The first review of this blog centers around one of the most predominate artists on the original 85 track edu[music]ation soundtrack: The Kooks. With an impressive 29 songs on the playlist, I don’t think I held back any song, cover, mashup, or remix from my library onto the playlist. One of my favorite bands I came across in 2008, they get the honor of the first review.
The Kooks first rang in my ears on the great San Diego radio station FM94.9 with their recommended single “Naive.” This upbeat, indie-alternative-pop fusion quickly infects you, and you can’t help but listen intuitvely. The single propelled them tot he top of the charts in the UK, and additionally selling out their tour shows in LA and NY. Subsequently, in 2006 after the release of their album Inside In/Inside Out, they won numerous awards. Following their debut album, they released Konk in 2008 setting them into the number one position in the UK charts.
Besides their own sound, drawing from a number of influences and blending well into the indie-alternative scene with slight pop influences, The Kooks have dropped a number of original covers. Their outstanding covers include Gnarles Barkley’s “Crazy,” Coldyplay’s “Violet Hill,” MGMT’s “Kids,” and Peter Bjorn and John’s “Young Folks.” All of these songs are great on their own, and when covered by the Kooks take on a new life. Even Ace of Bases’ “All That She Wants” gets revived when The Kooks cover it. Undoubtedly you’ve heard many of their songs in recent television commercials. Particularly “Shine On” seems to dominate many of the ads.
So without further ado, I give you your first edu[music]ation lesson on: The Kooks.
The Kooks-Crazy (Gnarles Barkley Cover)
The Kooks-Young Folks (Peter Bjorn and John Cover)