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DAVID BOWIE

Steve Took appeared on four Bowie Songs for the BBC 'Top Gear' John Peel programme. These have now been released on CD. See image below for more info. Below is the full version of one of these songs (Karma Man).

For the record, Bowie had his own connections to the Deviants/Pink Fairies scene. He and his boyfriend Calvin Mark Lee were frequent visitors to the Deviants’ Shaftsbury Avenue flat and his 1969 hippy album Space Oddity (his equivalent of the three Tyrannosaurus Rex LPs with Took) as well as live and radio work from this time, featured session work by top underground act Junior’s Eyes.

Junior’s Eyes featured Mick Wayne who, within the space of a few months of late ’72 was in and out of stints with both Steve Took’s band and the Pink Fairies. Also working on the album were Junior’s Eyes bassist John “Honk” Lodge, fresh from session playing on Twink’s Think Pink LP, as well as classical cellist Paul Buckmaster, (famed for his work on the Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby”) who would soon play on Mick Farren’s Mona solo LP, most notably on the title track.

The back cover of Space Oddity was painted by Bowie’s childhood friend George Underwood who had previously done the similarly styled sleeve for Tyrannosaurus Rex’s “My People Were Fair…” LP.

Karma Man recorded in 1968(2 mins 59 seconds)
Thanks to Mick (Lucifer Sam) for this clip!


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