The Kooks (UK band)

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The Kooks are an English indie rock band formed in 2004 in Brighton. The band currently consists of Luke Pritchard (vocals/rhythm guitar), Hugh Harris (lead guitar/synthesizer) and Alexis Nunez (drums). The original bassist was Max Rafferty, and the founding drummer was Paul Garred. The lineup of the band remained constant until the departure of Rafferty in 2008. Dan Logan served as a temporary replacement, then Peter Denton joined the band permanently in October 2008 until they announced he was no longer playing with them in January 2019. 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. Garred finally left in November 2011 after the release of their third album, Junk of the Heart.

In 2012, the band was accompanied on drums by Robden Alexis Nunez (from Golden Silvers), who eventually joined the band full-time.

Their music is primarily influenced by the 1960s British Invasion movement and post-punk revival of the new millennium. 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 fourth album Listen was released on 8 September 2014. Their most recent album Let’s Go Sunshine was released on 2 September 2018 and peaked at No.9 on the UK Albums Chart.

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Year Title RatingReleases
2006 Inside In/Inside Out 3 7
2008 Konk 4 10
2011 Junk of the Heart 4
2014 Listen 4 7
2018 Let’s Go Sunshine 6

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
2017 The Best of… So Far 2

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2006 Inside In/Inside Out Acoustic 3

Album + Remix

Year Title RatingReleases
2015 Hello, What's Your Name? 2


Year Title RatingReleases
2005 Eddie's Gun 3
2005 Sofa Song 3
2006 You Don't Love Me 5
2006 Naïve 5
2007 In My Opinion 1
2008 Always Where I Need to Be 5
2008 Shine On 4
2008 Sway 2
2009 Stormy Weather 1
2014 Around Town 1
2015 Creatures of Habit 1
2017 Be Who You Are 1

Single + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2006 She Moves in Her Own Way (live @ the Astoria) 1

Single + Remix

Year Title RatingReleases
2017 Naive (The Him remix) 1


Year Title RatingReleases
2003 Sofa EP 1
2005 Sofa Song 1
2006 Ooh La 2
2006 Eddie's Gun 1
2007 Kooks Exclusive Session 1
2007 She Moves In Her Own Way 1
2008 Do You Wanna 2
2008 Sway 1
2008 Another Side To Konk 1
2011 Junk of the Heart (Happy) 2
2014 Forgive & Forget 2
2014 Down 1

EP + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2008 iTunes Live From London 1

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