31 December 2012

Happy New Year

Kooky Records logoWishing you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2013 from Kooky Towers. This new year will bring us all lots of new and exciting music and we have plenty planned to whet the appetite.

Lots of vinyl,compact discs and mp3 for the lover of wholesome digital compression.

Thanks for all your support.

Phil Kooky Cleaver NMN

Fado to Grado (headphones sold)

A very big thank you to one of Vini's Norwegian followers for buying the Grado headphones - the support means a lot to him and is greatly appreciated.

16 November 2012

Record Store Day 2013

A Paean To WilsonHello all.

We are thrilled to announce that the critically acclaimed album A Paean to Wilson by The Durutti Column is to be given a special limited vinyl release to coincide with Record Store Day next spring.

It will be a double vinyl release which will include some artefacts from its Manchester International Festival launch in July 2009. More information to follow as it becomes available.

03 November 2012


Joe Whitney/Plaza split 7Plaza was a three-piece of the most ambitious nature.

It was just great pop music and Kooky fell in love with it. Parting with £75.00, and to quote Steve Lamacq, Breathing Space was recorded at Nigel from Dodgy's lavish home studio in his shed.

Fast forward to 2000 and from here three became two...

It's Jo and Danny was the brainchild of Jo Bartlett and Danny Hagan released their debut album Lank Haired Girl to Bearded Boy on their own Double Snazzy label. Rave reviews and daytime national radio play led to a worldwide recording contract with RCA.

In 2003, they founded the now well-established Green Man Festival in the Brecon Beacons in Wales.

Kooky Catalogue

Joe Whitney/Plaza split 7" single



Joe Whitney

Joe Whitney/Plaza split 7Joe Whitney was recommended to us Mick Harrison of Prolapse aka Ears go fff... He was the very distinctive drummer for The Flaming Stars, and his two solo tracks follow the dark 60's garage sounds.

Believing (foolishly) that artists are the best at promoting themselves we used to ask for assistance in PR. Joe dictated the strangest press release to us about denouncing the catholic faith at an early age.

The split single launch with Plaza was arranged at the Hope and Anchor. Joe called in favours, including another drummer Colm Ó Cíosóig (My Bloody Valentine) to perform to the "crowd" of forty or so.

Kooky Catalogue

Joe Whitney/Plaza split 7" single



[Smooth] Operator

[Smooth] Operator - 'Gmmena' CD mini albumFinland's Tapani Pälli is a Commodore 64-loving musician who even used a computer program to generate random song titles.

Pioneering electronic music that we loved a 1000 CDs were pressed in 2000 of his debut album the randomly, computer generated gmmena.

Kooky Catalogue

[Smooth] Operator - Gmmena




Unisex/Good Morning Canada split 7Stephen Lawrie and Jo Doran of Unisex were more commonly known as one half of The Telescopes.

Rising, phoenix-like, from their ashes TV Cowboy was a raucous punk/new-wave driven, bubblegum sweet pop.

Kooky Catalogue

Unisex/Good Morning Canada split 7" single



08 October 2012

Chronicle by The Durutti Column

Chronicle - The Durutti Column'Chronicle', the partly-autobiographical album by The Durutti Column, is to be officially released on Kooky.

Whilst it was first commissioned for a performance in 2011 at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, the album will now finally see the light of day early 2013; something we are all so pleased about. It will be available in special packaging containing personal images from the artist's camera and photographic collection.

It was and still is a very difficult time physically mentally and emotionally for Vini Reilly; reflected in the compositions.

More details will follow shortly...

08 September 2012


L'augmentation were for the largest part of the shortest history...

Angela Cross - Drums, Flute, Accordion
Lisa Sellick - Trumpet, Vocals
Jim Smith - Bass
Simon Vincent - Keyboards, Vocals


They sent us a great little cassette...

Moseley has always been home to an interesting collection of Brum's musicians and they did not disappoint.

Formed from the 'bones' of the notorious band Dog Food among others, they were a mix of Parisian Film Noir and Sixties Beat... Their tape for life lived at 24 frames per second – as below!!! They called us up to go over mastering during the first half of and England World Cup qualifier; they were heavy thinkers and still are very principled and particular folk.

We were so so excited to get a Maida Vale Session with Peel in 1997... I remember recording it on cassette, the new song 'Sundrenched' gave us some real excitement for single number three - if it wasn't for...

John Peel (describing and introducing the band): "L'augmentation say our songs have a pop heart not without mood swings continental sound tracks for life lived at twenty four frames per second."

John Peel to band: "Did you really say that? (chuckling) Did you hear what I was saying? He can't... He can't hear me!?"

Simon Vincent: "I can..."

John Peel: "Oh you can.. Ok... Did you really say that L'augmentation say our songs have a pop heart not without mood swings continental sound tracks for life lived at twenty four frames per second."

Simon Vincent: "One of us did..."

John Peel: "Oh right but none of you are going to own up to it..."

Simon Vincent: "I have my suspicions."

John Peel: "Oh alright well, we don't want you breaking up under musical differences or quote differences... Or sound bite differences."

Simon Vincent: "It's already happened."


07 September 2012


SeafoodFormed in 1996, their second single was a one-off for Kooky in 1998 ['Psychic Rainy Nights' kookydisc005] which the NME described as "Sweeping guitar fuzz and enough hooks to raise the Titanic".

We liked them so much they came back for a guest appearance on our 'Once Upon A Time A Kooky' 10-year celebration compilation. We liked their artwork too as they were no slouches in that department either. Indeed, the band all exhibited their individual artwork at the annual Royal Academy postcard exhibition.

Seafood continued until 2009 on other labels including Fierce Panda and Cooking Vinyl before calling it a day.

Kooky Catalogue

Once Upon A Time A Kooky [kookydisc 24]
Psychic Rainy Nights [kookydisc 005]



06 September 2012


Cody - Dark BlueCalling themselves "a neat shoegazing drum'n'bass technopop miracle whip", Cody originated in Oxford as a 6-piece before shedding two members and releasing the 'Dark Blue' single on Kooky ("Northampton's home of the avant-garde") which Nightshift's Sue Foreman said is "resolutely lo-fi, pulsing and quivering along on a bolshy beat with Joe Boulter singing like an anaemic Phil Oakey while synthetic flutes and Cocteaus guitars chime merrily in the background". We liked it too.

Kooky Catalogue

Dark Blue



05 September 2012


Pram from Birmingham released one single on Kooky - 'The Last Astronaut'. This was a 7-inch in a limited edition of 2,000 copies on black vinyl, the first 150 of which are in numbered 'eagle-eye' sleeves. The video is rather spiffing and here it is:

"Birmingham's Pram craft fairytales from concrete reality."

- extract from Domino Records biography

Kooky Catalogue

Once Upon A Time A Kooky
Pram - The Last Astronaut


Official website
Domino Records

30 August 2012


Topper play an instore gig at HMV in CardiffBand from North Wales who recorded one single for Kooky in 1998.

Kooky Catalogue

Cwpan Men Dwr [Kookydisc009]


Cwpan Men Dwr - YouTube video


27 August 2012

Mark Tranmer (Gnac)

Mark Tranmer - Scoop of Ice Cream MoonMark records mainly as Gnac and he is also known for his work with The Montgolfier Brothers (alongside Roger Quigley).

Kookywise, first there was Gnac's 'A Tangle With' (Kookydisc007) which was a limited edition single with 750 copies on black vinyl and 250 copies on racing green vinyl

Then, 2004's 'Scoop Of Ice Cream Moon' (Kookydisc017) was released in Mark's own name.

'Scoop of Ice Cream Moon' has been digitally remastered [->] with 5 extra tracks via Vespertine (and now credited to Gnac) plus Mark has a new album out 1 October (but available to pre-order in a special edition now) on Vertical Features called 'How Scarlet The Leaves [->]'.


Mark Tranmer - Scoop of Ice Cream Moon

Gnac - A Tangle With...


Mark Tranmer - Smile Like June



26 August 2012

Kooky Records Shop

The new Shop is here and presents in one handy place all the catalogue that items that remain on sale. Sadly that doesn't include any of our early output but you can get your hands on several great releases by The Durutti Column, The Retro Spankees, New Buffalo and The Parks Dept.

23 August 2012

Welcome to Kooky v3.0

We've been busy (so much so it has taken us 2 or 3 years to decide what we want to do) with a reshuffle of the Kooky pack and the results are now here for all to see.

We've stripped the site back to its bare essentials, ditched the dodgy wallpaper and added in a few discreet bells and whistles. And it will work on your mobile.

Oh and we have a new release out, the excellent 'Further Excursions Into The Ulu With Dollboy' by Dollboy which is available to buy now with Paypal for a bargain £8.00 inc Worldwide P&P.

We hope you like our new direction.

Dollboy - Further Excursions into The ULU with Dollboy

Kookydisc 32


1. All Of The Stars Part 1
2. Seven Again Or Dust
3. Alice In Clear Water
4. HellicopterMicrobes
5. The Ventriloquist
6. Love Your Mother
7. Arctic Winter
8. Friendly Borders
9. No Trubba!
10. A Golden Age
11. The Sun Will Rise
12. All Of The Stars Part 2

Released 20 August 2012


Drowned In Sound

Further Excursions into The ULU with Dollboy is available to buy via Cargo.

New Buffalo

New BuffaloAustralian singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Sally Seltman recorded as New Buffalo from 2000 to 2009. Her first album 'The Last Beautiful Day' was released on Kooky in 2004.

Kooky Catalogue

The Last Beautiful Day


Official site

The Durutti Column

The Durutti Column - Four Factory Records"The Durutti Column featuring Vini Reilly, a classically-trained pianist and virtuoso guitarist, took their name from Spanish revolutionary Buenaventura Durruti and the cartoon of Two Situationist Cowboys in the comic Le Retour De La Colonne Durutti (1966). Centred around Reilly, the then five-piece band recorded two tracks for FAC-2 A Factory Sample, the first ever music release on Factory Records. Vini, not happy with the band or the punk-styled recording, then walked out because it was "complete and total rubbish". Alan and Tony persuaded Vini to return, saying "you are The Durutti Column" and the rest is history.

"To this day, The Durutti Column is still essentially Vini Reilly. But whilst he is the constant, legendary Manchester musician, nay institution, Bruce Mitchell (ex-Alberto Y Trios Lost Paranoias) has been the drummer since the seminal album LC (1981). A succession of other guests has augmented the line-up over the years, notably John Metcalfe (The Duke Quartet), Tim Kellett (Olive, Simply Red) and Keir Stewart (Durutti producer and more since 1997)."

-- extract of biography from thedurutticolumn.com

Kooky Shop

Kooky Catalogue

The Durutti Column Subscription Group

This was a subscription-only service available to everyone and was unlimited but unavailable in the shops. Please note that these albums are no longer available.

Faith (The Durutti Column Subscription Service CD 2004)
The Second Durutti Column Subscription Service CD



The Retro Spankees

The Retro Spankees"Hyperactive racket from four reject space cadets out to prove they have nothing to prove"

-- Twitter

The Retro Spankees released their debut album I Know You Are But What Am I? on Kooky Records in March 2006, on both CD and limited edition 12" vinyl formats.

Kooky Catalogue

Vowel Play
I Know You Are But What Am I?
My Sonic Driver


Official site

The Parks Dept

The Parks Dept.Musician/Producer Luke Farmer first came to prominence on the music scene in 2001 as one quarter of indie-rock band Kapowski. After 5 years of touring and a release with Fierce Panda, a change of direction was required. Having always been involved with the production side of Kapowski, there had always been an interest in electronics and sound engineering.

"The development of The Parks Dept. had in a way already begun before I realised, because I'd been producing my own music at home which always had a natural leaning towards other influences such as electronica and electro house".

The Parks Dept. sound has been favourably compared to LCD Soundsystem, Joy Division and Daft Punk although Luke's musical influences come from less obvious reference points such as Lightning Bolt and Belle & Sebastian.

The Weekend Starts Round Here' E.P. was the debut release written and recorded during 2007 and released in June 2008. The debut album 'No/Noise' was released on Kooky in January 2010 and is still available via the Kooky Buy it Now button and iTunes [UK].

Kooky Catalogue

No / Noise
The Weekend Starts Round Here E.P.


I'll Never Stop Coming Home To You

20 August 2012


Dollboy - A Beard of Bees"Oliver Cherer - the aural alchemist behind Dollboy - has quietly gone about making a name for himself on the margins of British underground pop music for well over a decade now. From his early days spent gratifyingly abusing a Theremin in big-beat band, Cooler, to his Dollboy stage name's forays into soft-focus movements of psycho geographically informed ambient music, Cherer's is a restless, creative muse."

-- Extract from biography on sharemyplaylists.com

"If the Tardis spat Edward Elgar out into a Shropshire glade with a Roland DX7, a guitar and no direction home, you suspect that the results would not be dissimilar"

-- The Times

Kooky Catalogue

Further Excursions Into the Ulu With Dollboy


Official site

01 January 2012

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