Wild Things Run Fast

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Wild Things Run Fast
Studio album by Joni Mitchell
Released October 1982
Recorded 1981-1982
Genre Folk jazz, Pop/Rock
Length 36:05
Label Geffen
Producer Joni Mitchell
Joni Mitchell chronology
Shadows and Light
Wild Things Run Fast
Dog Eat Dog
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (B)[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[3]

Wild Things Run Fast is Joni Mitchell's 11th studio album and her first for Geffen Records. Released in 1982, it represents her departure from jazz to a more 80s pop sound. This was her first album to work with bassist Larry Klein, whom she married in 1982. Klein would play bass and co-produce her next four albums.

The resulting world tour took Mitchell through the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia. A video of the tour was released in 1983, entitled Refuge of the Roads. The recorded performances were not live but recorded in a studio once the tour had been completed, with applause dubbed-in in post-production. There was also some Super 8 footage taken by Mitchell on the road. It has since been released on DVD.

Mitchell claimed that her inspiration for the album came from hearing the music of popular bands such as Steely Dan, Talking Heads and The Police at a discothèque during a trip to the Caribbean in 1981. She said that hearing The Police, especially, affected her sound, saying, "their rhythmic hybrids, and the positioning of the drums, and the sound of the drums, was one of the main calls out to me to make a more rhythmic album".[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Joni Mitchell, except where noted. 

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Chinese Café / Unchained Melody" (Joni Mitchell / Alex North, Hy Zaret) 5:17
2. "Wild Things Run Fast"   2:12
3. "Ladies' Man"   2:37
4. "Moon at the Window"   3:42
5. "Solid Love"   2:57
Side two
No. Title Length
6. "Be Cool"   4:12
7. "(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care" (Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller) 2:36
8. "You Dream Flat Tires"   2:50
9. "Man to Man"   3:42
10. "Underneath the Streetlight"   2:14
11. "Love"   3:46