“Careless Whisper” is a 1984 single by Wham!, released by Epic Records in the UK, Japan and other countries; and by Columbia Records in North America. The song features a saxophone riff, and has been covered by a number of artists since its first release. It was released as a single and became a huge commercial success on both sides of the Atlantic.
It reached number one in nearly twenty-five countries, selling about six million copies worldwide. It was Michael’s first number one single as solo artist and ranks as one of the most successful songs of the 1980s.
“Love Is in the Air” is a 1977 disco song sung by John Paul Young. It became his only worldwide hit during 1978, peaking at #2 on the Australian charts and #5 in the UK singles chart. In the United States, the song peaked at #7 on the pop chart and spent two weeks at #1 on the adult contemporary chart, his only US hit.
In 2007, the song was also covered by Rupert Everett and Colin Firth for the movie St. Trinian’s.
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.
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.
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