Arctic Monkeys – Fluorescent Adolescent (Tab and Chords)

Arctic Monkeys – Fluorescent Adolescent (Chords)

About 1,750 posts ago I put up The Arctic Monkeys’ Despair in the Departure Lounge. Since then there’s been a steady trickle of requests for Fluorescent Adolescent. So it’s about time I got round to it.

It’s a fairly difficult one. Lots of barre chords, the dreaded E chord and some confusing rhythms. Still, none of it’s as tricky as spelling the title.

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Arctic Monkeys – Fluorescent Adolescent Intro (Tab)

Intro – Two Ukes

Here’s the intro part arranged for two ukuleles.

Or you can just about fit both parts on to one ukulele. Which sounds like this:

Intro – One Uke

Or play just the lead line.


Buy the MP3
Despair in the Departure Lounge chords
AM Medley tab

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  1. George June 25th, 2013 7:36 pm

    I have been waiting for this for a while! Thank you, times perfectly with the new album announcement

  2. Toast June 26th, 2013 3:32 am

    Awesome, love Arctic Monkeys, one of my favourites this

    When I was first starting up the E chord was the bane of my playing but with some experimentation it became normal there are some far fiddlier things out there
    Or you could always go for the concert/barred version 4447

  3. Woodshed June 26th, 2013 6:20 am

    George: I’m really looking forward to that album. Much more than I have the last few.

    Toast: I do often go with 4447. Or some other variation.

  4. paolo June 26th, 2013 8:58 am

    Always thought this would be good Formby stylee.

  5. Potato fries June 26th, 2013 7:23 pm

    Are the order of the chords in the song correct? ‘Cause it sounds a little different to me :p

  6. The Captain June 26th, 2013 10:40 pm

    Despair … works really nice on the uke and I’m quite sure this one will, too. Just seen it, will work it out tomorrow. Thanks!

  7. Woodshed June 27th, 2013 6:36 am

    paolo: Give it a go.

    Potato fries: They sound right to me but feel free to swap them around.

    The Captain: Good luck with it.

  8. Snacks July 9th, 2013 4:53 am

    I am so upset with you right now woodshed.

    I was rifling through my girlfriend’s ipod last night in the car and I was like ooh arctic monkeys I know a couple of their songs.. put this one on and fell in love. sung it at work all day and came home to find out if you had ever tabbed this…
    To my surprise you did that yesterday as I was falling in love with it.

    Synchronicity is such a joke.

  9. Woodshed July 9th, 2013 11:12 am

    Snacks: Spooky!

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