Mike's Murder (soundtrack)

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Mike's Murder
Mike's Murder (Joe Jackson album - cover art).jpg
1983 cover
Soundtrack album by Joe Jackson
Released September 1983[1]
Recorded 1983
Length 38:50
Label A&M Records
Producer Joe Jackson
Joe Jackson chronology
Night and Day
(1982)Night and Day1982
Mike's Murder
Body and Soul
(1984)Body and Soul1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

Mike's Murder is the 1983 motion picture soundtrack album from the film of the same name starring Debra Winger and written and directed by James Bridges.[1] The album features original music by Joe Jackson.[1][3]


When Jackson was asked to compose a song for the film, he composed several pieces that were released as an album in September 1983. The film was eventually scored by John Barry, with little of Jackson's music retained.[3] The album reached the Top 100 in the United States, and the song "Memphis" was released as a single. "Breakdown", another song from the album, was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Pop Instrumental Performance category.[3]

Mike's Murder was released on CD in 2006 on the Lilith label. The album's first five tracks were also included on the 2003 deluxe edition reissue of Jackson's Night and Day album.

In June 2009, Prometheus Records released a CD of John Barry's replacement soundtrack, containing the entire score.

Track listing[edit]

Written, arranged and produced by Joe Jackson.[1]

No. Title Length
1. "Cosmopolitan" 4:36
2. "1-2-3 Go! (This Town's a Fairground)" 3:00
3. "Laundromat Monday" 3:31
4. "Memphis" 4:44
5. "Moonlight" 4:21
6. "Zémio" (instrumental) 11:05
7. "Breakdown" (instrumental) 3:59
8. "Moonlight Theme" (instrumental) 3:25
Total length: 38:50




Year Record chart Position
1983 U.S. Billboard 200[1] #64


  1. ^ a b c d e Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography (5th ed.). Edinburgh: Mojo Books. pp. 485–486. ISBN 1-84195-017-3. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ a b c "Biography by William Ruhlmann". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 4 May 2009. 

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