2017 remastered reissue of Bowie's 1980 album Scary Monsters.
Fresh off his Berlin trilogy (Low, Heroes, Lodger), David Bowie released Scary Monsters. In some ways, it was one of the most avant-garde, convention-defying records of his career: The first voice we hear on it is actress Michi Hirota's, shouting in Japanese; a lot of its lyrics suggest the "cutup" technique that Bowie had learned from William S. Burroughs; and it's shot through with dissonance and bursts of unexpected noise.
An album that continued the cool, detached, electronic-flavoured sound he'd been experimenting with on the aforementioned records. robert fripp's distinctively angular guitar style contributes greatly to the resulting Kraftwerk-flavoured funk of "Fashion" and the jittery paranoia of the title track. Elsewhere, Bowie updates the saga of Major Tom with "Ashes to Ashes" and turns to Tom Verlaine for the new wave nihilism of "Kingdom Come" which also features Fripp on guitar. Robert Fripp was far from the only great guest invited to play on Scary Monsters. Pete Townshend's swirling guitar on "Because You're Young" made it an underrated classic in Bowie's canon. Scary Monsters proved to be David Bowie's last musical effort for a while as he spent the next three years pursuing a career in acting before returning to the studio in 1983 to record Let's Dance.