Barry Adamson ‎– Oedipus Schmoedipus

Mute ‎– 9019-2
CD, Album

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1 Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Pelvis
Arranged By [String Arrangement Collaboration] – Audrey Riley, Billy McGeeBacking Vocals – Beverly Skeet*, Chantel Mapp, Roy Hamilton, Zeitia Massiah*Guitar – Mark De Lane LeaVocals – Jarvis CockerWritten-By – Barry Adamson, Jarvis Cocker
2 Something Wicked This Way Comes
Arranged By [String Arrangement Collaboration] – Audrey Riley, Billy McGeeClarinet – Pete WymanMixed By – Kevin PetrieMixed By [Assisted By] – John PendletonOrgan [Hammond] – Seamus BeaghenWritten-By – Thaws*, Vowles*, Adamson*, Blackwell*, Marshall*, Middlesbrooke*, Datin*, Vidalin*, Shapiro*, Del-Naja*
3 The Vibes Ain't Nothin' But The Vibes
Piano – Seamus BeaghenWritten-By – Barry Adamson
4 It's Business As Usual
Mixed By – Kevin PetrieMixed By [Assisted By] – John PendletonVoice [Voice Overs] – Carla Bozlavich*, John NapierWritten-By – Barry Adamson, Carla Bozlavich*, John Napier
5 Miles
Piano – Seamus BeaghenSaxophone – Pete WymanWritten-By – William Laswell*, Miles Davis, Robert Shakespeare*, Sly Dunbar
6 Dirty Barry
Programmed By [Additional Programming] – Ivor WimborneSounds [Additional] – Kevin PetrieWritten-By – Barry Adamson
7 In A Moment Of Clarity
Flute [Alto] – Ileana RuhemannSaxophone – Pete WymanWritten-By – Barry Adamson
8 Achieved In The Valley Of Dolls
Co-producer – Barry Adamson, Ivor WimborneGuitar [Additional] – Ken LowProgrammed By [Additional Programming] – Ivor WimborneVocals – Billy McKenzie*Written-By – Barry Adamson, Billy McKenzie*
9 Vermillion Kisses
Narrator [Storyteller] – Miranda GoochWritten-By – Barry Adamson
10 The Big Bamboozle
Flute [Alto] – Ileana RuhemannWritten-By – Barry Adamson
11 State Of Contraction
Written-By – Barry Adamson
12 The Sweetest Embrace
Guitar [Classical] – Richard HandVocals – Nick CaveWritten-By – Barry Adamson, Nick Cave
13 Set The Controls Again
Written-By – Barry Adamson

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Written, arranged, performed and produced at GT Eden, Wessex and Worldwide recording studios London, England.

Cut at The Townhouse.

Cover photograph - still from Philippe Garrel's 'Le Revelateur'.

Jarvis Cocker appears courtesy of Island Records Ltd. Sample of "Vertigo" taken from "The Vertigo Suite" courtesy of Famous Music Corporation. Sample of "O' Les Temps des Souvenirs" by Françoise Hardy courtesy of BMG Records (UK) Ltd. on behalf of Disques Vogue. Sample of "Blue Lines" by Massive Attack used courtesy of Virgin Records.

Published by Mute Song, except
"Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Pelvis" Mute Song/Island Music Limited;
"Something Wicked This Way Comes" Mute Song/BMG Music Publishing/EMI Music Publishing/Island Music Ltd.;
"It's Business As Usual" Mute Song/Copyright Control
"Miles" More Cut Music/Jazz Horn Music, adm. by Warner-Tamerlane Publ. Corp./Songs of PolyGram International/Warner-Tamerlane Publ. Corp.
"Achieved In The Valley Of The Dolls" Mute Song/Copyright Control

All Mute Song compositions are administered by Windswept Pacific Entertainment Co. in the US and Canada.

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℗ & © 1996 Mute Corporation.
Disc: Made in USA.
Sleeve: Printed in Canada.

Issued in a Digipak sleeve.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 7 24596-9019-2 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): (Specialty Records Corporation logo) HV 9019-2 OLY@@02 M1S1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): (Specialty Records Corporation logo) HV 9019-2 OLY@@02 M1S2
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 2U2X
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 2U3L

Other Versions (5 of 16) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CD STUMM 134, CDSTUMM134 Barry Adamson Oedipus Schmoedipus(CD, Album, Dig) Mute, Mute CD STUMM 134, CDSTUMM134 UK 1996 Sell This Version
MUSDJ1-2 Barry Adamson Oedipus Schmoedipus(CD, Album, Promo) Mute Corporation MUSDJ1-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
Stumm134, Stumm 134 Barry Adamson Oedipus Schmoedipus(LP, Album) Mute, Mute Stumm134, Stumm 134 UK 1996 Sell This Version
CD STUMM 134, 7243 8419472 7 Barry Adamson Oedipus Schmoedipus(CD, Album, Dig) Mute, Labels CD STUMM 134, 7243 8419472 7 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
CD STUMM 134 Barry Adamson A Prayer Mat Of Flesh(Cass, Album, Promo) Mute CD STUMM 134 UK 1995 Sell This Version



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July 2, 2016

Probably my favorite Barry Adamson album. Each and every track on here could've (and, indeed, should've) been used in a different movie. Or all in the same movie. But, like many other Adamson releases, the key is movies: his work is so hugely evocative of cinema—particularly a spectrum of film noir of the '40s through the late '70s—that it's nearly impossible to listen to this album with feeling your emotions pulled in the direction of the absent narrative. The tracks are of different genres, though nearly all of them dip at least their toes into nocturnal jazz. Most are instrumental, a few have sung vocals, and a few have strange narrations and spoken word segments. Dark, nighttime moods pervade. Barry Adamson is a master at this.