Guilty (Mike Oldfield song)

"Guilty" is a single by musician Mike Oldfield, released in 1979 on Virgin Records. It reached number 22 in the UK Singles Chart. It is notable for being Oldfield's first obvious attempt to capitalise on a current musical trend, in this case disco/dance music. The UK 12" edition was originally issued on pale blue vinyl.

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Single by Mike Oldfield
B-side"Excerpt from Incantations"
Released21 April 1979 (1979-04-21)
RecordedNew York City, New York
LabelVirgin Records
Songwriter(s)Mike Oldfield
Producer(s)Mike Oldfield
Mike Oldfield singles chronology
"Take Four"
"Blue Peter"


The composition came from Oldfield's desire to create an up-tempo tune based on a more interesting chord structure than what was typical to disco music; it is built on the circle of fifths chord previously used as the leitmotif of the musician's album Incantations.[1] When Oldfield was in New York recording Platinum and "Guilty" he recorded a disco arrangement of his first album, Tubular Bells.[2] A version of Free's "All Right Now" was also recorded during these sessions.

Music videoEdit

The music video for "Guilty" is in a colourful cartoon style. A promo video for "Guilty 2013" was released by earMusic, which features a shortened version of the "Guilty Electrofunk Mix" from the Oldfield/York remix album Tubular Beats. In 2011 Moist Creations had released a screenshot from this titled "Guilty 2011".

Track listingEdit

7" singleEdit

  1. "Guilty" Mike Oldfield – 4:00
  2. "Excerpt from Incantations" Mike Oldfield – 4:10

12" super giant 45Edit

  1. "Guilty (Long version)" Mike Oldfield – 6:44
  2. "Guilty" Mike Oldfield – 4:02



Chart (1979) Position
UK Singles (OCC)[4] 22


  1. ^ The Essential Mike Oldfield (Videotape). Virgin Video. 1980. 1 minutes in.
  2. ^ "Rare Tracks". Amarok ( Retrieved 2008-08-14.
  3. ^ Guilty (12" single liner notes). Mike Oldfield. United Kingdom: Virgin Records. 1979-04-06. VS 24512.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  4. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2013-04-08.