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

BassLarry Klein
DrumsVinnie Colaiuta
GuitarMike Landau
SaxKim Hutchcroft
SaxLarry Williams


2 Be Cool

BassLarry Klein
DrumsJohn Guerin
GuitarJoni Mitchell
SynthesizerRussell Ferrante
Background VocalsJohn Guerin
Background VocalsKenny Rankin
Background VocalsRobert de la Garza
Background VocalsSkip Cottrell


3 Chinese Cafe Unchained Melody

BassLarry Klein
DrumsJohn Guerin
GuitarSteve Lukather
SynthesizerLarry Williams
PianoJoni Mitchell


4 Ladies’ Man

BassLarry Klein
DrumsVinnie Colaiuta
GuitarLarry Carlton
SynthesizerLarry Williams
Acoustic GuitarJoni Mitchell
SaxLarry Williams
Background VocalsCharles Valentino
Background VocalsHoward Kinney
Background VocalsLionel Richie


5 Love

BassLarry Klein
DrumsVinnie Colaiuta
GuitarSteve Lukather
Acoustic GuitarJoni Mitchell
SaxWayne Shorter


6 Man to Man

BassLarry Klein
DrumsJohn Guerin
GuitarSteve Lukather
Acoustic GuitarJoni Mitchell
SynthesizerRussell Ferrante
PercussionVictor Feldman
Background VocalsJames Taylor


7 Moon at the Window

BassLarry Klein
DrumsJohn Guerin
GuitarJoni Mitchell
SynthesizerRussell Ferrante
SaxWayne Shorter


8 Solid Love

BassLarry Klein
DrumsVinnie Colaiuta
GuitarMike Landau
Acoustic GuitarJoni Mitchell

 

9 Underneath the Streetlight

BassLarry Klein
DrumsVinnie Colaiuta
GuitarMike Landau
Acoustic GuitarJoni Mitchell
PianoJoni Mitchell


10 Wild Things Run Fast

BassLarry Klein
DrumsVinnie Colaiuta
GuitarSteve Lukather
SynthesizerLarry Williams


11 You Dream Flat Tires

BassLarry Klein
DrumsVinnie Colaiuta
GuitarMike Landau
Background VocalsLionel 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