KOO KA CHOO
- The Ultimate 70's Glam Rock Tribute Show Band &
80s GOLD - The Ultimate 80's
talks to Keith of Koo Ka Choo who pay tribute to two of the
greatest eras of popular music - the Glam and disco of the
seventies and the electropop and power rock of the
Good afternoon Keith.
Can you please tell us about your musical background?
Yes. I've been 29 years in the business. I started when I was
fourteen. I've been in various bands.
Who were your inspirations Keith?
Queen and The Rolling Stones and stuff like that.
Oh, so quite a wide range?
about the other members of the band? How did you form?
Well, the line-up has changed over the years.
And so I suppose you've been the rock - the one who formed the
nucleus of the band?
I have for the last fifteen years or so, yes. Band members
have come and gone on the cabaret circuit.
That seems to be the way many bands go with quite a high
turnaround of personnel.
A touch of the Spinal Taps?
Yes, I suppose it is a little bit with us. And what we do is
all a little bit tongue-in-cheek too.
You've got two bands focusing on the seventies and the
Do you get very different types of audiences coming to
Generally the audiences vary - if they're booking a
seventies band, then they're usually from the seventies themselves
and they're now hitting their fifties.
You're not getting many youngsters?
I thought there might be some youngsters who are trying to
find out all about the seventies and the eighties?
Some of them do, especially when it's a private function and
then it's a bit of a free-for-all. And then with the
eighties, obviously, the same again. But people do tend to book
seventies and eighties because that's when they grew up.
Is it a moving target in the sense that people will soon be
looking to book nineties shows?
I don't think I'll be bothering covering the nineties
Good for you.
We'll just keep on going with what we do. We're currently working
on a seventies disco set as well.
Okay, will that be The Bee Gees and all that sort of stuff?
More Kool and The Gang, Earth Wind and Fire and all that kind of
Excellent. I grew up with all of that. Why is
the seventies and eighties such a big thing in people's
I just thing that at the time there was an image to go with it, wasn't
there? Fashion and image were a big thing.
I can't put my finger on what the nineties or the noughties
would be in terms of a tribute. I can't think of anything,
Nothing that's got any retro fashion or style that goes with the
pop music, no.
You were just talking about setting-up another strand to
your acts in the form of a disco show so you'll actually
have three completely different shows. How hard is it to
reproduce these different sounds?
We use a backing track so that helps - I suppose we cheat a little
That sets the mood.
Yes, and then we play with the bass, guitar, drums and the
vocals with the backing track creating the right sound. And
the lads have been playing for years so they just adapt.
All pretty good musicians then?
Yes, the drummer's a pretty good drummer because he keeps
time with a click track. The guitarist before this one was
with us for fifteen years...
He didn't explode?!
No, he just retired!
What feedback and comments do you get back from the audiences?
We get loads of people saying that they love the show and
had a fantastic time. Good value for money and so on.
How far do you travel?
All over the country.
So long as the price is right you'll go anywhere?
What is the biggest buzz you get from playing in these
retro tribute bands?
I enjoy playing the bigger venues, like the centre stage at
Butlins and places like that. I do like a big audience.
Do you do all the Butlins venues?
Yes, we do. Bognor, Minehead and Skegness.
What plans have you got for the future? More of the same for 80s Gold and Kookachoo and also
this other band as well?
It's going to be under the banner of Kookachoo but it will
be a Kookachoo disco. So the option is they can have a bit
Glam Rock and a bit of disco or they can have one or the
Sounds pretty good. That should make you even more busy.
Best of luck then Keith.
David. I'm off rehearsing now.
Do you rehearse once a week?
We try at least once a week with this new stuff we're
Well, the very best of luck with the new set Keith and
everything else you're doing.
Set list includes: Rock n Roll Part
II Glitterband, Mama We're All Crazee Now Slade, Ballroom
Blitz Sweet, My Coo Ca Choo Alvin Stardust, Shang-a-lang Bay
City Rollers, Bye Bye Baby Bay City Rollers, Blockbuster
Sweet, Get It On T.Rex, Make Me Smile Steve Harley, Stuck In
The Middle Stealers Wheel, Spirit In The Sky Norman
Greenbaum, Wig Wam Bam Sweet, Hi Ho Silver Lining Jeff
Beck, Radar Love Golden Earring, Rockin All Over The World
Status Quo, Play That Funky Music Wild Cherry, 2468 Motorway
Tom Robinson Band, Hey Rock and Roll Showaddywaddy, Under The
Moon Of Love Showaddywaddy, Grease Lightning John
Travolta, Tiger Feet Mud, Don't Stop Me Now Queen, Queen
Medley (We Will Rock You, Bohemian Rhapsody, Hammer To Fall,
Tie Your Mother Down) Devil Gate Drive Suzi Quatro,
Dancin On A Saturday Night Barry Blue, Tell Him Hello, Juke
Box Jive The Rubettes, Teenage Rampage Sweet, Hellraiser
Sweet, Schools Out Alice Cooper, 20th Century Boy T.Rex,
Cum On Feel The Noize Slade, See My Baby Jive Wizzard,
Jean Genie David Bowie, Saturday Nights Alright
For Fightin Elton John, Leader Of The Gang Gary Glitter,
Timewarp Rocky Horror, I Love You Love Me Love Gary
Glitter, Dynamite Mud, Action Sweet, Love is Like Oxygen
Sweet, Metal Guru T.Rex
Duran Duran, Spandau
Ballet, Simple Minds, OMD, ABC, Huey Lewis, Men At Work, Van
Halen, Tears For Fears, Wham, Frankie Goes To Hollywood
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