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Alan Johnson confesses 'I was a Bowie freak without the make up'

Apparently Alan Johnson always dreamt of going into pop, not politics and wishes to this day that his career had been in music.

Apparently Alan Johnson always dreamt of going into pop, not politics and wishes to this day that his career had been in music.



So the Health Secretary told The Observer Music Monthly magazine's Record Doctor this weekend.

A self-confessed Bowie freak, Mr Johnson has been in three bands and was a singer songwriter.

In his 'consultation' with the Record Doctor, Mr Johnson describes how The Beatles changed his life and how he was gutted that a record label didn't give a contract to his second band 'Area' after they released a single in the late 60s.

The fact they didn't led him to become a postman. From there began his path into politics and Government. 'I've regretted it ever since,' he mourns.

He's not the only one, one suspects.

The Record Doctor, for those of you who've not read the regular feature, suggests a 'treatment' in the form of music he thinks the 'patient' will like, based on a 'diagnosis' of their musical tastes.

And what does Mr Johnson think of the doctor's diagnosis and recommended 'treatment'? Mixed, to say the least. He's obviously not a big one for taking on board what doctors say.

Perhaps GPs would like to suggest some alternative therapy for the Bowie, Beatles and Super Furry Animals loving Health Secretary?

Health Secretary Alan Johnson: The Beatles changed his life. Alan Johnson Alan Johnson confesses to the Record Doctor

I was a Bowie freak, but as I was married with three kids and living on a council estate in Slough, walking around with an Aladdin Sane stripe across my face wouldn't have worked.

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