|Song by David Bowie|
|from the album Hunky Dory|
|Released||17 December 1971|
|Recorded||Trident Studios, London, summer 1971|
|Genre||Pop rock, folk rock|
|Producer(s)||Ken Scott, David Bowie|
"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.
British indie band The Kooks named themselves after the song.
- 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).
- David Bowie: vocals, acoustic guitar
- Trevor Bolder: bass guitar, trumpet
- Rick Wakeman: piano
- Mick Ronson: string arrangement
- Mick Woodmansey: drums
- Robbie Williams - Bonus track on "Old Before I Die" single
- Danny Wilson - Single
- Tindersticks - Bowie Songbook
- Kim Wilde - Snapshots, 2011
- Elizabeth Mitchell - Blue Clouds, 2012
- The Smashing Pumpkins - performed the song live in 1993 with James Iha on lead vocals
- Madness - performed the song live in 2016 during their Glastonbury set
- Kevin Cann (2010). Any Day Now - David Bowie: The London Years: 1947-1974: p.218