BBC 6 Music: Gideon Coe just played Breaking Glass. It was one of those occasions when your ears prick up in recognition but, because it is unexpected and out of context, you can’t place it for a moment but get lost in the wonder of it.
The way the melodrama of the lyric is sung in an understated voice and the angst is switched to the backing vocal is sheer genius. Bowie is always so good at backing vocals.
I may have to start work on a list of brilliant counter-intuitive switch-arounds and lateral thinking in music. When his trumpet player splits his lip, Glenn Miller rewrites the arrangement with a clarinet lead and creates Moonlight Serenade. That sort of thing.
…Unless it just ends up being dominated by The Beatles and Bowie…hohum.