Crime of Passion (Mike Oldfield song)

"Crime of Passion" is a non-album single by musician Mike Oldfield, released in 1984 on Virgin Records. The song features Barry Palmer performing vocals.

"Crime of Passion"
Crime of Passion (Mike Oldfield).jpg
Single by Mike Oldfield
B-side"Jungle Gardenia"
Released3 January 1984 [1]
GenrePop rock
Length4:08
LabelVirgin
Songwriter(s)Mike Oldfield
Producer(s)Mike Oldfield
Mike Oldfield singles chronology
"Shadow on the Wall"
(1983)
"Crime of Passion"
(1984)
"To France"
(1984)

Song analysisEdit

The front cover features a sepia photograph of Mike Oldfield's mother Maureen, who died in January 1974, ten years before the release of this single.[2] The song was released between Oldfield's albums Crises and Discovery.

The music video for "Crime of Passion" takes place in a surrealistic children's play room featuring books, giant blocks (with letters on them), a girl on a swing, a military drummer and a clown. In the video Oldfield performs in a 'mechanical' fashion with Ovation and Fender Stratocaster guitars, while Palmer sits on a box and sings. The video is available on the Elements – The Best of Mike Oldfield video.

Track listingEdit

7-inch singleEdit

  1. "Crime of Passion" – 3:37
  2. "Jungle Gardenia" – 2:44

12-inch singleEdit

  1. "Crime of Passion" (Extended version) – 4:08
  2. "Jungle Gardenia" – 2:44

ChartsEdit

Chart (1984) Peak
position
Denmark[3] 1
Greece[4] 3
Ireland (IRMA)[5] 22
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[6] 10
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[7] 17
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 61
West Germany (Official German Charts)[9] 17

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mike Oldfield singles".
  2. ^ "Singles". Amadian. Retrieved 1 March 2009.
  3. ^ Eurotipsheet #1, 1984
  4. ^ Eurotipsheet #1, 1984
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 June 2009. Retrieved 4 March 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Mike Oldfield – Crime of Passion". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  7. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Mike Oldfield – Crime of Passion". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  8. ^ officialcharts.com
  9. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Mike Oldfield – Crime of Passion". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 25 February 2019.

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