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Tennant On Bowie

Pet Shop Boy Neil Tennant remembers David Bowie – their collaboration on Hallo Spaceboy, his musical legacy, and his lifelong feud with Elton John. (Not to mention the time they perved on Take That’s tattoos backstage!) As told to Steve Pafford.

MY FRIENDS and I were big Bowie fans as soon as Hunky Dory came out in 1971. I couldn’t actually afford to buy the album. I only used to get something like five shillings pocket money a week, so we’d go into the record shop and ask to hear it in the stereo listening booth! It was only supposed to be for classical records, but we’d cheekily get the three of us in there and listen to the whole album. Even now when I hear the opening chords to Changes it always reminds me of the listening booth in Newcastle.

When Bowie did Starman on [BBC TV music show] Top Of The Pops with his arm around [guitarist] Mick Ronson it was a great moment in pop. Actually, one forgets Starman wasn’t a particularly big hit. David didn’t have a top three single until The Jean Genie and it seemed rather frustrating at the time.

The Ziggy Stardust tour came to the Newcastle City Hall in June 1972 and he was electrifying. It was the best concert I’d ever been to. David Bowie transformed the way I felt about music. It wasn’t just about his costume changes, it was just thrilling to watch. He dedicated a song to me and my friends, saying, ‘This is for the strange people in the audience.’ Then during Suffragette City when he sang, ‘Wham bam, thank you Mam’ they showered us with pictures of David as Ziggy and I got him to sign one of them on the way out.

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With 2016 in full swing, and the Mardi Gras season upon us down under, the March issue of DNA is out and BURSTING with talent, such as our cover model the beautiful Ben who features in a nine page fashion spread. In ‘Loving’ this month we take a look at the brilliant art of of the digital wizard Salem as he portrays the fine physic of masculine men in an alluring romantic setting. Plus a little Hashtag investigation into the term #oilcheck (you’ll want to have that checked or check it out). Find out what the homophobes have been up to in this months ‘Nutter Than A Squirrel Turd’, it’s more giggle worthy than a night at the comedy store. Our editor Andrew takes a look into the highly rumoured closeted gay-sex life of Hollywood actor Will Smith. Losing your hair? Our mate Samuel Leighton-Dore takes an in-depth look at being a bald warrior in a world of hairy heroes. Music this month we feature the talents of Rhianna, Jarryd James and the Bloc Party. For those who are feeling sluggish, in health our resident doctor, Dr. Zac shares 10 surprising food suggestions could have you feeling and looking a whole lot better! ‘Straight Mate’ guru Matthew Myers chats to Aussie TV personality Marc Fennell about that time he kissed another man and why it took eight takes before he was happy with it. Plus we take a look at the recent coming-out gay of Teen Wolf star Charlie Carver via the social media site Instagram. DNA jumps into the political sphere with an exclusive interview of openly gay Greens senator Robert Simms. Jumping on the plane and jet setting around the globe in travel this month takes us to London, Spain and the wild nature of Africa (the jet lag has really set in). Finally in photos we visit the field of dreams with the handsome, hairy and rugged model Valentono Pozzi then we discover the source of sex appeal with a photographic essay from Photographer Ethan James. All that and so much more in this months DNA #194.
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