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Released: Sept. 12, 1980

Rating: 4.143 (average of 18 ratings)

Genre: rock > glam

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. It’s No Game, Pt. 1 [4:20]
  2. Up the Hill Backwards [3:15]
  3. Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) [5:12]
  4. Ashes to Ashes [4:25]
  5. Fashion [4:49]
  6. Teenage Wildlife [6:56]
  7. Scream Like a Baby [3:35]
  8. Kingdome Come (Verlaine) [3:45]
  9. Because You’re Young [4:54]
  10. It’s No Game, Pt. 2 [4:22]
Songs written by David Bowie unless indicated otherwise.

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only --
sales in U.K. only - estimated 0.3
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 4.5


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 12
peak on U.K. album chart 1 2

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Ashes to Ashes (8/1/80) #1 UK
  • Fashion (10/24/80) #70 US
  • Scary Monsters and Super Creeps (1/2/81) #20 UK
  • Up the Hill Backwards (3/28/81) #32 UK

Notes: The 1992 Rykodisc reissue adds the 1979 recordings of “Space Oddity” and “Panic in Detroit” as well as the singles “Crystal Japan” and “Alabama Song.”



Scary Monsters
David Bowie
“David Bowie returned to relatively conventional rock & roll with Scary Monsters, an album that effectively acts as an encapsulation of all his '70s experiments. Reworking glam rock themes with avant-garde synth flourishes, and reversing the process as well, Bowie creates dense but accessible music throughout Scary Monsters. Though it doesn't have the vision of his other classic records, it wasn't designed to break new ground — it was created as the culmination of Bowie's experimental genre-shifting of the '70s. As a result, Scary Monsters is Bowie's last great album. While the music isn't far removed from the post-punk of the early '80s, it does sound fresh, hip, and contemporary, which is something Bowie lost over the course of the ‘80s.” STE

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Last updated March 29, 2010.