What's The Bloke From The Arctic Monkeys' Album Cover Up To Now?
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Remember Arctic Monkeys' debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not? It will have stuck in your mind thanks to that incredibly wordy title and catchy lyrics like 'And what a scummy man' - but also, perhaps above all else, that iconic black and white cover.
The artwork for the album - which was released over 12 years ago - famously features a simple, grayscale photo of a guy smoking a cigarette. That man is Chris McClure (brother of Reverend and the Makers' Jon McClure, FYI), who became friends with the band at 16 after meeting them on the last bus home.
He was studying at uni when he got a call from then-bassist Andy Nicholson, who was after photos of a bloke on a night out to use as the artwork. He didn't tell him it would be for the cover, meaning Chris had absolutely no idea just how famous his face was about to become.
"We met the photographer and assistants in a bar at 2pm," Chris told The Guardian.
"I said: 'What do you want us to do?'.
"They said: 'Go out and get drunk - come back after midnight'.
"They gave us a wad of cash, literally hundreds of pounds. We were young and made the most of it.
"When I arrived back it was gone 2am. There was a venue below the bar and we did the pictures there, just me sat on a stool. They gave me more whiskey and I threw up half way through. Everything was blurry."
He explained how the Monday after the album released was 'bonkers', and that it felt like he'd been 'dipped into fame'. Needless to say, his 19-year-old student life became pretty surreal, as house parties became opportunities for strangers to ask him to recreate the image.
These days he says he works with adults with learning difficulties, and that he's recognised by others much less.
But he says he's still a 'creative' person as well, having been in bands and written a sitcom. Recently he also created a short online comedy series about a fictional Sunday league football manager. The show, Steve Bracknell's Sunday League, garnered a fair bit of attention after a hilarious team talk at the end of the first episode that went viral.
Must be an odd one, being the face of an album that genuinely defined a generation - especially, as Chris recalls, when it turns out that even Noel Gallagher is a fan.
Chris says: "Noel did a double take. He said: 'I've got you hanging in my house!'
"I said: "I've got you in mine!"'
Sure, it may have been the subject of fleeting controversy when people criticised the artwork for promoting smoking - but luckily the band's manager, Johnny Bradshaw, was able to defend it by saying simply and ingeniously: "You can see from the image smoking is not doing him the world of good."
Chris also said that he didn't let it bother him, adding: "Some people said we were promoting smoking, but I didn't worry myself about that."