Barry AdamsonOedipus Schmoedipus

Label:Mute – 9019-2
CD, Album
Genre:Electronic, Jazz, Rock, Funk / Soul
Style:Acid Jazz, Soul-Jazz, Abstract, Disco, Downtempo, Lounge, Spoken Word, Ballad


1Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Pelvis
Arranged By [String Arrangement Collaboration]Audrey Riley, Billy McGee
GuitarMark De Lane Lea
VocalsJarvis Cocker
2Something Wicked This Way Comes
Arranged By [String Arrangement Collaboration]Audrey Riley, Billy McGee
ClarinetPete Wyman
Mixed ByKevin Petrie
Mixed By [Assisted By]John Pendleton
Organ [Hammond]Seamus Beaghen
3The Vibes Ain't Nothin' But The Vibes
PianoSeamus Beaghen
Written-ByBarry Adamson
4It's Business As Usual
Mixed ByKevin Petrie
Mixed By [Assisted By]John Pendleton
Voice [Voice Overs]Carla Bozlavich*, John Napier
6Dirty Barry
Programmed By [Additional Programming]Ivor Wimborne
Sounds [Additional]Kevin Petrie
Written-ByBarry Adamson
7In A Moment Of Clarity
Flute [Alto]Ileana Ruhemann
SaxophonePete Wyman
Written-ByBarry Adamson
8Achieved In The Valley Of Dolls
Co-producerBarry Adamson, Ivor Wimborne
Guitar [Additional]Ken Low
Programmed By [Additional Programming]Ivor Wimborne
VocalsBilly McKenzie*
Written-ByBarry Adamson, Billy McKenzie*
9Vermillion Kisses
Narrator [Storyteller]Miranda Gooch
Written-ByBarry Adamson
10The Big Bamboozle
Flute [Alto]Ileana Ruhemann
Written-ByBarry Adamson
11State Of Contraction
Written-ByBarry Adamson
12The Sweetest Embrace
Guitar [Classical]Richard Hand
VocalsNick Cave
Written-ByBarry Adamson, Nick Cave
13Set The Controls Again
Written-ByBarry 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.

Mute (logo)
℗ & © 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, Variant 3): (Specialty Records Corporation logo) HV 9019-2 [email protected]@02 M1S1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): (Specialty Records Corporation logo) HV 9019-2 [email protected]@02 M1S2
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 2U2X
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 2U3L
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI 2U2Y

Other Versions (5 of 20)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
New Submission
A Prayer Mat Of Flesh (Cassette, Album, Promo)MuteCD STUMM 134UK1995
Recently Edited
Oedipus Schmoedipus (CD, Album, Digipak)Mute, MuteCD STUMM 134, CDSTUMM134UK1996
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Oedipus Schmoedipus (CD, Album, Digipak)Mute, Labels, Mute, Labels724384194727, 7243 8419472 7France1996
Oedipus Schmoedipus (CD, Album)Mute, Mute, Mute, MuteIRS 972.067, CDSTUMM134, 7243 4 84276 2 5, INT 845.163Europe1996
Recently Edited
Oedipus Schmoedipus (CD, Album, Promo)Mute CorporationMUSDJ1-2US1996


  • pyenapple's avatar
    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.



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