Song written by David Bowie to his newborn son Duncan Jones.

David Bowie version

Bowie recorded the song on his 1971 album 'Hunky Dory'. It was a pastiche of early Seventies Neil Young, as he was listening to a Neil Young record at home as he got the news of the arrival of his son.

Kim Wilde version

Kim Wilde recorded a cover of 'Kooks' for her 2011 album Snapshots as a duet with her husband Hal Fowler.


There are two versions of 'Kooks': the album version and the rough demo mix from the promotional cd of 'Snapshots'.

Kim about 'Kooks'

In 1971 I was 11 years old, and one of the best things about my life at that time was my parents' record collection. There's amazing albums in there, I mean my mum had all the really iconic women like Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield and then my father, you know he had all the rock 'n' roll stuff, of course, he had quite a lot of classical music, he had things like 'Tommy', which would go on to become a very important album for me, and one of the albums I loved most of all was 'Hunky Dory' by David Bowie. I used to really love every song on that, especially 'Life on Mars', which was so incredible. An incredible song that really got my imagination going as an 11-year-old. But one of the songs on the album's called 'Kooks'. I was really touched by that song because it was a song that Bowie had written for his son. Bowie didn't look like the kind of guy that would be writing lullabies to children at the time. But for me, I really connected with the song very strongly, so for the 'Snapshots' album I thought 'Wouldn't it be great to do that with my husband Hal', my husband has got a beautiful voice, and he sings all the time in the West End, We hadn't sung together ever, to be recorded that is, we sung together at home but not recorded together. So it was a really special day, I'm really chuffed he's on the album but not as chuffed as he is, he's over the moon about it. Which is really sweet. So you know, maybe we should do some more! (1)


Bass guitar: Ricky Wilde
Guitars: Ricky Wilde
Keyboards: Ricky Wilde
Additional vocals by Kim Wilde & Hal Fowler
Produced by Ricky Wilde
Vocal production by Ricky Wilde

Interview source

(1) Track by track commentary, Sony Music, 2011.