The people who turn me on
Fan • October 1974
Most people find that they have favourite singers,
actors and favourite friends. A superstar like Bowie, is no exception.
So he has decided to tell us about the people who turn him on.
Obviously Angie must have turned me on for me to have
married her! I mean you just don't go marrying anybody. For a start
I suppose I was attracted by her looks but no relationship can last
long if it's just based on physical attraction. There has to be
more to it than that. You've got to be able to respect somebody
in every way, especially if you're going to marry them… With Angie
I found that I really liked her personality.
She's got a lively mind and she's always doing lots
of different and sometimes unusual things. If I'm feeling jaded
or tired she's great because her bubbly mood soon ribs off on me
and I don't feel nearly so down any more. Obviously it works both
ways and I feel that I can help her out too when she's not feeling
so good. I think our relationship's good because we both know how
to give and take. That's our secret, I suppose.
Well he's my son and he really turns me on. That's
mainly because he's such an inventive kid, quite capable of looking
after himself even though he's so young. But the thing about Zowie
is that he's so loving and even if he's been naughty my heart really
melts when he rolls his big eyes at me and gives me a kiss. Every
name should have a Zowie in it. He really makes for a happy family.
The reason I've listed Freddie here is because I'm
turned on by people who have taste, especially my kind of taste.
One of my great loves is clothes. I'm really mad about them. I go
through so many different phases, at the moment I'm into short jacketed
double-breasted suits but next week I might be into something completely
different. With all my changes of mood Freddie is extremely patient.
He just listens to my ideas and has this sort of telepathy. Because
whatever I think of in my mind he produces for real. I suppose I've
come to admire Freddie as a person through his work because people's
personalities really come through when they are working, as much
as any other time. Freddie comes across as a really tolerant and
talented guy. I just hope he'll continue to design incredible clothes
Like Freddie I've come to respect Cherry through her
work. Since she's worked for us I've been able to see just how talented
she is and talent is something that turns me on.
Cherry is also so kind-hearted. If Angie and I want
to go out in the evening Cherry is only too pleased to look after
Zowie if she's in town. I've even known her put off something she's
doing to help out without telling us. You couldn't ask for more
than that from a friend.
When I saw The Boyfriend I was really knocked out
with Twiggy's singing and dancing. Since she'd always done modelling
before I suppose it came as a real surprise to learn that she could
sing and dance too. Models have got a reputation for being dumb.
Twiggy is certainly not dumb. I really liked her just to look at
before she became an actress and my admiration for her has increased
since I saw her in the film. My one regret is that I never got a
chance to see her television show because of being in the States.
I just hope they repeat them.
Recently Marc Bolan and I have been seeing a lot of
each other. We've been friends for a number of years but have both
been busy. When Marc's been touring in one place I've been somewhere
different and somehow we've always managed to miss each other. But
with both of us in New York at the same time recently we've taken
the opportunity to see each other as much as we can. Marc's got
this tremendous ability to write really original lyrics. His musical
taste is so varied that he's introduced me to people I've never
even heard of. We've spent many hours talking and playing records
which is something I love doing but never seem to have had the chance
to do before.
Dana's such a quiet, gentle person that I think she
found Angie and I a bit over-powering at first but somebody with
character like Dana can come into her own eventually. We both respect
her for herself and we're sure that it won't be long before she's
a star in her own right. She did some concerts in Britain recently
which I was unable to attend so I can't wait to see her in concert.
For the moment knowing her turns me on enough. But I'm sure seeing
her giving a live stage performance would be incredible. Angie looks
after her career now.
THE THREE DEGREES
As you probably know my big kick at the moment is soul
music. My next album will be much more in the soul style than any
of my records so far. There's so much good soul music around at
the moment that it's had a big influence on me. One of the groups
who has influenced me most is The Three Degrees. I don't just mean
their chart hits but also their albums. They've recorded some really
great albums. The vocal range they achieve is incredible. Just listening
to them turns me on.