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Scary Monsters

SCARY MONSTERS (AND SUPER CREEPS)

Released 12 September 1980

RCA BOW LP2

Side One

It's No Game (No. 1)

Up the Hill Backwards

Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)

Ashes to Ashes

Fashion

Side Two

Teenage Wildlife

Scream Like a Baby

Kingdom Come

Because You're Young

It's No Game (No. 2)

David Bowie (vocals, keyboards)

Carlos Alomar (guitars)

George Murray (bass)

Robert Fripp (guitar)

Dennis Davis (percussion)

Chuck Hammer (guitar)

Roy Bittan (piano)

Andy Clark (synthesiser)

Pete Townshend (guitar)

Lynn Maitland, Chris Porter (vocal backing)

Michi Hirota (Voice on 'It's No Game' (No. 1)

Tony Visconti (acoustic guitar, backing vocals)

Produced by David Bowie and Tony Visconti

February 1980

Bowie returns to New York to start work on Scary Monsters album at New York's Power Station. After two and a half weeks only It's No Game No.2 was entirely complete.

The rest of the tracks were left as instrumental and shelved until Bowie had a chance to revisit them with fresh ideas for lyrics.

Also recorded during the sessions was Crystal Japan, intended to close the album before the It's No Game No.2 reprise took its place.

The album was completed in London at Visconti's Good Earth Studios. The LP marked the return to a more conventional style of writing as Tony Visconti had witnessed.

Bowie and Tony Visconti

"He actually sat down and wrote the songs for a change, for David, this is good form."

May 1980

Final production touches in London.

Art by Edward Bell and Duffy

The sleeve, commissioned by Bowie, began with a photo session with photographer/designer Duffy (who designed the iconic Aladdin Sane sleeve) which he took to Edward Bell who developed the sleeve design using cut outs of old Bowie album sleeves, whitewashing them to symbolise the discarding of Bowie's old personae.

Bowie was sufficiently pleased with the result that he commissioned Bell for a further portrait from the session which was included on the cover of the 1982 Bowie calendar and entitled Glamour.

The make-up for the clown/Pierrot image created for the 'Scary Monster' concept was designed by specialist Richard Sharah:

David came to me and said he wanted a Pierrot look, and he let me design from there. Most of the time I draw up some ideas and then work with the subject around those. The preparation for David's make-up took one and a half hours.

The clown costume was designed by Natasha Kornilof, friendly with Bowie since his days with Lindsay Kemp. She also designed the white sailor's outfit Bowie wore on the 1978 world tour.

Scary costume
Glamour
 

SINGLE RELEASES

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US version

Ashes to Ashes / Move On single was released in three different covers, the first 100,000 copies containing one of a series of four sheets of nine stamps, designed by Bowie.

Ashes to Ashes / It's No Game (part 1)
[US release]

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The stamps idea came from American mail-art specialist, Jerry Dreva, once of the Bon Bons Hollywood glam-art group.

Bowie acknowledged this by marking Bon Bon on each one of the stamps on the covers.

OTHER SINGLE RELEASES

Fashion 7" single

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Scary Monsters 7" single

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Scary Monsters 12" single (Germany)

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Up The Hill Backwards 12" single with bonus sheet of stamps

PROMO RELEASES

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The Continuing Story of Major Tom

12-inch promo single issued by RCA in US featuring:

Space Oddity (original version segued into Ashes to Ashes - edited version) / Ashes to Ashes (LP version)

 

 

7-inch promo single issued by RCA in US featuring:

Ashes to Ashes - edited version

[RCA JH12078]

David Bowie - RCA Radio Series

Promo LP issued in the US featuring the complete Scary Monsters LP and Space Oddity (1979 version) (RCA DJLI-3829A).

Scary Monsters interview 12-inch promotional album

"In which David discuss songs on his new album, Scary Monsters. You are the interviewer."


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DAVID LIVE  |  YOUNG AMERICANS  |  STATION TO STATION  |  LOW  |  HEROES  |  LODGER  |  SCARY MONSTERS

CRACKED ACTOR  |  THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH  |  JUST A GIGOLO  |  THE ELEPHANT MAN

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