10 facts about The Kooks' Inside In/Inside Out album

23 January 2024, 15:00

The Kooks cover shoot for their Inside In/Inside Out album
The Kooks cover shoot for their Inside In/Inside Out album. Picture: Press
Radio X

By Radio X

We celebrate the band's debut album as it turns 18.

The Kooks' Inside In/Inside Out album is 18 years old.

First released on 23rd January 2006, Inside In/Inside Out featured hit singles such as Ooh La, Naïve and She Moves in Her Own Way and reached No.2 in the UK album charts, going on to sell over 2 million copies ever since.

To celebrate Luke Pritchard and co's debut, we're taking a walk back down memory lane and giving you some gems you may not even know about their favourite tracks.

Think you know all there is to know about Inside In/Inside Out? Get our rundown of 10 little known facts about the debut here.

  1. Seaside started out as a piano ballad

    The Kooks - Seaside

    Perhaps unsurprisingly, this acoustic ode began its life as a piano song.

  2. The opening guitar riff for See The World was inspired by Doctor Who

    via GIPHY

    To be precise, the riff for the song is said to have been inspired by the evil pepper pots and all round Doctor Who baddies Daleks.

  3. Sofa Song was recorded on melodicas lent by The Zutons

    The Kooks - Sofa Song

    When recording Sofa Song, bassist Max Rafferty smashed two melodicas in a fury so Dave McCabe from The Zutons had to lend the band his so they could finish the song

  4. Eddie's Gun is about erectile dysfunction

    The Kooks - Eddie's Gun

    Plus, the original guitar solo in the track - which was completely improvised - was lost forever when Paul Stacey (Oasis, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and the Black Crowes) accidentally recorded over the take.

  5. The video for She Moves In Her Own Way was a debauched road trip from LA to Tijuana

    The Kooks - She Moves In Her Own Way

    The road trip resulted in Kooks' bassist Max Rafferty losing his passport and armed border police holding the band at gunpoint.

  6. Matchbox is about a night out with 80s Matchbox B-Line Disaster

    Eighties matchbox b-line disaster play at the Beach club. halloween 2006
    Eighties matchbox b-line disaster play at the Beach club. halloween 2006. Picture: PYMCA/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

    The night out with the fellow Brighton band saw them create a game which involved walking on and over (instead of around) any cars that presented themselves in the road.

  7. Naive was originally titled Naive (1.618)

    The Kooks - Naive

    Their famous single previously referenced the 'golden ratio' which is also known as the golden number, the golden proportion or the divine proportion. It is a ratio between two numbers that equals approximately 1.618.

  8. If Only was inspired by the Sister Slegde classic

    Sister Sledge - Thinking Of You

    According to reports, the chorus chords for the track If Only were inspired by the band's 1984 hit, I'm Thinking Of You, which was written and produced by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards.

  9. The song Jackie Big Tits was about a character in the film Sexy Beast, played by Julianne White

    Amanda Redman and Julianne White in Sexy Beast
    Amanda Redman and Julianne White in Sexy Beast. Picture: Moviestore/Shutterstock

    The story goes that Frontman Luke had a huge altercation with Julianne White, who played the character Jackie in the film, while watching a concert in Amsterdam.

  10. The double dip fade out at the end of Time Awaits was originally a joke

    Yes, that fade out on the track was first made as a joke made during a desk mix.

QUIZ: Do you know the lyrics to The Kooks Naïve?