My brother Fred and I ran a gym at the back of a theatrical rehearsal studio in London, where we saw lots of narcissism and posing.
Everyone fell about laughing, but we knew we were on to something. We came up with the rest of the lyrics over the next month.
We focused on things that people would know all over the world. A tastemaker DJ from Miami heard the song on holiday in Europe and took it back and played it.
When we had the US No 1, Madonna announced that she wanted to go to bed with me. As the Actors, we toured with Suicide, supported Joy Division at the Factory and played a punk club in Leeds where someone urinated on my clothes. I bumped into Bowie again when we did Top of the Pops in It was the start of the supermodel era, things were very hedonistic and I was thinking of big hair and dressing to impress.
The studio where we recorded it had gone into liquidation, but we were told that if we bunged the engineer some money at night he still had the keys. Every label turned us down. Our booking agent sacked us when he heard it.
Island Records went to the trouble of sending a fax telling us they hated it and no one would play it. One of the DJ responses was: Guy wanted a club track, but we compromised at pop.
I knew a DJ, Tommy Dwho programmed some sounds around the original vocal. I thought the guitar parts sounded like the theme from Coronation Street, but the Hendrix estate were very cool about it and just asked for a writing credit and a charitable donation.
The plan had been to then do a deal with a real record company, but suddenly we were No 1 in 32 countries and No 2 in the UK. Richard Fairbrass, singer-songwriter My brother Fred and I ran a gym at the back of a theatrical rehearsal studio in London, where we saw lots of narcissism and posing.
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