Mr. Music Head

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Mr. Music Head
Adrian Belew - Mr. Music Head.jpg
Studio album by Adrian Belew
Released April 28, 1989
Recorded 1988–89
Studio Royal Recorders, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Genre Pop rock, progressive rock, electronic rock, avant garde
Length 45:09
Label Atlantic
Producer Adrian Belew
Adrian Belew chronology
Desire Caught by the Tail
Mr. Music Head
Young Lions
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[2]

Mr. Music Head is the fourth solo album by Adrian Belew, released in April 1989, and his first for Atlantic Records. It features his first solo hit single, "Oh Daddy".


The album was recorded following the unwilling split of Belew's mid-1980s band The Bears, which dissolved due to a lack of record company support (following which Belew managed to secure a solo deal). Belew recorded the majority of the album by himself, making use of his own multi-instrumental abilities and his ability to create assorted sonic and instrumental impressions via processed guitar sound. The album also features a prominent use of piano, an instrument on which Belew was not particularly confident but which he applied to many songs which he believed required it.

The album features Belew's second duet with his daughter Audie, with whom he had previously recorded the piano-and-guitar duet "The Final Rhino" on his Lone Rhino album in late 1981 (when Audie was four). This time, Belew wrote a humorous father-and-daughter pop duet for himself and the now-eleven-year-old Audie to sing, poking gentle fun at Belew's own pop ambitions and career to date. The song "Oh Daddy" was released as a single and became a hit: the video clip featured Belew playing the rubber-necked guitar prop which he'd previously employed for the Home of the Brave project with Laurie Anderson.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Adrian Belew, except where noted.

  1. "Oh Daddy" – 3:05
  2. "House of Cards" – 3:44
  3. "One of Those Days" – 3:21
  4. "Coconuts" (Belew, Stan Hertzman) – 3:29
  5. "Bad Days" – 3:06
  6. "Peaceable Kingdom" – 3:36
  7. "Hot Zoo" – 4:24
  8. "Motor Bungalow" – 3:36
  9. "Bumpity Bump" – 3:46
  10. "Bird in a Box" – 3:16
  11. "1967" – 5:23
  12. "Cruelty to Animals" – 4:23


  • The last track, "Cruelty to Animals", doesn't appear on vinyl and audio cassette versions.
  • The song "Coconuts" was used as the title track for the movie Much Ice Crew's Coconuts (1989).

Personnel (incomplete)[edit]

  • Mike Barnett – string bass on tracks 2, 11
  • Adrian Belew – piano, vocals, multi-instruments, producer
  • Audie Belew – vocals on "Oh Daddy"
  • Rich Denhart – engineer