- 30 Aug 18
From chart stars to media punchbags, The Kooks have had a ding-dong career. As they prepare to play EP, frontman Luke Pritchard talks about the highs and lows in the band’s history and why Brexit has given him plenty to write about.
Luke Pritchard had just turned 22 when his band, The Kooks, played Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage. It was 2007 and the indie rascals had second billing, below The Killers. The screams that erupted as they lolloped through their biggest hit, ‘She Moves In Her Own Way’, were predictably deafening. But Pritchard was so epically lubricated he can hardly remember.
“We did a good show,” he says of the performance. “But I was drunk because I was nervous. I was in my early twenties and had done a handful of festivals. All of a sudden we were doing a show in front of 80 or 90,000 people.”
The Kooks could easily have served as a cautionary tale to young rockers whose dreams come true too quickly. They became famous overnight, courtesy of ‘She Moves In Her On Way’ and the accompanying 2006 album Inside In/Inside Out. Not only was the song wistfully catchy – it was also ripped straight from the gossip pages, inspired, as it was, by Prichard’s unhappy break-up from singer Katie Melua.
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