Kooks (song)

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

"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 because 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]

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 September 1971 (broadcast on 4 October 1971).


Cover versions[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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