SIMON FISHER TURNER - Sex Appeal - CD - CDMRED244
Autores: Simon Fisher Turner, Simon Turner, The King of Luxembourg
Editor: Cherry Red Records (2003)
Géneros: Rock, Pop, Surf, Pop-Rock
Turner's sonic imaginary has deep roots. "I was brought up to really listen," he tells me. "When I was at school we used to have an hour at least a week where the class would sit together and listen to people reading, going round the class." From childhood, he recalls the sounds of coffee machines and flamenco guitars on Spanish holidays, waves crashing upon the shore off the Cornwall coast of his youth and lolly sticks clattering against bicycle wheels. "My dad was a submariner so we were always near the sea," he says. "I became interested in sound because he came back from the far east with a cassette recorder when they first came out. I must have been 13 or 14. It was one of the first machines in England."
It didn't take long for him to progress from his mum's Herb Alpert and Acker Bilk records to finding a music that could like his own. "I used to work in a record shop in Islington. I didn't like Hunky Dory when that came out," he explains. "But Rob, who used to run this record shop, said do you want to come and see David Bowie playing at Slough Technical College. And it was just mind blowing. I was a guitar man. Ronson was my man. Oh my fucking god. Nobody had ever played guitar like that before—not that I'd seen. But we took notice of what Bowie was saying, and you did think about your clothes a bit more. You didn't go to a David Bowie concert in jeans and a t-shirt."
You knew him, didn't you? I say.
"I didn't know him at all, no," he says at once, before admitting, "I spent time with him, but he's the man I didn't know." Their first meeting was not long after that gig at Slough Technical College. Turner's debut album was released in 1973 featuring a cover of Bowie's "The Prettiest Star." Later that year, while Bowie was rehearsing for the TV special The 1980 Floor Show, Turner, "was introduced to him by Angela, and he was far too busy to take any notice of the fact that, hey, this is Simon, he recorded one of your songs, blah blah blah. He was busy, man."