The Bowie Experience, Talking Heads, Southampton

ANYONE attempting to capture the singular style of David Bowie is taking on quite a challenge.

Singer Laurence, bedecked in lurex suit and white boots, looked vaguely like the enigmatic icon and sounded pretty convincing.

But there was something in his rather stiff demeanour which was more reminiscent of Thunderbirds than the androgynous charm of the "Thin White Duke". Having said that, it was a professional performance by Laurence and his band, which featured a suitably Ronsonesque lead guitarist. The opening Spiders From Mars and more songs from the early Bowie era like A Space Oddity, John I'm Only Dancing and Changes were well received by the Bowie freaks in the audience, as were later hits.

But I couldn't get that Thunderbirds image out of my mind and I'm not sure I would like to repeat The Bowie Experience.