Kooks (song)

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Song by David Bowie from the album Hunky Dory
Released 17 December 1971
Recorded Trident Studios, London June 1971
Genre Pop rock, Glam rock
Length 2:53
Label RCA Records
Writer David Bowie
Producer Ken Scott, David Bowie
Hunky Dory track listing
"Life on Mars?"

"Kooks" is a song written by David Bowie from 1971 on the album Hunky Dory. Bowie wrote this song to his newborn son Duncan Jones. The song was a pastiche of early 1970s Neil Young.[citation needed] Bowie was listening to a Neil Young record at home as he got the news of the arrival of his son. British indie band The Kooks named themselves after the song. Duncan Jones became a successful film and advertising director.

Live versions[edit]

  • It was recorded for the BBC In Concert radio show with John Peel 3 June 1971 and broadcast 20 June 1971. In 2000 this was released on the Bowie at the Beeb album.
  • It was recorded again for the BBC "Sounds of the Seventies" radio show with Bob Harris 21 Sept 1971 and broadcast 4 Oct 1971. This version, featuring the duo of Bowie & Mick Ronson, remains unreleased.

Cover versions[edit]

17 second sample from David Bowie's "Kooks".

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  • Pegg, Nicholas, The Complete David Bowie, Reynolds & Hearn Ltd, 2000, ISBN 1-903111-14-5

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