I was lucky enough to be the younger brother. So in 1980 I had a teenage older sister who had Fashion and Scary Monsters on 7", and she had a friend with a Bowie fixation. Everything was going to be alright.
Fashion's 'woop woop woop' opening was mesmerizing. Scary Monster's howling at the moon lyrics - even for an 8 year old - were fascinating. Ashes To Ashes with the David 'doyenne of the 80s pop video' Mallett video that made NO sense, but had weird scenes of a broken Major Tom.
Nothing could have prepared me for the album they came off, but that was another 10 years....
Scary Monsters really is the culmination of everything Bowie had been doing until that time. It seems, to me anyway, a summation. Angular, aggressive, disturbing, paranoid, funky. Its No Game is genre-wise unplaceable, the screeching oriental words, the screeching Bowie singing, the screeching guitar of Robert Fripp.
The last truly groundbreaking album Bowie produced (well with a run like his it had to end sometime) - Scary Monsters was all about the new 80s utopian dawn. Bowie had caught on to the new romantic era, and had Steve Strange in his video for Ashes To Ashes to prove it, but he also looked back, and even tipped his clown hat to Major Tom. Shame the rest of the 80s didn't sound like this. Maybe thats why his 'mother' is scalding him on the beach in the Ashes To Ashes video. Mum's always know what you're about to do even before you've done it.
4 star ONLY because of all 3 singles coming one after the other. Awful mistake.