It was another normal day at school, trying not to get picked on by teachers, trying not to look too bored, trying not to look too keen, trying not to get picked on by bullies, just trying to survive until the until the home-time bell rang.
Anthony leant across the desk and whispered conspiratorially “You heard the new Bowie single ‘Ashes To Ashes’? It’s crap! What the hell does ‘funk to funky’ mean???”
The following week he was in the corridor extolling the virtues of the new Bowie single and how much it meant to him. I asked him what had changed and with perfect teenage logic he replied “Nothing. But my parents don’t like so now I do.”
I bought this album originally from Simon’s the underground record shop on Oxford Street and from the first track it blew me away. Any album that could start with something as weird as “It’s No Game (Part One)” and end with something as, relatively, normal as “It’s No Game (Part Two)” belonged in my collection.
Listening to it now, 35 years later and despite the familiarity of some of the tracks released as singles, it still has the same effect. Bowie moving from a schizophrenic rant at the start of the album, working through his issues and then ending with a more accepting attitude (of things that he can’t change such as people messing around with reissues).
The problem with the reissue is that, as a sop to fans, it has four extra tracks tagged on the end and the original flow of the album is totally lost. Record companies need to realise that just because you get some free extras on a release it doesn’t necessarily make it better……it can make it worse (still 5/5 though)
David Bowie – Scary Monsters (1980) – CD 1992 Reissue
- It’s No Game (Part 1)
- Up the Hill Backwards
- Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)
- Ashes to Ashes
- Teenage Wildlife
- Scream Like a Baby
- Kingdom Come
- Because You’re Young
- It’s No Game (Part 2)
- Space Oddity (re-recorded acoustic version)
- Panic in Detroit (re-recorded version)
- Crystal Japan
- Alabama Song
Rate – 5/5
Listening Since Day One
CDs – 16, Vinyl Singles – 15, LPs – 10, Downloads – 5
Total Tracks: 366, Time: 25h 58m 5s