YMMV / Mike Oldfield


  • Awesome Music: All of it.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: On the Incantations tour, the audience would get a sheet of paper to be folded into a paper airplane. Naturally, the audiences had no problem throwing them not just at each other, but towards the stage–fortunately, when Mike and company weren't performing. Crosses with Crowning Moment of Awesome, as this was Mike's first tour, performing very difficult music, but he made sure the audience and his ensemble got to have some fun during the shows.
  • First Installment Wins: In terms of sales, anyway.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Nuclear", due to it being used in the trailer for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
  • Seasonal Rot: Either mid-80s, when he switched to more accessible material after the suits saw "Moonlight Shadow" go to number one, or from the '90s onward, when he switched to a more electronic style.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Since overdubbing has become much more widespread, people today aren't very likely to be impressed by Tubular Bells and its sequels all that much.
  • Signature Song: "Tubular Bells" or "Moonlight Shadow".
  • Spiritual Successor: Amarok is this to Ommadawn.
  • Tough Act to Follow: While many of his albums since have been as well or better received by fans and critics, Tubular Bells remains his best selling record.