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.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: The nod to "On Horseback" at the end of Return to Ommadawn will no doubt bring a tear to the eye of many a long-time fan.
    • Also the very friendly reunion of Oldfield and Richard Branson that eventually led to Man on the Rocks and Return to Ommadawn released as Virgin albums, both of them peaking in the UK top 15 (#12 and #4 respectively), and the latter topping the charts in Spain!
  • 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.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: His guitar playing.
  • 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.
  • Shout-Out: On Tubular Bells 3 the song "Man in the Rain" periodically has the line Trees in November.
  • Signature Song: "Tubular Bells" or "Moonlight Shadow".
  • Spiritual Successor: Amarok is this to Ommadawn.
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: Plenty. For a start there's the "Finale" section of Tubular Bells, then there's "Portsmouth", "On Horseback", the "Hiawatha" section of Incantations... the list goes on.
  • 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.

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