Hunky Dory

David Bowie was an influence on me without my even knowing it, his are the songs you never forget.

When I was 12 and lived in Sussex I used to babysit for my neighbours – a very nice Dutch couple.

They had David Bowie's Hunky Dory in their record collection and I couldn’t wait to get to their house to play it incessantly.

I didn’t know what Bowie was talking about (who did?) but I was mesmerized.

It was a lonely time in my life, feeling isolated from the new family my family had joined up with. I did not fit in.

I found solace in the music, listening to the words describing something I didn't understand yet feeling an affinity with the outsiderness of it.

My favourite songs from the album are Andy Warhol and Queen Bitch.

Photograph by Mick Rock
Me aged 11 with my best friend from school Michal