Countdown No 4: Rediscovering David Bowie – Life on Mars?

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Bowie was for the cooool guys, and I wasn’t quite there in the 70′s still stuck with Herman’s Hermits and less knowing music. I knew he was there but he was for other older cooler people.

My relationship with Hunky Dory began in the late 80s– a long car journey down from the Midlands to the South Coast and a friend sharing the car slipped in this cassette (obviously sick and tired of my own music) and put on this amazing album. I fell instantly in love with this stylish sound – it’s early stuff looking backwards to Velvet Underground and forwards towards classic material such as Ziggy Stardust. And comparatively, it’s relatively easy listening but it is pure magic from end to end.

Who would live in the world of Life on Mars?

Fighting in the dance hall.
Oh man!
Look at those cavemen go.
It’s the freakiest show.”


Several times, P has paused this song on a car journey and said “this is weird”. But didn’t ask for any Justin Bieber, so that has to be a plus.

The video is a study in weirdness if ever there was one at the time. And there was such a fuss about Boy George ten years later.