Konk (album)

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Konk
Studio album by The Kooks
Released 11 April 2008
Recorded 2007 in Konk Studios
Genre Indie rock
Length 43:47
Label Virgin Records
Producer Tony Hoffer
The Kooks chronology
Inside In/Inside Out
(2006)
Konk
(2008)
Junk of the Heart
(2011)
RAK
The cover of the bonus album RAK.
Singles from Konk
  1. "Always Where I Need to Be"
    Released: 31 March 2008
  2. "Shine On"
    Released: 7 July 2008
  3. "Sway"
    Released: 13 October 2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
BBC (Mixed) [2]
Digital Spy 2/5 stars [3]
Drowned in Sound (1/10) [4]
NME (5/10) [5]
Pitchfork Media (4.9/10) [6]
Spin 3/5 stars [7]
The Times 3/5 stars [8]
The Independent 4/5 stars [9]
The Guardian 4/5 stars [10]

Konk is the second album by British indie rock band The Kooks, released on 14 April 2008 on Virgin Records. Produced by Tony Hoffer, the album is named after the London studio where it was recorded, which is the property of Ray Davies.[11] It was also released in a double disc version featuring a second CD, entitled RAK, which includes seven new songs not included on the album, an alternate version of the album track "See the Sun", recorded at RAK recording studios,[12] and a demo track called "Brooklyn." This was the last album to feature original bassist Max Rafferty, who was fired from the band on 31 January 2008. The special edition RAK features the same album cover, apart from the blue 'Konk' sign being red.[13] The album cover and name refer to the Konk recording studios in Crouch End, London which is owned and operated by The Kinks.

On 14 March 2008, the album was leaked on the Internet, one month prior to its release date.

"Mr. Maker" was heard on the Grownups episode "Winks", "Do You Wanna" was featured on The CW's Gossip Girl In the 18 episode of Season 1, "Much I 'Do' about anything, while "Love It All" was featured on the Chuck episode "Chuck Versus the Seduction". "Always Where I Need to Be", "See the Sun", "Love It All", "Shine On" and "Mr. Maker" have all been featured in the fourth series of the BBC 1 drama Waterloo Road. "Shine On" has been used on a variety of commercials as well.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Luke Pritchard, except as noted. 

Konk CDV3043
No. Title Length
1. "See the Sun" (Paul Garred, Pritchard) 3:36
2. "Always Where I Need to Be"   2:41
3. "Mr. Maker"   3:00
4. "Do You Wanna"   4:06
5. "Gap" (Garred, Hugh Harris, Pritchard) 4:00
6. "Love It All" (Max Rafferty) 2:50
7. "Stormy Weather"   4:01
8. "Sway"   3:36
9. "Shine On"   3:14
10. "Down to the Market"   2:27
11. "One Last Time"   2:38
12. "Tick of Time"   4:25
13. "All Over Town" (hidden track) 3:14
iTunes Bonus Tracks
No. Title Length
14. "Bad Taste in My Mouth" (iTunes bonus track) 3:27
15. "Vicious" (iTunes pre-order bonus track) 3:23


RAK CDVX3043
No. Title Length
1. "Watching the Ships Roll In"   3:21
2. "Eaten By Your Lover" (Garred) 1:05
3. "No Longer" (Harris) 3:44
4. "Fa La La" (Harris) 3:01
5. "Nothing Ever Changes" (Garred, Pritchard) 2:15
6. "By My Side" (Harris) 2:47
7. "Hatful of Love"   3:32
8. "See the Sun (Alternate Version)" (Garred, Pritchard) 2:03
9. "Brooklyn (Home Demo)"   2:25

Release history[edit]

Country Date
Europe 11 April 2008
United Kingdom 14 April 2008
United States 15 April 2008

Charts[edit]

Charts (2008) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart 8
Austrian Albums Chart 6
Belgian Albums Chart 4
Canadian Albums Chart 15
Dutch Albums Chart 7
European Albums Chart 4
French Albums Chart 20
German Albums Chart 6
Italian Albums Chart 24
Irish Albums Chart 2
New Zealand Albums Chart 12
Norwegian Albums Chart 27
Swedish Albums Chart 32
Swiss Albums Chart 9
UK Albums Chart 1
U.S. Billboard 200 41
U.S. Billboard Comprehensive Albums 42
U.S. Top Modern Rock/Alternative Albums 10
U.S. Top Rock Albums 12
U.S. Top Digital Albums 43
Preceded by
Rockferry by Duffy
UK Album Chart number-one album
20 April 2008 – 26 April 2008
Succeeded by
The Age of the Understatement by The Last Shadow Puppets

References[edit]

  1. ^ Konk (album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Music - Review of The Kooks - Konk". BBC. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  3. ^ Published Friday, Apr 18 2008, 09:00 BST (2008-04-18). "The Kooks: 'Konk' - Music Album Review". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "NME Album Reviews - The Kooks". Nme.Com. 2008-04-11. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ "The Kooks, 'Konk' (Astralwerks)". SPIN. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  8. ^ Post. "The Times | UK News, World News and Opinion". Entertainment.timesonline.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  9. ^ Andy Gill (2008-04-11). "Album: The Kooks, Konk (Virgin) - Reviews - Music". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  10. ^ Betty Clarke (11 April 2008). "CD: The Kooks, Konk | Music | The Guardian". London: Music.guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  11. ^ "'Konk' is due out this spring". NME. 2007-12-11. Retrieved 2007-12-18. 
  12. ^ The Kooks to release two albums in one day | News | NME.COM
  13. ^ Play.com (UK) : The Kooks - Konk (2CD) : CD - Free Delivery