Posted by DjPaulT on January 26th, 2016
BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1980
“Fashion” is a track from David Bowie’s 1980 album Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps). It was released as the second single from the album and was accompanied, like its predecessor “Ashes to Ashes”, by a highly regarded music video.
“Fashion” was the second single from Scary Monsters and the first issued after the album’s September 1980 release. The edited 7″ cut reached No. 5 in the UK, and by hitting No. 70 in America gave Bowie his first chart single there for four years. Bowie performed the song on several tours, and it is included in the 1983 concert film Serious Moonlight. It was featured in the movie Clueless. During the Closing Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics, “Fashion” was used during a tribute to the British fashion industry in a parade that featured a number of top models from the UK.
According to co-producer Tony Visconti, “Fashion” was the last song completed in the Scary Monsters sessions, its bassline and some of the melody taking inspiration from Bowie’s 1975 hit “Golden Years”. Guest guitarist Robert Fripp contributed a series of harsh, mechanical riffs to complement the band’s funk/reggae arrangement.
The track was noted for its emotionally vacant choir effect, and the recurring onomatopoeia “beep beep” that Bowie had first used in an unreleased 1970 song called “Rupert the Riley”. Another phrase in the lyrics that Bowie borrowed from his past was “People from Bad Homes”, the title track of a 1973 album he recorded with his protégés The Astronettes, which went unreleased until 1995.
References to a “goon squad” coming to town provoked theories that the song actually concerns fascism (“the National Front invade the discos”, inferred NME critics Roy Carr and Charles Shaar Murray). However Bowie played down this interpretation in an interview shortly before the release of Scary Monsters, saying that what he was trying to do was “move on a little from that Ray Davies concept of fashion, to suggest more of a gritted teeth determination and an unsuredness about why one’s doing it”. Biographer David Buckley believed the song “poked fun at the banality of the dance-floor and the style fascists” of the New Romantic movement.
Fashion (Full Length Version) 4:49
Fashion (Edited Version) 3:25
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint (company)
U.S. CHART HISTORY:
|1980||Fashion||U.S. Billboard Hot 100||#70|
Label: RCA Victor – JD-12140
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 ⅓ RPM, Promo
Genre: Electronic, Rock
Style: New Wave
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From the album “SCARY MONSTERS”
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