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Released: May 25, 1979

Rating: 3.913 (average of 15 ratings)

Genre: glam rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Fantastic Voyage (Bowie/Eno) [2:54]
  2. African Night Flight (Bowie/Eno) [2:55]
  3. Move On [3:18]
  4. Yassassin (Turkish for: Long Live) [4:11]
  5. Red Sails (Bowie/Eno) [3:44]
  6. D.J. [4:00]
  7. Look Back in Anger [3:06]
  8. Boys Keep Swinging (Bowie/Eno) [3:18]
  9. Repetition [2:59]
  10. Red Money [6:59]
Songs written by ? unless indicated otherwise.

Total Running Time: 45:41


sales in U.S. only --
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 2 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 20
peak on U.K. album chart 4


  • Boys Keep Swinging (4/27/79) #7 UK
  • D.J. (6/29/79) #29 UK

Notes: The 1991 Rykodisc reissue included the previously unreleased 1979 song “I Pray Olé” and a new version of “Look Back in Anger” Recorded in 1988.

David Bowie
“On the surface, Lodger is the most accessible of the three Berlin-era records David Bowie made with Brian Eno, simply because there are no instrumentals and there are a handful of concise pop songs. Nevertheless, Lodger is still gnarled and twisted avant pop; what makes it different is how it incorporates such experimental tendencies into genuine songs, something that Low and Heroes purposely avoided. D.J., Look Back in Anger, and Boys Keep Swinging have strong melodic hooks that are subverted and strengthened by the layered, dissonant productions, while the remainder of the record is divided between similarly effective avant pop and ambient instrumentals. Lodger has an edgier, more minimalistic bent than its two predecessors, which makes it more accessible for rock fans, as well as giving it a more immediate, emotional impact. It might not stretch the boundaries of rock like Low and Heroes, but it arguably utilizes those ideas in a more effective fashion” (Erlewine).

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Last updated March 31, 2008.