Fascinating article on best albums of the 1980s. Higest Bowie position - 53

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7:06 AM - Oct 11, 2018 #1

I always seem to associate SM with the 70s as the stuff that followed in the 80s is largely forgettable, especially NLMD. This list kept me going for days! See all 200 albums here https://pitchfork.com/features/lists-an ... the-1980s/

  • David Bowie
Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)
Having sunk his teeth into a catalog of vibrant personas throughout the ’70s, David Bowie cracked open the ’80s by plundering the narrative potential of texture. The arch, mock-authoritative Bowie voice still holds sway over 1980’s Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), but the rich, dark rock’n’roll miasma he cooked up with Brian Eno for the Berlin Trilogy subsides, and something brighter and sharper comes into view. There's the shrill treble line that twinkles over “Ashes to Ashes,” the downward gulping that punctuates the title track, the oozing bass that pulses through “Fashion.” Bowie’s Berlin albums felt like a retreat from the world, but Scary Monsters plays like he’s trying to drink the world in and spit it right back out. It’s delirious with the absurdity of its commercialized new wave era, and drunk on Bowie’s own multifaceted history. Major Tom, the protagonist of his breakthrough hit “Space Oddity,” reappears on “Ashes to Ashes”—not lost on a noble space mission, but as an addict and a cautionary tale. Scary Monsters sees Bowie crashing back to earth, righting himself with a raised eyebrow, and finding so much that glitters in the wreckage. –Sasha Geffen
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9:33 AM - Oct 11, 2018 #2

I remember the first time I heard Ashes To Ashes - it was on the radio in some shop and I just stood under the speaker til it finished, thinking 'fuuuck, that's brilliant!'
Hah - I also remember a review of Scary Monsters that gave it three stars and concluded with something like 'maybe the next one will be better'!
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9:45 PM - Oct 11, 2018 #3

Though 1980 is really the 70's but ok. We'll call it the the 80's.
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