The Kooks (UK band)

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The Kooks are a British rock band formed in Brighton, East Sussex, in 2004. The band currently consists of Luke Pritchard (vocals/guitar), Hugh Harris (lead guitar/synth), Alexis Nunez (drums), and Peter Denton (bass guitar). The original bassist was Max Rafferty. 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, ska, and more recently, funk and hip-hop, 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. Their most recent album Listen was released on 8 September 2014 and debuted at No. 16 on the UK Albums Chart.

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2007 Waiting for the Weekend, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2009 War Child: Heroes Various Artists 3
2009 Rhythms del Mundo: Classics Rhythms del Mundo 1
2009 Music For The Road - Vol.2 Various Artists 1
2009 Music for the Road, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2012 Now That's What I Call Chill Various Artists 1

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2006 The Bands 06 Various Artists 1
2006 FM4 Soundselection: 14 Various Artists 1
2006 Can't Buy the Sunshine: Laid Back Alternative Pop Various Artists 1
2006 Rock Open 2006 Various Artists 1
2006 The Acoustic Album Various Artists 1
2006 Now That’s What I Call Music! 64 (UK) Various Artists 2 3
2006 Colours Are Brighter Various Artists 2
2006 BBC Radio 2 Presents the Playlist Various Artists 1
2006 The Ultimate Bands: The Classic Anthems Various Artists 1
2006 Now That's What I Call Music 22 (New Zealand) Various Artists 1
2006 NME Presents: The Essential Bands (2006) Various Artists 2
2006 Les Inrockuptibles présentent : Best Of 2006, les 50 meilleures chansons de l'année Various Artists 3 1
2006 Coastal Chill 07 Various Artists 1
2006 Essential Bands Various Artists 1
2006 Hit Box: The Very Best of 2006 Various Artists 1
2006 Humo's Top 2006 Various Artists 1
2006 Labels 2006 Various Artists 1
2007 BRITs Hits: The Album of the Year 2007 Various Artists 1
2007 L'Album Rock, Volume 4 Various Artists 1
2007 Now Hits & Cool Tracks 1 Various Artists 1
2007 Just Great Songs Various Artists 2
2007 De Afrekening, Volume 41 Various Artists 2
2007 Saturday Sessions: The Dermot O'Leary Show Various Artists 1
2007 Festival 07 Various Artists 1
2007 10 Jahre gute Musik Various Artists 1
2007 The Songs Various Artists 1
2007 Radio 1: Established 1967 Various Artists 1
2007 Big in UK: The Biggest Smash Hits From Great Britain, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2007 Humo's Top 2007 Various Artists 1
2007 KBCO New Music Sampler 2007 Various Artists 1
2007 The Alternative Album, Volume 5 Various Artists 1
2008 NME Awards 2008 Various Artists 1
2008 Top Gear: Anthems 2008: Seriously Hot Driving Music Various Artists 1
2008 The Alternative Album, Volume 6 Various Artists 1
2008 101 Summer Songs Various Artists 1
2008 Now That’s What I Call Music! 70 (UK) Various Artists 3 1
2008 Living for the Weekend Various Artists 1
2008 Radio 1's Live Lounge, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
2008 Q: The Album: 2008 Various Artists 1
2008 Big Shiny Tunes 13 Various Artists 1
2008 100% Bittersweet Melodies Various Artists 1
2008 Humo's Top 2008 Various Artists 1

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