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12 SEPTEMBER 2015

Scary Monsters is thirty five

“He opened strange doors that we'd never close again”

David Bowie’s Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) was released on September 12th 1980.
This Bowie/Visconti-produced classic entered the UK album chart at #1 while the #1 single which preceded it, Ashes To Ashes, was still in the UK Top Ten.
If you need reminding of just how well this album has stood the test of time and still sounds fresh and exciting to this day, go listen to Scary Monsters now.

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35 Years Ago: David Bowie Continues an Impressive Run With ‘Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)’
By Eduardo Rivadavia September 12, 2015 11:52 AM

No mainstream artist enjoyed a more eclectic and exciting rock and roll career throughout the ’70s than David Bowie. And as the chameleon-like singer delivered Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps), on Sept. 12, 1980, it seemed possible that the same would be true of Bowie’s next decade.

After completing his famed Berlin Trilogy of Low, ‘Heroes’ and Lodger, Bowie decided that his 14th studio album would be recorded at New York City’s Power Station, again with help from longtime producer Tony Visconti – but without Brian Eno. That meant Eno’s penchant for spontaneous songwriting and recording techniques were replaced by a more traditional, highly organized process focused more on delivering big hits than earning more critical plaudits for artistry.

In keeping, the advance single “Ashes to Ashes” – which resurrected his popular Major Tom character from “Space Oddity” – went to No. 1 in the U.K., while performing strongly in numerous countries. (In the U.S., the song had an entirely different fate, just missing the Billboard Hot 100 and peaking at No. 101.) “Fashion,” a direct descendant from Station to Station‘s “Golden Years,” following in short order, pushing Scary Monsters to the top the charts in the U.K.; Bowie reached No. 12 in America.

Elsewhere, however, many of the songs on Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) were as challenging and unconventional as critics and discerning Bowie-philes could have asked for. The opening tune, “It’s No Game,” married a plodding dirge to Bowie’s intentionally strangled vocals and a female narration of the lyrics in Japanese. “Up the Hill Backwards” commented on the singer’s recent divorce over a lurching, 7/4 beat, and then the title track arose from a sinister Robert Fripp guitar figure, which was indicative of its subject’s descent into madness – all before the aforementioned singles made their entrances.

Bowie’s imagination continued to fly unchecked and unafraid on the second side, over the anthemic, “Heroes”-like march of “Teenage Wildlife,” the intriguing chord changes that made “Scream Like a Baby” half-new wave, half-hard rock, a lush interpretation of Tom Verlaine’s “Kingdom Come” complete with girl-group backing vocals, a densely arranged “Because You’re Young” boasting windmill power chords from Pete Townshend and concluding with a “civilized” reprise of “It’s No Game” that proved a Dr. Jeckyll to the opener’s Mr. Hyde...

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