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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.
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.
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: 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.
The Kooks unveil their greatest hits compilation alongside a new single called 'Be Who You Are'.
The Kooks have just dropped their first single in two years entitled 'Be Who You Are'; one of the brand new songs from their forthcoming compilation album 'Best Of... So Far'. The British indie band will be supporting the new release with a full UK tour starting in April.
The Kooks return with their first Best Of album
To celebrate more than 10 years together, the Brighton four-piece unveil their very first greatest hits album entitled 'Best Of... So Far', spanning work from their four studio albums: 'Inside In/ Inside Out', 'Konk', 'Junk of the Heart' and 'Listen'.
Continue reading: The Kooks Promise More Music To Come With 'Best Of... So Far' Album
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 on from lead single 'Is It Me', which was released in September 2011.
Continue: The Kooks - Junk Of The Heart (Happy)
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. Now, it comes to the same band and their poke at the all important and difficult second album. And from the off, I must admit, it is evident that the Kooks are stating their case as one of the bands of the decade.
Tracks like "Always Where I Need To Be", "Mr. Maker", "Do You Wanna" and "Stormy Weather" stand out as the real wonderful tracks of the album. This is music with passion, accuracy, a touch of class and sheer music supremacy. The Kooks have matured greatly in album Number Two, but, significantly, they have still managed to maintain their lackadaisical, for-the-fun-of-it approach to music writing and I find that truly inspiring.
This album could be the sound track to the summer and certainly is bound to be amongst most popular albums of the year .Ace.
Always where I need to be
Continue reading: The Kooks, Always where I need to be Single Review
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The Jungle Kooks in Glasgow for @TRNSMTfest earlier this year. #TBT https://t.co/Sw7ziuMwVM
Making memories earlier this month, over in LA. Working on new things! 😇 📸 : Christine Solomon https://t.co/v2hRYoSJvv
Final tickets DC! These won't last long! X https://t.co/Cko7a4jZQh
So thankful for the kind words on the Broken Vow video! If you haven't had the pleasure yet, head to @Vevo_UK:… https://t.co/gsjIHMQK9d
Dug out a few snaps from LA earlier this month, over on https://t.co/jxy94wkD0B... 📸 : Christine Solomon https://t.co/yHTnp6bBQv
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We had a wonderful weekend in Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur, huge love to everyone who came out to see us! 📸 : @ixn https://t.co/82TbqH0geL
Been having a blast in Jakarta - check out a lil' On The Road playlist we've put together on @Spotify! 🎧 https://t.co/MJ26k7J6CC
Wow, Jakarta! You're beautiful. Thanks for having us, @WeTheFest 😘 📸 : Hafreez Amminuddin https://t.co/h71Cil4NLk
One from the vaults! #TBT https://t.co/HmQlv46ftx
We'll be at @WeTheFest tomorrow and we've put together a little playlist of tunes we'll be listening to On The Road! https://t.co/MJ26k7J6CC
Shared some more #KooksMemories over on the Tumblr, including a few snaps from our time in LA!… https://t.co/9h0N7jVQTH
RT @thekooksmusic: We made a video for Broken Vow, and you can watch it in all it's glory via @Vevo_UK at https://t.co/5c9H1C6pWk! 😘 https:…
We made a video for Broken Vow, and you can watch it in all it's glory via @Vevo_UK at https://t.co/5c9H1C6pWk! 😘 https://t.co/eXHO2mtDTu
The video for Broken Vow is premiering over on @Vevo_UK! Get it in your eyeholes here: https://t.co/5c9H1C6pWk 👀 https://t.co/Jd5uo6fOZl
Been making some new #KooksMemories over in LA recently. Head over to https://t.co/jxy94wCepb to check 'em! 🇺🇸 🌞… https://t.co/suTEJysKda
RT @thekooksmusic: Our video for Broken Vow is premiering right now over on @Vevo_UK! Head to https://t.co/5c9H1C6pWk to check it out! 🤗 ht…
Our video for Broken Vow is premiering right now over on @Vevo_UK! Head to https://t.co/5c9H1C6pWk to check it out!… https://t.co/0bDvXk3OJb
RT @thekooksmusic: Our 'Broken Vow' video is premiering right now over at @Vevo_UK. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do! 😘 https://t.co…