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Brown's Arctic Monkeys admission
The Artic Monkeys
Gordon Brown could not name any of the Artic Monkeys' songs
Chancellor Gordon Brown has admitted that he cannot name any of the songs from the debut album of award-winning band the Arctic Monkeys.

Mr Brown has previously said he was a fan of the group, but failed to identify any of their songs when questioned about them.

His only comment on the Sheffield-based band was: "They are very loud."

The band won this year's Mercury Prize for their album Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not.

The album became the fastest-selling debut in chart history, shifting more than 360,000 copies in its first week.

The Arctic Monkeys, who won 20,000 through taking the Mercury Prize, have also proved an embarrassment to the Liberal Democrats.

Sir Menzies Campbell, the Lib Dem leader, incorrectly announced during his party's conference that they had sold more records than the Beatles.

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