There are two types of student at Queen Mary – those who love Drapers and those who lie about not loving Drapers. Yes, it may smell of shame and broken teenage dreams, but it’s still fucking great. You will undoubtedly end up there at some point, and you may be lucky enough to stumble across the token “indie night” that is Monday’s Calling.
Now, dear Freshers, don’t be put off by the crap name or the inevitable Facebook statuses of “Monday’s Calling and I’m answering”, this is the perfect night to not only ensure that your 9am lecture on a Tuesday is a write off, but also to show how dead alternative you are to your new mates. However in order to take your role as the “indie one”of your friendship group, you need to make sure that you know the lyrics to all of these classics so you can really impress everyone as you sing along with a pint in each hand. Also, they will be played at every single fucking Monday’s Calling from now until the end of time so you might as well start learning them now…
1. ‘Last Night’ by The Strokes
Make sure you get “Your grandsons, they won’t understand”and “In spaceships, they won’t understand” the right way round and you should be alright. Pair with a leather jacket to really give you the edge.
2. ‘Chelsea Dagger’ by The Fratellis
This will be the song where you get covered in cider black as the opening chords start. Normally played towards the end of the night so as long as you nail the chanting bit, you’ll look like you know your shit.
3. ‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’by The Libertines
As soon as you hear this song come on, make sure you grab the nearest person to you in order to scream “LET ME GO”in their face. This means that they will know that you really embody the don’t-give-a-fuck attitude that The Libertines possess. Bonus cred for knowing that Pete actually went to Queen Mary for a little bit.
4. A slow song, probably by Oasis.
Monday’s Calling always ends on a slow song to show how #deep we all are, so expect to hear something like ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’by Oasis as the night draws to a close. Use this as an opportunity to put your arms round your mates and sing the lyrics as loud as you possibly can.
5. The entire back catalogue of Arctic Monkeys.
It’s an “indie night”so it would be wrong if at least three Arctic Monkeys songs weren’t played. Expect at least one song from every album and probably more from whichever one NME has talked a bit about that week. Also, singing along to Monkeys is a great way to gage how drunk you are through how shit your northern accent is as you try to sound like Alex Turner.
If you have these songs nailed, you should be able to sail through Monday’s Calling with everyone thinking that you’re well into music. If not, it’s £1.50 a pint so you probably won’t be able to stand, let alone sing, after about half ten. See you at Freshers!