"I had just acquired myself a stereo; a fantastic Sanyo stereo, it was a like a suitcase.
“You’d lift up the lid, the lid split in two and the speakers came off these flexi-hinges. It had a record player, a cassette player and a radio; you could tape off the radio and tape off records.
“My mum and dad had bought me a compilation album of everything on Island Records at the time, so you got a sample of Jethro Tull, Free, Mott The Hoople, Cat Stevens, Jimmy Cliff, Dr Strangely Strange
“So I taped that LP and traded it for a copy of Electric Warrior. Ziggy Stardust came a year later, which might have gone on to become a bigger love.
“But first love? Electric Warrior, absolutely, it’s a great record. Get It On, Lean Woman Blues, Life’s A Gas… I can be in a dark room, and play that record by just shutting my eyes and just letting my brain hear it. I don’t have to put it on, it’s that ingrained in my brain. Chiseled in, it’s in my DNA.”