Mike's Murder


CD coverLP: Joe Jackson score (no Barry music)

CD: Prometheus Records PCR-521

  1. Mike's Murder - Main Title (2:37)
  2. Cautious (0:56)
  3. Hide Out (0:48)
  4. Up Top (0:49)
  5. Welcome Again (1:04)
  6. Bedroom (1:18)
  7. Waiting For Phone (0:47)
  8. Coke (1:34)
  9. Smoke or Not (0:52)
  10. Mike is Dead (1:34)
  11. Betty and Sam (0:37)
  12. Driving (1:00)
  13. More Driving (1:43)
  14. Bloody Room (2:42)
  15. Mirror (0:34)
  16. Betty and Pete (2:07)
  17. Pete and Knife (4:05)
  18. Home Again / Mike's Murder / End Credits (3:09)
  19. Bonus Tracks:

  20. Mike's Murder - Outttake suite (18:40)
  21. Mike's Murder - Main Title
  22. Up Top
  23. Coke
  24. Mike is Dead
  25. More Driving
  26. Blood Room
  27. Betty and Pete
  28. Pete and Knife
  29. Mike's Murder - End Credits
  30. Source cues:

  31. Sushi Bar Muzak (3:01)
  32. Rock Source Cue - Mix #1 (1:49)
  33. Rock Source Cue - Mix #2 (3:01)

The Movie

Debra Winger falls for tennis teacher Mike (Mark Keyloun), who gets killed. When Deb starts looking for him, it leads her into the dangerous underground of illegal drugs. The movie rarely plays on US TV and I've only seen a very small bit.

The Music

To come

Release Notes

This is an interesting illustration of the goofiness of the film music world. In the old days under the studio system, a movie would be assigned to a composer and that was it. Unless the studio head hated the music, he'd go with the score. And if he hated the music, chances are the composer would be fired from the studio, not just the film.

But since then, when movies became a project-by-project coalition of creative forces, film scores are no longer a given. A composer can be hired and turn in his work, and then have it rejected and another composer hired to redo it—in whole or in part. Anyone who's worked long enough will end up on either side of this equasion. Alex North's score for 2001 was replaced by classical music. Lalo Schifrin's score for The Excorcist was rejected. Michele Legrand's score for The Appointment was rejected in favor of a John Barry score, which was subsequently rejected for a Stu Philips score. The list is endless.

In this case, Joe Jackson scored Mike's Murder and it was subsequently rejected and John Barry was brought in. It's Barry's music that's on the film. But Joe Jackson probably had the deal with the record company, and it's his score that got released on the soundtrack LP (I'll bet the record company loved that). So while Barry did score Mike's Murder and you'll hear the music if you watch the film, you won't find any of it on the soundtrack LP. Something similar to this happened in reverse on Mercury Rising, where portions of the Barry's work were rejected in favor of Carter Burwell's, but none of Burwell's music appears on the soundtrack.

Such is the nature of film music in modern film.

Barry's music was finally released on compact disc only recently.

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