Album Cover Models Then and Now – The Arctic Monkeys, ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’
Then: Chris McClure was just a 19-year-old and a friend of the Arctic Monkeys when the band gave him, his cousin and a best friend money to spend on drinking and a night out.
The photo of McClure squinting at the camera and smoking a cigarette that ended up on the cover of ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’ was snapped late that night.
There was some controversy surrounding the cover art after the album release — a Scotland health official said the photo “reinforces the idea that smoking is OK.”
Johnny Bradshaw, the band’s product manager, responded to criticism by saying, “you can see from the image smoking is not doing him the world of good.”