Kooks (song)

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"Kooks"
Song by David Bowie from the album Hunky Dory
Released 17 December 1971
Recorded Trident Studios, London June 1971
Genre Pop rock, folk rock
Length 2:53
Label RCA Records
Writer David Bowie
Producer Ken Scott, David Bowie
Hunky Dory track listing
"Life on Mars?"
(4)
"Kooks"
(5)
"Quicksand"
(6)

"Kooks" is a song written by David Bowie, which appears on his 1971 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 on 30 May 1971 when he got the news of the arrival of his son.[1]

Bowie's son, Duncan Jones, became a successful film and advertising director.

British indie band The Kooks named themselves after the song.

Live versions[edit]

  • Before the studio recording of the song was made, it was recorded for the BBC In Concert radio show with John Peel, on 3 June 1971 (broadcast on 20 June 1971). In 2000 this recording was released on the Bowie at the Beeb album.
  • The song was recorded again for the BBC "Sounds of the Seventies" radio show with Bob Harris on 21 Sept 1971 (broadcast on 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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References[edit]

  1. ^ Kevin Cann (2010). Any Day Now - David Bowie: The London Years: 1947-1974: p.218
  • Pegg, Nicholas, The Complete David Bowie, Reynolds & Hearn Ltd, 2000, ISBN 1-903111-14-5

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