1982 Joni Mitchell – Wild Things Run Fast

Wild Things Run Fast is Joni Mitchell’s eleventh studio album and her first for Geffen Records. Released in 1982, it represents her departure from jazz to a more 80s pop sound.

The resulting world tour took Mitchell through the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia. A video of the tour was released in 1983, entitled Refuge of the Roads. The recorded performances were not live but recorded in a studio once the tour had been completed, with applause dubbed-in in post production. There was also some Super 8 footage taken by Mitchell on the road. It has since been released on DVD.

Mitchell claimed that her inspiration for the album came from hearing the music of popular bands such as Steely Dan, Talking Heads and The Police at a discothèque during a trip to the Caribbean in 1981. She said that hearing The Police, especially, affected her sound, saying, “their rhythmic hybrids, and the positioning of the drums, and the sound of the drums, was one of the main calls out to me to make a more rhythmic album”

Tracks

1  (You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) 2:39
2  Be Cool (Joni Mitchell) 4:19
3  Chinese Cafe Unchained Melody (Joni Mitchell, Hy Zaret, Alex North) 5:19
4  Ladies’ Man (Joni Mitchell) 2:41
5  Love (Joni Mitchell) 3:56
6  Man to Man (Joni Mitchell) 3:41
7  Moon at the Window (Joni Mitchell) 3:44
8  Solid Love (Joni Mitchell) 3:10
9  Underneath the Streetlight (Joni Mitchell) 2:21
10  Wild Things Run Fast (Joni Mitchell) 2:18
11  You Dream Flat Tires (Joni Mitchell) 2:57

Media

Musicians

1 (You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care

Bass Larry Klein
Drums Vinnie Colaiuta
Guitar Mike Landau
Sax Kim Hutchcroft
Sax Larry Williams


2 Be Cool

Bass Larry Klein
Drums John Guerin
Guitar Joni Mitchell
Synthesizer Russell Ferrante
Background Vocals John Guerin
Background Vocals Kenny Rankin
Background Vocals Robert de la Garza
Background Vocals Skip Cottrell


3 Chinese Cafe Unchained Melody

Bass Larry Klein
Drums John Guerin
Guitar Steve Lukather
Synthesizer Larry Williams
Piano Joni Mitchell


4 Ladies’ Man

Bass Larry Klein
Drums Vinnie Colaiuta
Guitar Larry Carlton
Synthesizer Larry Williams
Acoustic Guitar Joni Mitchell
Sax Larry Williams
Background Vocals Charles Valentino
Background Vocals Howard Kinney
Background Vocals Lionel Richie


5 Love

Bass Larry Klein
Drums Vinnie Colaiuta
Guitar Steve Lukather
Acoustic Guitar Joni Mitchell
Sax Wayne Shorter


6 Man to Man

Bass Larry Klein
Drums John Guerin
Guitar Steve Lukather
Acoustic Guitar Joni Mitchell
Synthesizer Russell Ferrante
Percussion Victor Feldman
Background Vocals James Taylor


7 Moon at the Window

Bass Larry Klein
Drums John Guerin
Guitar Joni Mitchell
Synthesizer Russell Ferrante
Sax Wayne Shorter


8 Solid Love

Bass Larry Klein
Drums Vinnie Colaiuta
Guitar Mike Landau
Acoustic Guitar Joni Mitchell

 

9 Underneath the Streetlight

Bass Larry Klein
Drums Vinnie Colaiuta
Guitar Mike Landau
Acoustic Guitar Joni Mitchell
Piano Joni Mitchell


10 Wild Things Run Fast

Bass Larry Klein
Drums Vinnie Colaiuta
Guitar Steve Lukather
Synthesizer Larry Williams


11 You Dream Flat Tires

Bass Larry Klein
Drums Vinnie Colaiuta
Guitar Mike Landau
Background Vocals Lionel Richie

Liner Notes

Producer – Joni Mitchell
Mastered By (Originally) – John Golden
Mixed By – Henry Lewy, Joni Mitchell, Larry Hirsch
Mixed By (Assistant) – Chase Williams
Recorded By – Henry Lewy, Skip Cottrell
Recorded By (Assistant) – Clyde Kaplan

Art Direction – Glen Christensen
Painting – Joni Mitchell

Recorded At – Devonshire Studios
Recorded At – A&M Studios
Manufactured By – Columbia House