Classic guitar albums of 1979: David Bowie's Lodger

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Lodger is generally regarded as the last in the “Berlin” trilogy of Bowie albums - although ironically it was recorded in Switzerland and the U.S. The album had a mixed reception at the time of release, although it has been favorably reappraised in the numerous Bowie retrospectives that seem to turn up every year. The oft-repeated “reinvention” notion was reaching the end of another cycle with this album. Continuing Bowie’s knack for finding great guitarists to compliment his vision, this was the first appearance of Adrian Belew - who’d previously worked with Frank Zappa - on a Bowie record, replacing Robert Fripp. Belew was unconventional enough to be the right man at the right time for some of the experimental recording techniques and left-field methodologies being employed.

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Mark McStea

Mark is a freelance writer with particular expertise in the fields of ‘70s glam, punk, rockabilly and classic ‘50s rock and roll. He sings and plays guitar in his own musical project, Star Studded Sham, which has been described as sounding like the hits of T. Rex and Slade as played by Johnny Thunders. He had several indie hits with his band, Private Sector and has worked with a host of UK punk luminaries. Mark also presents themed radio shows for Generating Steam Heat. He has just completed his first novel, The Bulletproof Truth, and is currently working on the sequel.