The Kooks (UK band)

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The Kooks are a British rock band formed in Brighton, East Sussex, in 2004. The band consists of Luke Pritchard (vocals/guitar), Hugh Harris (lead guitar), Alexis Nunez (drums), and Peter Denton (bass guitar). The lineup of the band remained constant until the departure of Rafferty in 2008. Dan Logan served as a temporary replacement, until Peter Denton joined the band permanently in October 2008. Early in 2010, Pritchard announced the departure of drummer Paul Garred, due to a nerve problem in his arm. Late in the year, Garred rejoined for studio sessions, however Chris Prendergast played drums when the band played live. In 2012, the band was accompanied on drums by Alexis Nunez (from Golden Silvers), who eventually joined the band full-time.

A self-described "pop" band, their music is primarily influenced by the 1960s British Invasion movement and post-punk revival of the new millennium. With songs described as "catchy as hell", The Kooks have experimented in several genres including rock, Britpop, pop, reggae, and ska, being described once as a "more energetic Thrills or a looser Sam Roberts Band, maybe even a less severe Arctic Monkeys at times".

Signed to Virgin Records just three months after forming, The Kooks broke into the musical mainstream with their debut album Inside In/Inside Out (2006). The album was ultimately successful, achieving quadruple platinum status in the UK within a year and also overseas in the form of a platinum certification in Australia and two times platinum in Ireland. The Kooks found themselves entering into mainstream media attention, with the band winning the award for Best UK & Ireland Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2006 and picking up a nomination at The Brit Awards for the single "She Moves in Her Own Way". With their follow-up Konk (2008) debuting at number one on the UK Albums Chart, it recorded first week sales of 65,000, achieving gold status in both the UK and Ireland. Their third studio album, entitled Junk of the Heart, was released on 12 September 2011.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Rating Releases
2006 Inside In/Inside Out 5
2008 Konk 10
2011 Junk of the Heart 4

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
2006 Inside In/Inside Out Acoustic Live 2

Single

Year Title Rating Releases
2005 Eddie's Gun 1
2005 Sofa Song 2
2006 You Don't Love Me 2
2006 Naïve 2
2006 She Moves In Her Own Way 1
2007 In My Opinion 1
2008 Always Where I Need to Be (NRK P3 Acoustic Session) 1
2008 Do You Wanna 1
2008 Shine On 1
2008 Sway 1
2009 Stormy Weather 1
2011 Junk of the Heart (Happy) 1

EP

Year Title Rating Releases
2003 Sofa EP 1
2006 Naïve 1
2007 Kooks Exclusive Session 1
2007 She Moves In Her Own Way 1
2008 Always Where I Need to Be 1
2008 Ooh La 1
2008 Shine On 1
2008 iTunes Live from London 1
2011 Junk of the Heart (Happy) EP 1
2014 Down EP 1

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