James Cook

Five years since TVO Live!

Today marks five years since The Velvet Onion Live, and as luck would have it, we recently managed to salvage some footage previously thought lost forever from the star-studded one-off live event. On 31st May 2012, we packed 21 Velvet Onion regulars, and the disembodied voice of one other, into [...]

May 31, 2017 // 1 Comment

Cook & Ralfe meet Tony Visconti

TVO regulars and musical geniuses James Cook and Oly Ralfe have collaborated on an interview with seminal producer Tony Visconti for M-Audio. It’s impossible to not adore Tony Visconti, and the output he’s been responsible for over the decades, including of course, the work of Marc [...]

May 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

Cooking Sensations

The latest music video from James Cook is now available to view online. Sensations is the first single from the former Boosh collaborator’s sublime third solo album Anti Love Songs which was released earlier this year via Bandcamp. The track features regular collaborator Anne Marie [...]

September 1, 2016 // 0 Comments

Anti Love Songs

Anti Love Songs, the new album from James Cook, is available now. The record is the third studio album proper from the former Nemo frontman, following 2014’s Adventures in Ausland and 2011’s Arts & Sciences, and marks a progression in Cook’s baroque-pop arrangements [...]

April 12, 2016 // 0 Comments

So Hot Right Now #28

Welcome to The Velvet Onion – the central hub for an interconnected range of alternative comedy and more. Click through for the latest news, and see what’s so hot right now THIS WEEK below… A SEANCE WITH LOWE & LLOYD FOR INSIDE NO. 9 The superlative creativity of Reece [...]

April 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

James Cook’s New Video!

James Cook has released a new video for ‘Jamie’. The song is his modern British interpretation of Jacques Brel’s French classic from 1965 ‘(Chanson de) Jacky’. The track is taken from James’ studio album Adventures in Ausland, which is available to listen to [...]

March 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Velvet Onion Is Five Again

The Velvet Onion is proud to bring you an updated version of our TVO IS FIVE video for your perusal, featuring a cavalcade of comedy legends wishing us a very happy birthday. Some of you may remember at the end of January, The Velvet Onion marked its official fifth anniversary with a string of [...]

March 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

Adventures in Ausland – Album Launch Party

James Cook will be celebrating the recent launch of his epic studio album Adventures in Ausland, with a Christmas shindig in north London. And you’re invited! The launch party will be taking place at Aces & Eights in Tuffnell Park on 16th December, starting at 8pm. It will also be the [...]

November 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

So Hot Right Now #1

Hello, dear Peelers, and welcome to The Velvet Onion!  For your regular news updates you used to find on our home page, click here.  But below, here’s what Dolly would say is sooo hot right now in Onion Land. COOKING UP A LOVER’S DREAM The former Nemo frontman returned with his new [...]

October 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

A Fine Adventure With James Cook

James Cook‘s second solo album, Adventures in Ausland was officially released this week. And in case you’re pondering whether or not to invest, please allow us to draw your attention to a recent review… The Ringmaster Review has described the album in the superlative, opening [...]

August 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

James’ Adventures in Ausland

James Cook‘s second solo album Adventures in Ausland is now available to pre-order. The 10-track album was written, produced, recorded and engineered by James and Oliver Ralfe plays the piano on the track Bring Back the Boom. James is marketing the album through Bandcamp where you can listen [...]

June 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

James Cook New Album News

This weekend James Cook revealed the full track listing of his forthcoming new album Adventures In Ausland. His second solo studio album has been 18 months in the making, and will be released later this year. There are ten tracks in total, titled as follows: 1. BEES IN NOVEMBER 2. LILLY (A [...]

May 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

Raising Bees In November

James Cook has released the first song from his upcoming second album. Bees In November is the first track from Cook’s new solo album which will be titled Adventures in Ausland. The album will be out later in the year but you can already satisfy your musical cravings with this little [...]

March 21, 2014 // 1 Comment

Fun Boy Sings

James Cook has released the final track from his covers album, Reverse Engineering, in the form of the  early 80’s pop classic ‘Our Lips Are Sealed’. For the uninitiated out there, Reverse Engineering consists of two 7-track EPs featuring reworkings of musical material with [...]

March 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

Cook Does Ultravox

If you’re a regular visitor to these pages you’ll be aware of James Cook‘s covers project, Reverse Engineering. Now Cook has unveiled another track – Hiroshima Mon Amour, originally recorded by Ultravox. For any of you not yet in the know, Reverse Engineering consists of two [...]

February 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

Cook Commences Countdown, Reverse Engineering’s On!

James Cook has unveiled a new video for his cover of David Bowie’s Ashes To Ashes.  Sordid details following… This time last year, the world was about to be rocked by the news that the Thin White Duke himself was to release his first studio album in ten years, with The Next Day [...]

January 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

FREE DOWNLOAD: In Holoserica Cepa 2013!

It’s that time of the year again. The big fat bloke has been, and given you all lots of lovely jubbly presents, with hopefully a few TVO related goodies amongst them! As our friends, naturally, we had to provide you with a gift or some variety, and given the runaway success of last [...]

December 25, 2013 // 2 Comments

Strung Out In Heaven’s High…

As the world goes absolutely barmy for the brand new David Bowie track (and rightly so!), TVO’s very own James Cook has put his own unique spin on a classic track by the Thin White Duke. A teaser out-take from his up-coming covers album, which will be released for free across a number of [...]

January 8, 2013 // 2 Comments