Holly Johnson, 61, in the garden of her home in Fulham
My Heaven, Holly Johnson: Frankie Goes To Hollywood singer, 61, in the backyard of his home in Fulham
- Holly Johnson shares important items in the garden of her home in Fulham
- The 61-year-old singer cherishes the six-string Epiphone Bard guitar given by his father
- Also sweetheart a 1970s Mickey Mouse phone bought when he moved to London
Singer Holly Johnson, 61 (pictured) shared items of personal importance in the garden of her home in Fulham
I do everything at this table in my garden – eat, work and paint. There’s a chair for me and one for my partner Wolfgang – we’ve been together since 1984, right after Frankie Goes To Hollywood became famous.
This painting that I made was inspired in me by the English artist Christopher Wood – who came from Liverpool like me (he died very young but he knew Picasso) – and also by Mary Fedden, whom I knew. They are two of my favorite British painters.
2. BOY STRUMMER
I have a few guitars, but this six-string Epiphone Bard is the one my dad gave me. I thought he must have fallen from the back of a truck, but he actually bought it! He had seen it in the store window as he walked past his taxi.
It was a surprise because he hadn’t been too encouraging for my music. Until then, I had played on a very bad guitar that I had managed to buy with cigarette coupons.
3. AWESOME ALADDIN
I was inspired by Marc Bolan and David Bowie, and Bowie’s 1973 album Aladdin Sane had such a strong visual impact on me. I first saw it when I read in the NME that it was being held back because of the special silver ink used to print the cover.
A friend and I bought it the day it was released from a record store in Liverpool. Back then you could walk into a booth and they would play it for you. We then bought tickets to see Bowie at the Liverpool Empire – our first real concert. We had missed school to buy the tickets!
Holly said he was heartbroken when he lost Funky (pictured), his white poodle
4. MY NEW BEST FRIEND
God knows what our Punky dog really is. Battersea Dogs Home described him as a four-year-old Pomchi (a Pomeranian-Chihuahua cross). Someone had bought it online, but their Chihuahua didn’t like it, so after one day they gave it up.
We had him only a few weeks ago and he’s still getting used to us, but he’s wonderful. I was scared to have another dog because I was heartbroken when I lost Funky, my white poodle, and I didn’t want to go through it again.
5. DIAL M FOR MICKEY
There was one of those 1970s Mickey Mouse phones (the backpack is the handset) in a display case around the corner from where I lived as a teenager. I saw him every day when I took the green and cream one-story bus to school from the Penny Lane terminus. I had always wanted one, and I was finally found when I moved to London.
6. FAN FAVORITES
I have an Ivor Novello award for best contemporary song (for Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s 1984 single Two Tribes), which is a pretty nice sculpture.
But this plastic is more for me, it is a Radio 1 listening prize for the song Relax, which was voted by the public when they could not hear it on Radio 1, because it had banned it for a few months. in 1984. It seems more important because it’s something like “by the people, for the people”.
As said to Chrissy Iley. The soundtrack to Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – now available on Amazon Prime – includes Holly’s track with Richard E Grant, This Was Me.