The soundtrack album is composed and produced by Pat Metheny and his long-time collaborator, keyboardist Lyle Mays, and performed by their Pat Metheny Group. In the US, the Group are regulars on the Billboard album chart in the 1980s: the soundtrack is one of nine hits for them during the decade, four of which win Grammys for Best Jazz Fusion Performance. In the UK, though, This Is Not America is their only chart entry, brought to the British public’s attention by the involvement of David Bowie. The week promo copies are sent out the press, it is Tom Hibbert’s turn to review the singles at Smash Hits and he has this to say: “Certain people in the Smash Hits office have described this as ‘the greatest record ever made’. Others, slightly more sensible, have noted its tendency to borrow musical elements from The Mama’s and The Papa’s extremely old hit California Dreamin’. The one completely sensible person would like to point out that as the record contains the line “Snowman melting from the inside”, it is scarcely worthy of further debate.”
He had a point, as usual.
NEW SINGLES on sale from Jan. 28
The FINK BROTHERS (Suggs) Mutants In Mega City One (Zarjazz JAZZ2)
The FUN BOY THREE Tunnel Of Love (Chrysalis CHS2678)
UB40 I’ve Got Mine (DEP International DEP6)
David BOWIE / PAT METHENY GROUP This Is Not America (EMI America EA190)