Rob Hughes

Journalist, broadcaster and podcaster.

For as long as I can remember, I was always aware of David Bowie. He was there in a variety of intriguing ways when I was growing up – from seeing him interviewed by Mavis Nicholson on ITV in 1979 to that great clip of him doing “Golden Years” on Soul Train to the sounds of Changesonebowie from my older sister’s room. But the real epiphany came as a 15-year-old in 1981, when I saw the Ziggy Stardust album in WH Smith’s in Ormskirk and, on the strength of that amazing sleeve alone, without having a clue what any of it sounded like, I took it home to try on. Everything changed as soon as I heard “Five Years”. Woody’s intro felt like a portal into a secret world. Since then I’ve devoured all things Bowie. I’ve listened to him, read about him, seen him live, communicated by email and talked to him (albeit briefly on that last one). I love so much music, but he’s the reason I listen to anything at all. What’s more, Bowie is also responsible for me getting to know Marc Riley. But that’s another story…

Howard Nock

Audio wizard.

I was born in the same year “the man who sold the world” was released and am very much in the first year of the David Bowie High School, with Marc & Rob firmly in the Sixth form wearing their own clothes, looking cool and nicking my dinner money…..

Now as a sound mixer my passion lies in the geeky world of sound engineering and music production, and so I spend my days listening to the sonic majesty from legends like Tony Visconti and Ken Scott and reading about their recording techniques in the vain hope some of it rubs off. Its not happened yet .

Having said all that, I do have a vivid childhood memory as a 10 year old seeing David Bowie on the TV while on an annual pilgrimage to my Grandparents house in Luton. I can distinctly remember watching the Ashes to Ashes video through a Players No 6 fog and thinking I was watching a transmission from another world.

Jason Read

Cinematographer, editor and musician.

My Bowie journey begin when my Mum said I could pick three albums that came free when you joined Britannia music club. I choose Purple Rain, The Beverly Hills Cop Soundtrack and Changesonebowie and so began a lifelong love affair with Bowie, Prince and cheesy 80s pop. Shortly after that I bought the Ziggy Stardust album at a car boot sale in Morecambe for £1 and never looked back (it has Bowie’s Signature stuck on it with sellotape, but I have no way of knowing it that’s real or cut out of a magazine). 

I was fortunately enough to see Bowie perform live twice. Once at Manchester on the Sound and Vision tour and in Fukuoka, Japan for the Outside tour. My friend Gareth and I made a large sign which read “Give us a wave Dave!’ and we were over the moon when he did.

My involvement with the A to Z of David Bowie Podcast and now Cheap Things came about via the medium of Twitter. I replied to a post asking if anyone knew how to make video animations.  A few weeks later, after I’d pretty much forgotten about it, I received a DM from Marc asking if he could phone for a chat. From that point on I’ve been making the weekly trails for the podcast.

Marc Riley

Broadcaster and podcaster.

My life changed at approximately 4.30 on the 21st June 1972. I stopped off at my Gran’s house  in Didsbury on the way home from school  as  usual…  and put one  of my favourite TV programmes  on. Lift Off With Ayesha it was called. Presented by the aforementioned lady,  a folk singer called Wally Whyton..and an Owl puppet called Ollie Beak. That  was surreal enough..  but when David and the Spiders tipped up  and performed Starman my mind was blown. My interest in almost everything else went out the window. By  the time the same men popped up on Top Of The Pops a few weeks later I was already an acolyte. I worshipped these people. Since that  day I’ve seen David many  times… met him a fair few times… and followed his career through thick  and thin. And I’m still here…whilst David sadly isn’t.