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Inside In / Inside Out
Studio album by
Released23 January 2006
RecordedKonk Studios, 2005
GenreIndie rock, post-punk revival, post-Britpop
ProducerTony Hoffer
The Kooks chronology
Inside In / Inside Out
Singles from Inside In / Inside Out
  1. "Eddie's Gun"
    Released: 11 July 2005
  2. "Sofa Song"
    Released: 17 October 2005
  3. "You Don't Love Me"
    Released: 9 January 2006
  4. "Naïve"
    Released: 27 March 2006
  5. "She Moves in Her Own Way"
    Released: 26 June 2006
  6. "Ooh La"
    Released: 23 October 2006
Inside In / Inside Out Acoustic
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Drowned in Sound8/10[3]
The Guardian4/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[1]
Spin3.5/5 stars[8]
Stylus MagazineD[9]

Inside In / Inside Out is the debut studio album by British indie rock band The Kooks. It was released on 23 January 2006 on Virgin Records. It contains the singles, "Eddie's Gun", "Sofa Song", "You Don't Love Me", "Naïve", "She Moves in Her Own Way", and "Ooh La". The album was produced by Tony Hoffer of record label Virgin Records. Reaching No. 2 in the UK Albums Chart, the album has sold over 2,000,000 copies worldwide since its release.


After they had signed to Virgin Records, The Kooks were reluctant to record an album straight away, stating a desire to focus more on their live performances and songwriting. The band has said embarking on their first live tour instead of recording an album initially helped them develop their style and sound. As Pritchard claimed, "We didn't sit down with a blueprint. We just naturally developed and we didn't try to shape or mould ourselves to anything."[11] As a result, they went into the studio with hundreds of songs from a variety of genres, and it took an "incredible amount of patience" from producer Tony Hoffer to shape the content into what would become the record.[12] Most of the album is written about Katie Melua, whom Kooks lead singer Luke Pritchard dated while at the BRIT School.[13]

Following their first tour supporting The Thrills,[14] The Kooks recorded their debut album, Inside In/Inside Out, at Konk studios in London in 2005.[15]

Chart performance[edit]

Though media attention was dominated by the release of the Arctic Monkeys debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not on the same day, Inside In/Inside Out recorded first week sales of 19,098 and entered the UK Albums Chart at number nine. It would eventually peak at number two for two weeks. It has since been certified 5× Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for sales of over 1,500,000.

In a later interview with NME, Pritchard thanked the Arctic Monkeys for "shielding" The Kooks from the press' scrutiny:

God bless the Arctic Monkeys because if it wasn't for them we wouldn't have been so shielded. We were so overshadowed by the success [of] it (their album) because it was so monster and we crept in behind everybody's back.[16]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Luke Pritchard, Hugh Harris, Max Rafferty and Paul Garred.

2."See the World"2:38
3."Sofa Song"2:13
4."Eddie's Gun"2:13
5."Ooh La"3:28
6."You Don't Love Me"2:35
7."She Moves in Her Own Way"2:49
10."I Want You"3:26
11."If Only"2:01
12."Jackie Big Tits"2:32
13."Time Awaits"5:08
14."Got No Love"3:37
Acoustic edition

Also available is Inside In / Inside Out Acoustic, an acoustic version of the album recorded at live performances at Abbey Road Studios, London and Osaka, Japan using acoustic guitars. The CD contains all of the songs from Inside In/Inside Out except "I Want You", "If Only", and "Got No Love". One song not on the original album, "California", is contained on this version, recorded live in Osaka. The edition is available as a CD from Virgin Records. The acoustic edition was also released as a bonus vinyl LP with the standard LP.

Track listing[edit]

2."See the World"2:38
3."Sofa Song"2:13
4."Eddie's Gun"2:13
5."Ooh La"3:28
6."You Don't Love Me"2:35
7."She Moves in Her Own Way"2:49
10."Jackie Big Tits"2:32
11."Time Awaits"5:08
12."Eddie's Gun"2:13
14."She Moves in Her Own Way"2:49
15."California (Acoustic)"3:14

Tracks 1–11 recorded live at Abbey Road Studios and tracks 12–15 recorded live in Osaka, Japan.


  • Luke Pritchard – lead vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Hugh Harris – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Max Rafferty – bass, backing vocals
  • Paul Garred – drums


Kris Leonard of Viola Beach told Wonderland in January 2016 that Inside In/Inside Out was the first album he bought, at the age of nine. He credited the record with inspiring him to become a musician.[17] Matt Wheelahan of Sydney gave this album a 10, contrary to critics and stated “All wrong”.

Charts and certifications[edit]


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