We knew they had their fans, who apparently all chose purely at random to visit the downloads on their website nine months ago, but the Arctic Monkeys are number one in the midweek chart, a decent amount ahead of the Sugababes. It's preposterous mostly because we can't recall any other band of their ilk in recent times being actually top halfway between Sundays. Can't wait for the 'demos were better' brigade to emerge, although we'll lose hope if this and Franz Ferdinand's success turns Domino's Lawrence Bell into Alan McGee at his most shades-indoors Blessed Leader-like.
Also of note, new Busted - But Girls! the Love Bites, who as far as we're aware are unique in having no offspring of late 70s pop-experimentalists in their line-up, are at 7. We wonder how long it took the video director to come up with the idea of the girls hassling a single bloke, and by 'how long' we're counting in seconds.