The Kooks

The Kooks

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Luke Pritchard (vocals/guitar), Hugh Harris (guitar), Max Rafferty (bass), and Paul Garred (drums) met at the Brighton Music College in the mid-2000s and started a indie/garage rock band, influenced by Thin Lizzy, Buzzcocks, The Kinks, The Jam and Supergrass. In January 2006, Inside In/Inside Out, their first album,…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In August, 2007 Luke Pritchard almost got arrested for singing The Beatles. He was at a highly clichéd Munich beer festival when he requested that the house band should sing Yellow Submarine. After trying to climb onstage to join in, security promptly phoned the police.

    • The song 'Do You Wanna' from Konk was played in the Gossip Girl's season finale of May 19, 2008.

    • Much of the Kooks' first album songs are about Luke Pritchard's girlfriend, Katie Melua.

    • The Kooks broke up with their bass player, Max Rafferty, because of his problems with drugs.

    • In 2006, The Kooks won MTV Europe Music Award, in the category Best UK & Ireland Act.

    • Their first album was Inside In/Inside Out, released on January 23, 2006

  • Quotes

    • Luke: We've made a really good album (Konk). I love the idea of people putting it on in their bedrooms, then going mental.

    • Hugh: Music should make you happy. It should change you in some way. That's why our fans are so crazy and committed. There's that connection.

    • (About Konk)
      Luke: The greatest records in the world can be put on in any situation: you can put them on at a party and they're going to sound great, you could put them on in a club and they're going to sound great, you could put them on on your headphones and listen in bed. That's when you get a great album. And that's how I like to think of this album.