Everyone’s talking about David Bowie today. Me and Julie went to see him play at Leeds Rolarena, the last gig he did before Ziggy died at Hammersmith Odeon.
Someone told us David Bowie’s address so we wrote to him, and couldn’t believe it when Angie Bowie wrote back…I was blown away by the gig, and me and Julie decided to get a band together. We were called The Weirdies in the Wardrobe. I played ‘drums’ on my mum’s place mats (pictures of roses on them).
Not long after that we went to see Mott the Hoople at Leeds Town Hall, and Queen were supporting them. I got Ariel Bender’s autograph on a picture of Brian May’s hair.
Mick Ronson was stunning and I moved to Hull a few years later. I nearly got to meet him once. We were recording at Fairview Studio and he was coming in to check it out, with a view to recording a band called One the Juggler there. I was dead excited, I was finally going to meet my main man, but had been recording all night and was a mess, so I rushed home to wash my hair. Needless to say, when I got back I had missed him. Serves me right I suppose.
I have one other David Bowie related story. One day, when I was playing with The Planet Wilson I got a telegram (Sam) from the manager of a band called Thrashing Doves saying their bassist had left and would I be interested in joining them. I felt excited, but said no, because I was a Planet Wilson girl right then. Anyway, the bass player who had left was Gail Ann Dorsey who has played with David Bowie for years now. Ahhh…
I wrote a song about all of this, it’s called My Fantastic Past, it’s fun to sing and when Rich and I play it, we have a good laugh.
Here are some other teenage relics, click on the images to enlarge, and scroll through…