Koo Starck

Koo Starck

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Straddling pure pop and nightlife chic, Montreal-based Koo Starck's brand of orchestral electro disco moves the body and ditches the labels. The band's three members are inspired by an eclectic array of influences ranging from Moroder, Magique, Mylo, Maxine Nightingale, Mahler and Miuccia Prada.

Biography

For some Koo Starck are orchestral electro disco, for others, heartfelt balladeering. Never mind the bollocks or at least the labels. Koo Starck are about seductive songs of love, longing and life. En anglais et en français, rien de moins.

For once, P. Diddy got it right with his single Jack U. Who are these people on definitions? It's about good music.

Something you can make love to. Something you can rob a bank to. Something you can get married to. Indeed.

For Koo Starck, 'pop' is not a bad word. If it was good enough for The Beatles then it's good enough for them.

Rather, Koo Starck have set themselves a goal amidst the niche marketing, cynicism and 'rebel sell' of today's music: to be part of the future sound of Montreal by crafting songs that defy easy categorization, that transcend genres, and that move the body and stir the heart.

Koo Starck remain a mystery to others as well as to themselves. But of what little we do know, they have been together for four years. Their moniker is inspired by former B-movie film actress and scandalous royal love interest, Koo Stark, and avant-garde industrial designer Philippe Starck. Curious.

Both Stark and Starck built their careers on exuberant contradictions. And so too have Koo Starck: technical agility and computer mistakes, pure pop naïveté and superstar in-fighting, futurism and anachronism...

Two girls, one boy, a synthesizer and a 10cc songbook?

Inspired by an eclectic array of influences, ranging from ABBA and Giorgio Moroder to Mylo and Goldfrapp, Koo Starck fuses contemporary aesthetics with the free spirit of the 1970s... the decade that brought us Leif Garrett and The Ramones. The decade that rose from the innocence of the Jackson 5's 'The Love You Save' to the future shock of Gary Numan's 'Are Friends Electric?'

Nary a sense of nostalgia or kitsch, Koo Starck sincerely wear their hearts on their (designer) sleeves.

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Lyrics

So Ordinary

Written By: N. Hall

Take off your shirt
this won't hurt
this won't hurt
Swallow your words
be unheard
be unheard
Just close your eyes...

She feels so ordinary
She is quite the contrary

Forget your name
it's a game
it's a game

Take all the blame
and the shame
and the shame
Just close your eyes...

She feels so ordinary
She is quite the contrary

Come wear you name
turn away
turn away

Try to be brave
unafraid
unafraid

Run away
from a pain
from a pain

Just close your eyes...

She feels so ordinary
She is quite the contrary

Hot 4 Love

Written By: N. Hall/A. Germano/D. Chow

Je veux ton amour
Tu me fais frissonner
Je veux ton amour
Voulez-vous jouer avec moi?

You can’t take your eyes off me baby
You and I were meant to be
All I want is to love you honey
All I need is you with me

Je veux ton amour
Tu me fais frissonner
Je veux ton amour
Voulez-vous jouer avec moi?

Chorus:
Oooooh I’m hot for love
I’m hot for, I’m hot for
Oooooh I’m hot for love
So hot! So chaud!

I just want your lips on my body
I just want this night to be
All we ever dreamed it could baby
Tonight comes down to you and me
C’est pas la peine l’amour
Ça fais mal, ça brûle
C’est pas la peine l’amour
Voulez-vous... toujours?

Chorus

Je te veux
Tu me veux
Je te veux
Tu me veux
Qu’est-ce que tu veux?

Chorus x 2

Voulez-vous?

New York City Girl

Written By: N. Hall

At night I wake up in the dark, this New York City girl wanting for the world, oh girl

Grab the reins
Ride the horse
Take the wheel
Drive the car until you crash
Cross that bridge before you
Come to it, then jump off it

Uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh
I love you and you love me, too Yes, you love me, too

At dawn I come home in the light, this New York City girl
weary from a whirl, oh girl

Grab the reins
Ride the horse
Take the wheel
Drive the car until you crash
Cross that bridge before you
Come to it, then jump off it

Uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh
I love you and you love me, too Yes, you love me, too

At dusk I dream the sky falls, this New York City girl
let it all unfurl, oh girl

Grab the reins
Ride the horse
Take the wheel
Drive the car until you crash
Cross that bridge before you
Come to it, then jump off it

Uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh
I love you and you love me, too Yes, you love me, too

Discography

November 2007 demo with upcoming signature remixes

Set List

When we do a set, we're like Pat Benatar: "Hit me with your best shot." We usually play 6-8 songs (about 30 minutes) depending on where we're booked and who's playing. We like to keep it short and sweet, leave an impact and leave people wanting more.

Here's a sample set list:
Intro -- mash-up of 1970s AM gold
Sometimes
Wow
Hot 4 Love
So Ordinary
Magic (Olivia Newton-John cover)
Saturday Night
New York City Girl
This Is the End