SP-4931 Mike's Murder Soundtrack
Produced by Joe Jackson
Released on September 1983
US CHART POSITION #64
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SP-4931 cover
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S aw the movie. Kinda sucked. Boy meets death, Girl meets his unpleasant past in the search for his killers. Debra Winger was in it. My girlfriend made me see it. Joe Jackson wrote a soundtrack for it. They didn’t use his soundtrack. They used snippets of his earlier stuff. Joe released the soundtrack anyway, even before the film came out. I bought it. Kinda sucked. Sounded like his last album but, quality-wise, the difference was night and day. “Memphis” didn’t step out, it stepped in it. Some bozo released it as the single anyway. The rest of the album was wearily familiar, JJ riffing in the idiom of his last album. He seems to have taken the soundtrack experiment at face value, writing from the perspective of the characters rather than himself. However, he didn’t like the movie characters any more than I did; “Cosmopolitan” and “1-2-3-Go (This Town’s a Fairground)” are pretty harsh. Jackson ended up paying the price for Mike’s Murder. As the followup to Night And Day, it was a failure. Body And Soul came out six months later, but (for the first time) I wasn’t buying it. In retrospect, I guess I resented his repudiation of rock music. But when Jumpin’ Jive and Night And Day came out, JJ sounded so smart and sophisticated, like an older brother back from his first summer of college, that I didn’t notice the arrogance. I did on Mike’s Murder and it killed the mood for me. The idea that Joe Jackson could write music around anything-even a mediocre film-is presumptuous. However, since this album is as much an extension of the Night And Day sessions as a proper soundtrack, Mike’s Murder has garnered more critical attention than it deserves. And I’m not helping any, so forget everything I’ve said and fill this in with an asterisk or something.

SP-4931 back cover
SP-4931 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. COSMOPOLITAN    4:36
  2. 1-2-3-GO (THIS TOWN'S A FAIRGROUND)    3:00
  3. LAUNDROMAT MONDAY    3:31
  4. MEMPHIS    4:44
  5. MOONLIGHT    4:21
  6. ZEMIO    11:05
  7. BREAKDOWN    3:59
  8. MOONLIGHT THEME    3:25

    All songs written and arranged by Joe Jackson

CREDITS

JOE JACKSON -- vocals, all keyboards, vibes, xylophone, percussion and alto sax
SUE HADJOPOULOS -- congas, bongos and percussion
GRAHAM MABY -- bass
LARRY TOLFREE -- drums
Joy Askew -- Prophet V synthesizer programming
Jeffrey Gold and Becky Shargo -- soundtrack executive producers
Brad Leigh -- engineer
Phil Jamtaas -- remix engineer
Greg Gorman -- photography
Peter Sorel -- front cover photo
Chuck Beeson -- art direction
Melanie Nissen -- design

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK September 1983 A&M LP AMLX-64931  
US/CAN September 1983 A&M LP/CS SP/CS-4931  
NET 1983 A&M LP AMLH-64931  
US January 31, 1006 Lilith CD 103  

 

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