“It was brilliant. I was a huge fan; still am. Before we did that, he’d done a song called Drive-In Saturday, and there was a line where he said, ‘She sighed like Twig the Wonder Kid.’ I heard it on the radio and went, ‘Oh my God, David Bowie just mentioned me in a song!’ I rushed out to buy it because I thought maybe I’d misheard it.
Then about a year later, we shot that picture for the cover of English Vogue. We did it in Paris, and he was gorgeous and lovely and really nice. And then English Vogue decided in their great wisdom not to publish it because they said they couldn’t put a man on the cover. And I said, ‘You’re crazy.’ But they wouldn’t do it. So David, said, ‘It’ll be a great cover for the Pin Ups album.’ And as a result, it’s had a much longer life.”
Meanwhile the Marc Evans directed movie “Hunky Dory” (named after Bowie’s iconic 1971 album featuring “Life on Mars”) based on the artist’s and Shakespeare’s work has been released.
Starring Mini Driver the Glee-like film is set in 1976 in Wales during a drought. While the working class town has its usual assortment of woes and high-schoolers struggle with the meaning of romance, Driver’s character fights with teachers and the principal to stage “The Tempest” with a score that features Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold the World” and “Life on Mars”. Sadly a third song could not be secured. “Bowie’s people thought that having two Bowie songs was right. We wanted ‘Memories of a Free Festival’ to close the film,” Evans told Billboard after the Saturday screening. “We went with Minnie singing the Byrds song (“Goin’ Back,” written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King). That’s a song that’s kind of epic and yet it’s very intimate.”