This album was released immediately following Bowie's late 70s"Berlin" period, which saw him working with Brian Eno and mixing electronic sounds with some of his more art-rock leanings. So, what do you do next when you are David Bowie, an artist generally known to never rest on his laurels and always doing SOMETHING new or at leastdifferent than the last? Get back to pop songs, of course, with "Fashion" and "Ashes to Ashes" being probably the most well known
cuts off of "Scary Monsters". Oh, and hire Robert Fripp to add his angular, dense proggy guitar leads to over half of the record. Yeah. Not sure what's with the weird Ono-ish female vocal on "It's No Game" but even that doesn't stop me from loving this odd record that i find myself coming back to more than most other of Bowie's records.
I saw Bowie at the Roseland Ballroom in NYC back in '97 I think it was (7 rows back, GA!), and he opened with the title track, "Scary Monsters", but played it more in the style he was entertaining then - Reznor-ish heavy rock. Re-invented again. And still awesome.