Fake Tales of San Francisco

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"Fake Tales of San Francisco"
Fake Tales of San Francisco promo single.jpg
Promotional single by Arctic Monkeys
from the album Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
ReleasedAugust 2006
FormatPromotional CD
Genrepost-punk revival
Songwriter(s)Alex Turner
Music video
"Fake Tales of San Francisco" on YouTube

"Fake Tales of San Francisco" is a song by English indie rock band Arctic Monkeys originally released on the band's first EP Five Minutes with Arctic Monkeys in May 2005.[1] After being featured on the band's debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, the song was released as a radio only single[2] in the United States instead of "Leave Before the Lights Come On", which was released there at the end of October; the song was also released in the Netherlands,[3] where it reached number 31 on the Dutch Singles Chart. The song was popular on alternative rock radio in the U.S. in late 2006, but ultimately did not chart on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart.

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song is the same as when it was previously released on Five Minutes with Arctic Monkeys. Directed by a friend of the band, Mark Bull, the video features a compilation of footage of some of the band's earliest performances at various gigs and was given airplay in the UK on MTV2 in 2005. Although he has now left the band, the video includes several shots of former bassist Andy Nicholson.


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
Canada Rock (Billboard)[4] 43


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[5] Silver 200,000double-dagger

double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Arctic Monkeys EP Release 'Five Minutes with Arctic Monkeys'
  2. ^ Mardy Bum - Arctic Monkeys Fansite - Arctic Monkeys Lyrics - Arctic Monkeys Videos - Arctic Monkeys Audio
  3. ^ Arctic Monkeys Fake Tales Of San Francisco @ Top40-Charts.com - 40 Top 20 & Top 40 Music Charts from 25 Countries
  4. ^ "Arctic Monkeys Chart History (Canada Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  5. ^ "British single certifications – Arctic Monkeys – Fake Tales of San Francisco". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 31 May 2019. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Fake Tales of San Francisco in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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