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|Born||15 December 1973|
|Instruments||Trumpet, French horn, electric guitar, bass guitar|
|Associated acts||Belle & Sebastian|
Cooke was a founding member of Belle & Sebastian, although he did not officially join until their third album (he was prevented from doing so because his other band, Hardbody, was under contract with Sony). Whilst he was known to sing at some concerts (including a rendition of "This Guy's In Love With You"), the only official Belle & Sebastian release with Cooke on lead vocals is "The Monkeys Are Breaking Out of The Zoo", from the charity compilation Colours Are Brighter.
Cooke also plays in the ska band The Amphetameanies and appeared on the 2007 Idlewild album, Make Another World. He has worked as an arranger for artists such as Franz Ferdinand, Phil Cunningham[disambiguation needed], and Jason Donovan. He is said to have had an influence on other Scottish based bands, including Franz Ferdinand (who incidentally were given a bass guitar by Mick, leading to the formation of the band), whose members appeared in Belle & Sebastian's enigmatic early promotional photographs.
Cooke now composes music for films, theatre, and animations. He worked as composer on CBeebies "Boj"  and on "Zack and Quack" for NickJr  His theatre work includes the score for Cannibal Women Of Mars which played at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow in 2013.
- Taylor, Luke (2013) "Interview: Mick Cooke (formerly) of Belle & Sebastian", The Current, 11 December 2013. Retrieved 3 March 2015
- Fisher, Mark (2013) "Belle and Sebastian’s Mick Cooke on scoring Cannibal Women of Mars", The Scotsman, 30 June 2013. Retrieved 16 November 2013