I already had Let’s Dance on vinyl but didn’t want to just tape my album. I needed to have the actual cassette too. I still had my Sony Walkman I won from CJBK a couple years earlier. I loved the way the 5lb Walkman hung off my the waist of my jeans, and the way its spongey headphones doubled as a hairband. This tape was a play/eject/flip/play/eject/flip/play/eject/flip/play kind of tape. It was my favourite thing to listen to when I was 14.
Every January 8 I have celebrated David Bowie’s birthday in one way or another. Listening to him, wearing him, getting my kid to wear him. He once asked if I was married to David Bowie. Where would he get such an idea?
Today I’ll wear my Bowie necklace and listen to Bowie at the Beeb – a fantastic compilation featuring a live performance from 2000 with a sexy version of Let’s Dance.
Happy Birthday David Bowie, with 30+ years of admiration and not-married-to-you-kind of love.