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David Bowie

Boys Keep Swinging

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“Boys Keep Swinging” is a song by the English singer-songwriter David Bowie. It was released as a single from his album Lodger on 27 April 1979. 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 (“Fantastic Voyage” was also the B-side to the single of “Boys Keep Swinging”). Bowie’s deep voice satire machismo and the lyrics have juxtaposed depictions of male privilege and homoeroticism, for example: “When... Read on...

Song lines: ♪ When you're a boy ... Boys ... Boys always work it out

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