet Revolution? No? Hmmm... Well, speaking of things Russian, you probably mispronounced balalaika, the Russian folk instrument that kinda looks like a guitar, only with a triangular body. Still wrong? Alright then, did you mean baklava, the delicious Greek pastry characteristically made with layers of phyllo dough? No?!

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So what the hell is a balaclava anyways? Initially, I was thinking that it was an alternate name for the instrument they are banging on that got them here in the first place. I was wrong.

Well, further research has indicated that a balaclava is essentially a ski mask. Something criminals wear to conceal their identity, or something you wear in the winter to keep your head warm. As you know, because your mother told you so, the vast majority of your body heat escapes from your head.

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What about the song, you say. The protagonist of the song wants to commit a crime of some sort. I have read online that this crime could be anything from a burglary to rape. The nature of the crime is inconsequential. What is at stake is his conscience. His little angel on his shoulder is telling him, "No!" All the while, the devil on the other shoulder is telling to put on the balaclava and not worry about it, because with the disguise, no one will recognize him and he won't get caught.

In summation, the balaclava = his balls.


The Bell Score: 3.95588





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