“I had to phone someone”
UK telephone conversation, Thursday evening, July 7th, 1972...
“Hello Ashley, did you see Top Of The Pops tonight?”
“Hi Mark, yes, bet you’re calling about Starman.”
“Yes I am, incredible! Did you know that’s the same bloke that did Space Oddity, David Bowie?”
“No I didn’t, a bit weird...I wonder what colour his hair is? Looks blond*. Do you think he’s gay?”
“Who cares? Love the song and the clothes, that guitarist was pretty cool too. It all looked so futuristic. Love it, hope he’s on again next week.”
And so began a life of worship for many a British teenager, 45 years ago tonight.
If you didn’t catch it at the time, it’s still pretty potent stuff.
*Many TOTPs viewers in the UK still had black and white television in 1972.