Rare David Bowie’s Kooks Official Airplay in 45 Years on Radio 2
As well as playing piano on the original recording of Kooks, Rick also played on this alternative version. The track is taken from the rare Hunky Dory era promo album BOWPROMO1, which is being released on 22rd April on limited edition vinyl to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Record Store Day.
BOWPROMO1 was originally pressed in very small quantities in 1971 and features alternate versions of songs that would later be heard on Hunky Dory. It is often referred to as the BOWPROMO white-label album, as its matrix number (BOWPROMO 1A-1/1B-1) was the only way to identify it. The exact number pressed at the time is unknown but is most certainly less than 500.
On the show Rick reveals this is also the first time he has heard this version of Kooks since recording it, and also shares his memories of the sessions at Trident studios and the Trident piano used for the recordings.