In spite of the huge success that the Arctic Monkeys have had over the last few years, the news that their lead singer Alex Turner will be releasing a solo album has come as a bit of a shock. Arctic Monkeys followers are concerned that it could spell the end of the band, but some music fans think a much bigger issue has emerged.
Enthusiasts of the ditties of George Formby are concerned that Alex could be looking to encroach on their idol's fame. Although youngsters these days would think you were referring to a low fat grill, mention of the name George Formby can still invoke a response amongst people of a certain age. And many of George's fans want to know if Alex will be sticking to a Fender Bronco or his old Jazzmaster, or whether he'll be breaking out a ukulele.
The idea of Alex strumming away under a 1920's-style street light singing about cleaning windows does not sit comfortably with the Formby Massive. They say that if he ever mentions Fanlight Fanny or Mr. Wu there could be riots.
Arctic Monkey fans are disgusted with the idea that Alex is being compared to George Formby. They claim that it is like saying Oasis sometimes sound a bit like the Beatles or that the Kaiser Chiefs can sometimes sound like 10CC.
Or that Cheryl Cole sounds like Stephen Hawking, at least until the Autotune kicks in.