Curious issue #19 – May 1970 – a “sex education magazine for men and women”.

Early Bowie rarity with a price tag that matches  its scarcity (copies have sold recently for £400+)


This relates to Bowie’s brief, post  Space Oddity, Arnold Corns project. He spotted  &  approached  (should that read  talent scouted & cruised?) Freddie  Buretti at El Sombrero club, a disco near Victoria Station in London. He fashioned Arnold Corns,  a vehicle for pop-stardom, for Freddie ne  Rudi Valentino that was bounded to fail. Only one  single  was  released at the time: Moonage Daydream/ Hang Onto Yourself , both penned and produced by Bowie. Although more allegedly radio material & /outtakes/demos exist (with Bowie, not Freddie, singing most of the material).  Listen to the complete Arnold Corns demos here

Both of these songs  reappeared on Bowie’s  breakthrough LP Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders From  Mars…as would Buretti, but not in a musical capacity.  Instead, he created  Bowie’s most outrageous stage outfits of  the period- combining elements Kubrick’s interpretation of Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange with Burroughs Wild Boys.

Instead of  modelling one of Buretti’s creations for the cover of Curious,  Bowie wore his infamous Mr Fish  “man-dress” that he   sported on the (UK only)  cover of  The Man  Who Sold The World LP . At the time,  this was refereed to as “gender bending”,  a term so brilliantly out-dated, that it needs repeating without apology. Fish opened his  boutique in  1966 – 17 Clifford Street, Mayfair with the  byline : “Peculiar to Mr. Fish”.  Mick Jagger also wore a Mr Fish ‘man-dress’ for The Rolling Stones’ Brian Jones memorial concert at Hyde Park on 5th July 1969.

Despite being openly gay, Buretti’s and his muse/girlfriend Daniella Parmar provided “The Bowies”- both Angela and David – with a blue print (androgyny, peroxide hair, shock  value) for David’s next incarnation – Ziggy.  Interesting times and  even more interesting people. There’s been a  documentary made about Buretti, but good luck finding a screening…

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