David Bowie

Song Review by Dave Thompson

"Fashion," one of the finest cuts on 1980's Scary Monsters album, was originally written as a funk/reggae hybrid built around a rhythm David Bowie had already employed on 1976's "Golden Years." Originally titled "Jamaica," "Fashion" took on its familiar form following the arrival in the studio of Robert Fripp -- his so-characteristic guitar twists around the rhythm like a snake, before devouring the song's overt dancey-ness whole. As culture clashes go, "Fashion" takes a lot of beating.

Released as the follow-up to the "Ashes to Ashes" single, "Fashion" readily gave Bowie a Top Five hit in Britain and, live, has developed into one of his most reliably malleable numbers.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Scary Monsters 1980 Virgin 4:49
Changestwobowie 1981 Parlophone / Rhino 3:25
Cool Cats: 25 Years of Rock 'N' Roll Style 1984
Various Artists
Fame & Fashion 1984 RCA 4:50
Changesbowie 1990 Rykodisc 4:49
The Singles: 1969-1993 1993 Rykodisc 3:23
The Video Collection 1993 Rykodisc
The Singles Collection 1993 EMI Music Distribution 4:47
The Singles Collection 2 2000 EMI Music Distribution 4:47
Electric Dreams: '80s Synth Pop Classics 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Best of Bowie 2002 Virgin 3:27
The Best of Bowie [DVD] 2002 Virgin 3:35
Hang All DJ's, Vol. 3 2003 Head Traxx 1:48
Raising Helen 2004
Original Soundtrack
Hollywood 3:27
The Platinum Collection 2006 Virgin 3:26
The Best of David Bowie 1980-1987 2007 Virgin 3:26
Anthems: Electronic '80s 2009
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 4:08
A Symphony of British Music: Music for the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games 2012
Various Artists
Decca / Umc 3:33
Nothing Has Changed 2014 Columbia / Legacy 3:26
Legacy 2016 Columbia / Legacy / Sony Music 0:00
A New Career in a New Town [1977-1982] 2017 Parlophone / Rhino 4:50
Loving the Alien [1983-1988] 2018 Parlophone / Rhino 5:04
Electronic 80s [2010]
Various Artists
EMI / Mixed Repertoire 4:47
Montreal 1983: The Canadian Broadcast 2 CD Set Golden Rain 2:37
The New Romantics [EMI 2009]
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution