Dave Amitri on Scary Monsters and Super Creeps
While the rest of you have been compiling your best of 2021 and trying to avoid Last Christmas by Wham I’ve been listening to Scary Monsters and Super Creeps. My final Bowie album of the year.
Released in September 1980 just as many of his musical disciples were hitting their stride. Adam and The Ants were about to go full dressing up box with Kings of the Wild Frontier, The Associates had just released The Affectionate Punch, Visage were readying their eponymous album for release (more on them later) while Japan would release Gentlemen Take Polaroids in November 1980. All these bands and more had listened and watched and taken influence musically and visually from Bowie and now here they were releasing albums alongside him. What would Bowie come up with? His 12th album in under 10 years, 10 years of wildly varying styles and sounds that delighted, inspired, baffled and frustrated the music buying public in equal measure now competing with those he influenced.
There was a real hope that I could sign off on a 100% stone cold classic, where all the stars aligned and I could declare » Continue Reading.