Jack Hues of Wang Chung picks this as one of his top songs of the '80s. He explained to Songfacts
: "David Bowie was such a massive influence on me, especially in the early '80s, that I wanted to include something by him. Listening to this opening track from Scary Monsters
reminded me of everything I loved about his work at this time. His ear for the right vocal style for any given song was unerring and this vocal is extreme - the scream at the end of the first section he sings is naked, like Lennon's vocal on 'Mother
But Bowie is always shining light, playing with light on the surface, and this vocal throughout makes me smile. I love too that he is wrestling with the whole boring task of writing lyrics for the verses - his solutions are many and varied, but Michi Hirota gives him all the attitude he needs! Robert Fripp creates a demented alter-ego to counterpoint the voices and everything is delivered in that big live room acoustic that made Low
so exciting and completely original.
The structure of the song is linear, dictated by the poem that he uses for a lyric, so no chorus as such, but hooks are everywhere. Very much in the manner of songs on Blackstar
. A song that reminds you that, as Miles Davis was keen to tell his more studious players, 'Attitude' is everything."