The Kooks

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The Kooks

The Kooks formed in Brighton in 2004 and are an English indie rock band. The Kooks currently consist of guitarist and vocalist Luke Pritchard, drummer Paul Garred, lead guitarist and backing vocalist Hugh Harris, and bassist Dan Logan, who replaced Max Rafferty in 2008. The Kooks have two Top 5 albums to their name, as well as a string of Top 40 singles.

The Kooks: Early Days

The Kooks met as students at the Brighton Institute of Modern Music. Luke Pritchard formerly attended The Brits Performing Arts and Technology School in Croydon, where he was linked to musician Katie Melua. Luke Pritchard and Max Rafferty collaborated on a college project before getting Hugh Harris and Paul Garred on board. The band decided to name themselves after the song Kooks from David Bowie's 1971 album, Hunky Dory. The Kooks also shared a love of artists such as The Strokes, Bob Dylan, and The Police, which they began to channel into their own blend of poppy indie rock.

The Kooks: Inside In / Inside Out

In June 2005, soon after signing to Virgin Records, The Kooks released their debut single, Eddie's Gun. But it was The Kooks' third single, You Don't Love Me, which earned the band their first Top 20 hit. On 23rd January 2006, the Kooks unleashed their debut album, Inside In/Inside Out, which shot to number two in the UK Album Chart, eventually selling two million copies worldwide and going triple platinum in the UK. An alternative version of the album, called Inside In/Inside Out Acoustic, is also available.

Inside In/Inside Out was followed by the single Naïve, penned by Pritchard when he was just sixteen, and which reached number five in the UK Singles Chart on its release in March 2006. The Kooks' rise to fame accelerated with the release of another Top 10 single, She Moves in Her Own Way, and a support slot for The Rolling Stones at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium. Now well and truly in the media limelight, The Kooks were drawn into a spat with Razorlight, who also opened for The Rolling Stones on this tour. The NME regularly reported on the feud between Razorlight's front man Johnny Borrell and The Kooks' Luke Pritchard.

Across the UK, The Kooks were enjoying playing to packed venues and October 2006 saw the band set off on their first US tour, selling out shows in New York and Los Angeles. That year The Kooks were nominated for Best New Act at the Q Awards, but lost out to Corinne Bailey Rae. They were also nominated for Best UK and Ireland Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards.

The Kooks: Konk

The Kooks released the first of their new material in March 2008 with the single Always Where I Need To Be. The Kooks' second album, Konk, followed on 14th April and went straight to number one. Konk was recorded at the London studio of the same name, owned by Ray Davies, singer-songwriter with The Kinks. The Kooks also recorded seven tracks at RAK studios in London and included this CD, entitled RAK, in the double disc version of the album. Shine On was the second single to be taken from Konk and reached number twenty-five on its release in July 2008. Earlier that year, bass player Max Rafferty left The Kooks and was replaced by Dan Logan, a member of Brighton band Cat The Dog.

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12th May 2014 -

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18th March 2014 -

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After the premiere of The Kooks new single 'Down' as Zane Lowe's Hottest Record last week, and a sensational turn at SXSW playing three packed shows, the band are gearing up for four UK shows...

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12th March 2014 -

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17th October 2011 -

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The Kooks' new single 'Junk of the Heart (Happy)' is the second single from their third Top Ten album of the same name and will be released on November 7th, through Virgin Records. It follows...

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5th October 2010 -

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Spandau Ballet's Tony Hadley, Mr Hudson and The Kooks paid tribute to Charles Haddon last night (04.10.10).The musicians were part of an all star bill which came together for 'Chazzstock', to celebrate the frontman of...

Who's Randy? Luke Pritchard

1st April 2010 -

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The Kooks frontman Luke Pritchard was reportedly thrown out of The Who's concert after he was straddled by his girlfriend.The indie rocker was sat in the stalls at London's Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday night...

The Kooks - Sway

9th September 2008 -

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Sway video from The Kooks.Sway is the new single from The Kooks released on October 13th 2008 through Virgin Records. Over the summer the band have been travelling the world promoting their second album...

The Kooks - Konk

2nd June 2008 -

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Read a review for The Kooks album Konk released through Virgin.The Kooks debut album, "Inside In/ Inside Out" was a definable debut in Indie of the new millennium.it was bold, energetic, melodic and utterly thrilling....

The Kooks - Shine On

29th May 2008 -

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The Kooks: 'Arctic Monkeys Are Arrogant'

15th May 2008 -

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The Kooks - Always where I need to be

18th March 2008 -

 Review

The Kooks Always where I need to be Single Review "Always Where I Need To Be" is a real grower track. The first time you hear it, you might not be really convinced. You might...

The Kooks - Always Where I Need To Be

27th February 2008 -

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The Kooks Always Where I Need To Be Video The Kooks release Always Where I Need To Be on March 31st 2008 through Virgin Records. The eagerly awaited new album 'Konk' from The Kooks is...

Kooks Star Inspired To Be A Musician By Late Father

21st December 2006 -

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THE KOOKS frontman LUKE PRITCHARD was inspired to become a musician by his father, even though he died when the NAIVE singer was only three. The 21-year-old's dad BOB was the driving force behind 1960s...

Kasabian Slams The Kooks

31st October 2006 -

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KASABIAN guitarist/keyboardist SERGE PIZZORNO slammed his chart rivals THE KOOKS at the Q Music Awards in London yesterday (30OCT06). Pizzorno's band hit the headlines recently after they attacked KEANE frontman TOM CHAPLIN's recent rehab visit,...

The Kooks - Rock City Nottingham

4th October 2006 -

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The Kooks & Larrikin LoveRock City Nottingham 26/09/06,Live ReviewSo on a pleasant night in Nottingham we find ourselves on the way to Rock City, ready to see the current band of the moment, The Kooks! As...

The Kooks, Ooh La, Video

25th September 2006 -

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The KooksOoh LaVideoThe Kooks will release their new single 'Ooh La' on Oct 23rd on Virgin Records.'Ooh La' is taken from The Kooks debut album 'Inside In/Inside Out' which has been in the Top Ten...

The Kooks - She Moves In Her Own Way

12th June 2006 -

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The Kooks, She Moves In Her Own Way, Single ReviewThe sun is finally out and now it's time to crack open a beer and chill in the back garden. BUT wait there is something missing,...

The Kooks, She Moves In Her Own Way, Video Stream

19th May 2006 -

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The Kooks - Naïve

13th March 2006 -

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The Kooks,Naive, Video Stream

28th February 2006 -

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The Kooks Naïve 27th March 2006 The Kooks will release new single 'Naïve' on March 27th through Virgin Records. 'Naïve' is the fourth single to be taken from their recent top ten debut album 'Inside...

The Kooks - Inside In/Inside Out

17th January 2006 -

 Review

The Kooks"Inside In/Inside Out"VirginReleased 23/01/06The first time that Brighton quartet The Kooks played together, they knocked out a cover of The Strokes' "Reptilia". They've come a long way since then, becoming darlings of the...

The Kooks, You Don't Love Me, Video Stream

9th January 2006 -

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The Kooks - You Don't Love Me

8th December 2005 -

 Review

The KooksYou Don't Love MeIf you're loving the retro vibe of Arctic Monkeys then this is another one for you, courtesy of upcoming Brighton four piece, The Kooks. Most distinctive is the vocal delivery which...

The Kooks, Sofa Song, Video Stream

11th October 2005 -

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The Kooks - Album Sampler

6th October 2005 -

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The Kooks - Eddies Gun

27th July 2005 -

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The Kooks, Video Interview

9th February 2007

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16th May 2006

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1st March 2006

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Lia

i LOVE the kooks they rule! they are brillent and so diffrent 2 other crappy bands in the uk! They are brillant and i LOVE there album, it is very good. One of my fave songs on there is "i want you back" its brillent! I remember the first song i heard from them was "naive" and i love it stright away! They are a great band and i know they will be very big. you rock guys and keep on rocking!

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Colleen

I love The Kooks! First song I heard them sing was "Naive" and I still love listening to it everyday. Never get fed up with any of their songs. My favourite is "I want you back" because its amazing! Got some really odd sounds in it, especially the end. Gotta say, keep up the good work guys :)

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