The Kooks kick off Oxjam season with classic covers

Jarvis Cocker and Remi Nicole also perform

The Kooks kicked off a series of Oxfam gigs in London tonight (October 1) with an acoustic show peppered with covers and new songs.

Singer Luke Pritchard teamed up with fellow Kook Hugh Harris in the basement of the charity’s store in Dalston for a 50 minute improvised set which saw the duo play two new songs – ‘Oil’ and ‘Sway’ – plus Velvet Underground classic ‘Sweet Jane’ and Bob Dylan‘s ‘Tangled Up In Blue’.

The band also played a host of crowd favourites from their debut album ‘Inside In/Inside Out’ which saw fans singing along to the likes of ‘Seaside’, ‘Naive’ and ‘Ooh La’.

At one point a member of the audience shouted out a request for ‘Jackie Big Tits’ which Pritchard agreed to perform before he joked afterwards: “I have played that song at a thousand festivals and I still don’t know the fucking chords.”

The pair threw out further requests before Pritchard spotted Brighton folk singer Nat Jenkins in the crowd who he invited to sing and play ‘Sweet Jane’ and ‘Tangled Up In Blue’.

The band rounded of their set by inviting Remi Nicole onstage to sing with them on hit single ‘She Moves In Her Own Way’.

Speaking about the event entitled Oxjam, Pritchard told NME.COM: “The whole concept of this being for charity is irrelevant. Its to raise awareness and get anyone who plays an instrument to do something. If every single fucker out there is doing that around the country and talking about stamping out poverty then we’re making a difference and not just chucking money at a situation. “

The Kooks played:

‘Seaside’

‘Ooh La’

‘See The World’

‘Sway’

‘Jackie Big Tits’

‘Oil’

‘Naive

‘By Your Side’

‘Always Where I Need You’

‘Sweet Jane’

‘Tangled Up In Blue’

‘She Moves In Her Own Way’

Earlier Jarvis Cocker put on a special DJ set of songs he’d purchased from charity shops over the years including Adam And The Ants’ ‘Dog Eat Dog’, The Specials’ ‘Man At C&A’, The Stranglers’ ‘Nice ‘N’ Sleazy’ plus tracks by Led Zeppelin, Rolf Harris and ‘The Kooks’ by David Bowie, which Cocker dedicated to the Brighton band before they arrived onstage.

“I’ve never done anything creative in an Oxfam shop before but it was really good,” said Cocker. “I could never imagine it turning into a fully fledged rave with people waving their arms in the air. But it was nice to inflict some right tripe on the audience and play in the natural habitat where a lot of the records came from.”

Remi Nicole also played a short set made of songs from her forthcoming debut ‘My Consciene & I’ including recent single ‘Go Mr Sunshine’ and ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll’

Roping in the audience into backing vocals on ‘Go With The Flow’ she told the crowd: “This Oxjam is about everyone getting involved. Will you sing along with me to this next one? Will you because if you don’t I’ll look silly otherwise.”

“Its nice to do something like this for another reason than just playing a gig,” explained Nicole before the gig. “I went to this last year and I really enjoyed it. That’s why I signed up. When you do gigs normally its to futher your career so its quite nice to feel that you’re not being selfish and you’re actually doing something worthwhile.”

The Oxjam season continues tomorrow (October 2) with Jamelia, Killa Kella and Mattafix.