Crime of Passion (Mike Oldfield song)

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"Crime of Passion"
Crime of Passion (Mike Oldfield).jpg
Single by Mike Oldfield
B-side"Jungle Gardenia"
ReleasedDecember 1983 (1983-12)
Format7", 12" vinyl
GenrePop rock
Songwriter(s)Mike Oldfield
Producer(s)Mike Oldfield
Mike Oldfield singles chronology
"Shadow on the Wall"
"Crime of Passion"
"To France"

"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.

Song analysis[edit]

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.[1] 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 listing[edit]

7-inch single[edit]

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

12-inch single[edit]

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


Chart (1984) Peak
Denmark[2] 1
Greece[3] 3
Ireland (IRMA)[4] 22
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[5] 10
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[6] 17
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 61
West Germany (Official German Charts)[8] 17


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

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