During the Lodger recording sessions, Bowie had wanted to capture a garage band style for the track, and decided the best way to achieve this sound was to get the band to swap instruments. Guitarist Carlos Alomar played drums and drummer Dennis Davis played bass. The final result had a post-punk feel.
"Boys Keep Swinging" has exactly the same chord sequence as the song "Fantastic Voyage" from the same album…
Heaven loves ya, the clouds part for ya
Nothing stands in your way
When you're a boy