“R U Mine?” is the second track from British indie-rock band Arctic Monkeys’ fifth studio album, “AM”, which was released in September 2013. “R U Mine?” was written by lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Alex Turner and bassist and backing vocalist of the Arctic Monkeys, and produced by Ross Orton.
The track is an angry indie-rock love ballad about a rocky and uncertain relationship. In an interview with NME in April 2012, Alex Turner spoke about the track and the Easter eggs within it: “There’s a few references for people to pick up on in there—‘Some Velvet Morning’, Tracy Island. Those references are just me being a smartarse. The song, not to get too heavy, is about that uncertainty that comes with love sometimes. Wondering where you are with it all. That’s the undertone for the tune, but I threw in a Thunderbirds reference too. Just because.That particular bit is like the thing Lil Wayne and Drake do. We’ve been listening to a lot of their stuff recently. I like that thing they do where they talk about something backwards, so they talk about it but then say what it actually is on the next line. It’s hard to explain but I guess it’s a little nod to that idea. So I say, ‘I’m a puppet on a string’, just before mentioning Tracy Island. That’s what it’s about—uncertainty.”
The music video for “R U Mine?” was released on the 26th February 2012, a day before the official audio release of the track. The video was directed by Focus Creeps and features radio DJ and musician Steve Jones playing the song on his show, which Alex Turner, Matt Helders and Nick O’Malley lip-sync the song in a car, ending with the band performing live. The video also won an NME award for “Best Video” in 2013.
Release Date: 27th February 2012
Songwriter/s: Alex Turner. & Nick O’Malley
Producer: Ross Orton
Music Video Release Date: 16th February 2012
Music Video Director/s: Focus Creeps
Chart Rankings & Certifications: In its year of release, “R U Mine?” performed extremely well on the charts, reaching the following peak positions in various locations: #94 in Australia, #49, #27 and #43 on different charts in Canada; #11 in Belgium, #65 in Ireland, #147 in France, and #23 and #2 on various charts in the UK. The song is also certificated Gold in both Denmark and Italy as well as Platinum in the UK.
The lyrics to “R U Mine?” can be viewed here: LINK