Teenage Wildlife (6:56)

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From Vampires of Human Flesh and 10 other releases

“Teenage Wildlife” is a song written by David Bowie in 1980 for the album Scary Monsters. Running at almost seven minutes, the song was the longest track on Scary Monsters, and Bowie’s longest composition since “Station to Station” four years prior in 1976.

Aside from “Ashes to Ashes”, “Teenage Wildlife” was perhaps the album’s most personal lyric. Against a musical backdrop that owed much to his classic song “Heroes”, including textural guitar work from both Robert Fripp and Chuck Hammer, Bowie appeared to take aim squarely at his post-punk artistic godchildren, particularly Gary Numan:

A broken-nosed mogul are you
One of the new wave boys
Same old thing in brand new drag
Comes sweeping into view
As ugly as a teenage millionaire
Pretending it’s a whiz-kid world

In a recent article for the Mail On Sunday, Bowie revealed that his vocal performance on this song was an imitation of American girl group singer, Ronnie Spector.

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