The Kooks

Brighton-formed foursome

The Kooks formed in Brighton in 2004, at the Brighton Institute of Modern Music; they took their name from a track on David Bowie's 1971 album 'Hunky Dory'. After enjoying swift success at a local level, Virgin Records quickly signed The Kooks to their roster - debut album 'Inside In/Inside Out' was released in January 2006, with singles 'You Don't Love Me', 'Naïve', 'She Moves In Her Own Way' and 'Ooh La' all reaching the UK top twenty. In January 2008 the band's original bassist Max Rafferty left the band. He was replaced temporarily by Cat The Dog's Dan Logan before Peter Denton filled the role on a permanent basis. The band returned in 2008 with second album 'Konk', named after the studio where it had been recorded (owned by The Kinks' Ray Davies). The album spawned the singles 'Always Where I Need to Be', 'Shine On' and 'Sway'. A limited-edition version entitled 'Rak' was also released, including a second disc of unreleased songs. Claiming Clash's cover slot twice - issues 17 and 25 - The Kooks are no strangers to these pages. Frontman Luke Pritchard, a graduate of the Brit School of Performing Arts and Technology, has always been the focus of any interview, with talk often turning to his teenage love Katie Melua (a fellow Brits school student), allegedly the inspiration behind a variety of The Kooks' songs. The Kooks have been criticised in some quarters for their wholesome and rather safe image, although Pritchard, in an interview with Clash, freely admits: “I don’t really have that many friends who are girls that I don’t sleep with. I can’t really do that – especially if they’re attractive, I just try it on basically!” The band recently covered The Kinks' 'Victoria' at Ray Davies' request for the 2009 Warchild album, 'Heroes'.


Luke Pritchard , Hugh Harris , Peter Denton , Paul Garred


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