Dog Eat Dog (Joni Mitchell album)

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Dog Eat Dog
Joni Dog.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 1985
GenrePop rock, experimental, new wave
ProducerJoni Mitchell, Larry Klein, Thomas Dolby, Mike Shipley
Joni Mitchell chronology
Wild Things Run Fast
Dog Eat Dog
Chalk Mark in a Rain Storm
Singles from Dog Eat Dog
  1. "Good Friends"
    Released: November 1985
  2. "Shiny Toys"
    Released: April 1986
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB+[2]
Rolling Stone(mixed) [3]

Dog Eat Dog is the 12th studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, released in 1985. It was her second album for Geffen Records. The album was a departure for Mitchell due to its synthetic sound (featuring production work by British synthesiser musician Thomas Dolby). Lyrically, the album dealt with prominent issues in mid 1980s society, such as Reaganism, televangelists, consumerism and famine in Ethiopia. One of Mitchell's more unusual songs, "Smokin' (Empty, Try Another)" was recorded by sampling the sound of the cigarette machine in the hall of the studio where Wild Things Run Fast was recorded. "Good Friends" was recorded as a duet with Michael McDonald; a video was produced for the song using film animation by Jim Blashfield. "Shiny Toys" and "Good Friends" were released as singles; "Shiny Toys" was also released in a 12" Extended Dance Single format, remix by François Kevorkian, and had a more complete lyric than the album version, featuring spoken voice by Thomas Dolby ("I LOVE being out on the golf course!").

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Joni Mitchell, except where noted.

Side one
1."Good Friends" 4:25
2."Fiction"Joni Mitchell, Larry Klein4:14
3."The Three Great Stimulants" 6:11
4."Tax Free"Joni Mitchell, Larry Klein4:19
5."Smokin' (Empty, Try Another)" 1:43
Side two
1."Dog Eat Dog"4:41
2."Shiny Toys"3:27
4."The Impossible Dreamer"4:30
5."Lucky Girl"4:02


  • Joni Mitchell – vocals, piano, keyboards, synthesizers, sound effects, cover painting
  • Michael McDonald – vocals on "Good Friends", background vocals on "Tax Free"
  • Larry Klein – keyboards, synthesizers, bass, programming; spoken vocals on "Fiction"
  • Thomas Dolby – keyboards, synthesizers, programming; spoken vocals on "Fiction" and "Shiny Toys"
  • Joe Smith – spoken vocals on "Fiction"
  • Rod Steiger – spoken vocals (evangelist speech) on "Tax Free"
  • Bob "Zyg" Winard – spoken vocals on "Shiny Toys"
  • Michael Landau – guitar
  • Steve Lukather – guitar on "Smokin' (Empty, Try Another)"
  • Larry Williams – flute, tenor saxophone on "Shiny Toys"
  • Kazu Matsui – shakahachi [sic] on "Ethiopia"
  • Wayne Shorter – soprano saxophone on "Impossible Dreamer", tenor saxophone on "Lucky Girl"
  • Jerry Hey – trumpet, flugelhorn, horn arrangement on "Shiny Toys"
  • Gary Grant – trumpet, flugelhorn on "Shiny Toys"
  • Vinnie Colaiuta – drums, samples
  • Alex Acuña – bata drum on "Impossible Dreamer"
  • Michael Fisher – percussion samples
  • Don Henley – background vocals on "Tax Free", "Dog Eat Dog" and "Shiny Toys"
  • James Taylor – background vocals on "Tax Free", "Dog Eat Dog" and "Shiny Toys"
  • Amy Holland – background vocals on "Tax Free"
  • Mike Shipley - engineer, mixing
  • Bob "Zyg" Winard, Dan Marien - assistant engineers
  • Glen Christensen - art direction

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William (2011). "Dog Eat Dog - Joni Mitchell | AllMusic". Retrieved 19 July 2011.
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ Rolling Stone review