David Bowie – Suffragette City (1972)

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I still have the copy of this I bought when I was 14 years old and starting to discover music. I was mad about David Bowie and I bought Aladdin Sane and Hunky Dory when they came out too. I liked a lot of glam – I liked artists who lived in their own worlds. I didn’t copy Bowie’s clothes or hair though – I wore a harrington jacket and Brutus bag trousers.

You have to remember that Bowie was pop back then, and it wasn’t cool for boys to be into pop. It was girls who liked him – boys only ever admit to liking pop music in retrospect. All the other boys at school were listening to progressive rock like Emerson, Lake and Palmer, or Led Zeppelin.

I wasn’t one of the cool kids, I was one of the outsiders. Back then you could get beaten up for having the wrong haircut and it happened to me when I was 18. I was in the park with Alan Horne, who ran Postcard Records. Alan ran away. I was frightened but I stayed, and got beaten up.

David Bowie Suffragette City Unreleased Extended Mix:

 

[via Edwyn Collins]

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