I’d love to be one of those people who can say they don’t have any regrets in life, but that will never be the case for at least three reasons:
1. I got into Radiohead too late to see them touring The Bends album.
2. I missed Oasis at their 1996 peak at Knebworth and Loch Lomond.
3. I scored an own goal in a Scottish under-13 schoolboy cup final.
Also on my black list of rue, albeit a good few places further down, is the fact that Inside In/ Inside Out – THE KOOKS’ sun-drenched debut album – only became a Pop Cop favourite after they had outgrown Scotland’s best small venue, King Tut’s. Even worse was the fact that they followed it up this year with the dire Konk, pretty much ending any real desire to see them play in the flesh.
But July 11, 2008 will be remembered as the day The Kooks returned to King Tut’s and, better still, blitzed through the highlights of their first album during the opening 45 minutes.
We may never know whether that crowd who stood in the same venue two-and-a-half years ago was also full of screaming girls and blokes holding aloft mobile phones rather than pint glasses. But what we do know is that this gig was a warm-up for T in the Park, and you can now consider both The Kooks and The Pop Cop ready.
4 The Kooks – Naive
4 The Kooks – Eddie’s Gun