Album: Lodger, 1979
Justification: Justification? This is the best Bowie song ever. No contest.
I’ll add my voice to the Lodger Is Bowie’s Most Underrated Album choir too, while I’m at it. This aside, it’s also got ‘DJ’ and ‘Look Back In Anger’ on it, and yet it’s considered to be the lacklustre culmination of the Bowie/Brian Eno relationship. It’s the third of the “Berlin trilogy” (though made primarily in New York) and preceded by Low and “Heroes”. And the brilliantly not-quite-there playing is reportedly by getting the musicians to rehearse the song, and then at the last minute swap instruments (guitarist Carlos Alomar is on drums, drummer Dennis David played bass, and Adrian Belew added those impossible guitar lines as he always did). It’s the same trick that Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians did when they recorded ‘Tell Me About Your Drugs’, the spirited closing track on Element of Light, incidentally.
For some reason Bowie has rarely played it live, despite it being an absolute stomper.