Sunday 1 February 2009

Band: The Kooks

Well, The Kooks were certainly the most played band in my collection this week ( says 187 plays). This is one of those surprising bands where you don't really realise how much you like them until you take a listen to their albums and realise you know every single song already!

The Kooks have been the darlings of Xfm for some time now (which will certainly account for me knowing all of their songs as Xfm do tend to overplay the bands they support). However, it was only when I heard their latest single "Sway" that I started to pay real attention to their music.

The song was written about their former bass player Max who had to leave the band because of his problems with drugs. If you have ever had any encounters with addicts or addiction then you'll know that the message of the song is spot on: take your time, look after yourself, do what you need to do - I will be here when you get better.

I can't really recommend one album over the other but if I had to choose, I would say that their second album Konk is slightly better. My favourite song on their first album is "I Want You" and I've just about played it to death over the past couple of weeks, alternating only with "Sway" of course. The Kooks represent the finest that indie rock has to offer at the moment and you can listen to previews of their tracks with Amazon's neat little mp3 widgets:

Or you can visit them on MySpace, or their website.



  1. Okay, you have got me good. I've just played "Sway" for the fifth time Guh. And then I went searching the Net for pics of Paul...*double guh* So pretty! Thank you for the rec, I love having new stuff to listen to.

  2. V! I am so glad you liked it! What other type of music do you listen to?

  3. I listen to lots of different stuff, but let's see, for lately what I've been into: Plain White Ts, Metro Station, Keane, The Killers, The Strokes, Justin Timberlake, Sarah Bareilles, Duran Duran, Fall Out Boy and Panic at the Disco. :)

    And now The Kooks. *G*

  4. V - I haven't heard of a couple of those! I'm off to to investigate Plain White Ts, Metro Station and Sarah Bareilles now.

  5. My niece introduced me to Metro Station and Plain White Ts--though I'd heard of the latter because they're from my hometown Chicago. Metro Station is pure pop fluff by really young guys, but it is impossible to be depressed when listening to them--whenever I'm having a tough day I just pop it in and it cheers me up...heh.

    Sarah Bareilles opened for Duran Duran at a concert we went to last year--she just blew the doors off of the place with her incredible voice and keyboard playing. The album doesn't even do her justice, but it's enough to make me remember the experience of seeing her live! :)

  6. @ V: It is amazing when an artist is that good and you know it is pure talent not studio finetuning!


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