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"
Released 3 January 1984 (1984-01-03)
Format 7", 12" vinyl
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:08
Label Virgin
Writer(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 black and white 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
Germany (Official German Charts)[2] 17
Ireland (IRMA)[3] 22
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[4] 10
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[5] 17
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[6] 61


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