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  • No Export for You: "Boys Keep Swinging" was never released as a single in the United States, being exclusive to the UK and continental Europe; executives at RCA didn't feel American audiences would take kindly to the song's androgynous undertones, and released "Look Back in Anger" in its place. Conversely, the single release of "Look Back in Anger" never officially made it out of the states.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The album's cover photo was originally shot with a professional-grade camera on Kodachrome film, producing a much higher-quality photo with an arguably more disturbing rendition of Bowie's face. However, Bowie preferred the gritty, lowbrow look of the alternate Polaroid photo and had that used instead. The Kodachrome photo would eventually be used as the interior gatefold artwork for the 2017 Tony Visconti not-remix of Lodger, released exclusively as part of the A New Career in a New Town [1977-1982] Boxed Set. The photo would also be used as the interior tray artwork for Parlophone's standalone CD release of the 1979 mix in 2018.
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    • Much of Tony Visconti's production work on the album is actually unfinished; he was working with a tightly constrained timeframe, and as a result, was not able to fulfill his creative intentions with the album's production. Visconti would later get the chance to finish what he started with The Not-Remix of Lodger in 2017.

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