Starman was the first pop song I heard on BBC Radio 1, in 1971, on my new Harvard transistor radio.
On the day I was born, T. Rex’s ‘Metal Guru’ was the number one single in Britain; and David Bowie’s fifth album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, would be released two days later. ‘Space Oddity’ was a radio constant during my childhood, but I wasn’t truly aware of Bowie until ‘Ashes to Ashes’ and Let’s Dance.
So I missed his Seventies heyday, but songs like ‘Blue Jean’ and ‘Absolute Beginners’ lit up my adolescence. I bought my first Bowie album, Ziggy Stardust, on vinyl from Beano’s in Croydon, and later Hunky Dory on tape. And finally, a Best Of Bowie.
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