The Kooks are gearing up to celebrate the fact that they’ve been a band for more than 10 years, announcing today that they will be releasing a collection of their greatest hits this May. Titled The Best of… So Far, it’s clear that this compilation is meant more as mile-marker than destination, an idea backed up by singer Luke Pritchard, who stated in a press release, “It’s been the greatest pleasure to work, travel, fight, hate and love the best and most talented people I’ve met in my life. It’s the greatest job in the world and we don’t intend to stop any time soon.”
"…Everything about this album shouts masterpiece, a set that will thrill listeners for years, nay decades, to come. "~allmusicguide 4,5/5
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. 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,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.The album cover and name refer to the Konk recording studios in Crouch End, London which is owned and operated by The Kinks.