IT DIDN'T take much - just three little words from my 24-year-old son as he surfed Facebook.
"David Bowie died."
Almost instantly, I was whisked back in time to childhood friend Karen McClintock's house in Aspley, listening to her brother's copy of 1976s ChangesOneBowie on the stereo.
The compilation album with our favourites Space Oddity, Changes, Rebel Rebel, Young Americans, Fame and Golden Years was always on high rotation in the loungeroom.
We had all the best Seventies dance moves as we shot the occasional glance at the album cover and that beautifully pensive, flawless face and soft, perfectly coiffed hair.
Which of David Bowie’s biggest Billboard hits is your favourite?
This poll ended on 30 January 2016.
Let’s Dance (1983)
Golden Years (1976)
Dancing in the Street ft. Mick Jagger (1985)
Blue Jean (1984)
China Girl (1983)
Space Oddity (1973)
Modern Love (1983)
Day-In Day-Out (1987)
I never liked David Bowie
My favourite track is not listed here because I'm a real fan
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
His outrageously memorable lyrics ensured the usual "turn that rubbish down" from our parents.
To this day, I can't hear Suffragette City anywhere without screaming "wham, bam thankyou, 'Mam'" at the top of my lungs on cue.
So risqué! We'd never seen anything like David Bowie. And it's doubtful we'll ever see anything like him again.
Throughout his life and career, he kept reinventing himself to remain relevant and unique - whether that be musically, in fashion or creatively in his films.
Ziggy Stardust, The Thin White Duke, Aladdin Sane, Major Tom ... He was daring, bent, androgenous, bisexual, odd and wild, but always interesting.
Yet of all that has been written on Bowie since his passing, friend and former Countdown host Molly Meldrum's tribute sticks out for me. Meldrum said Bowie was simply "an utter gentleman". Wherever he went on the world stage, he seemed to conduct himself with a polite grace and style that was so out of step with the rest of rock'n'roll.
Bowie always did live his life to the beat of his own drum.
Maybe he was alien after all.
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