Missing Persons

Destination Unknown

Composed by Missing Persons / Terry Bozzio / Warren Cuccurullo

Song Review by

"Destination Unknown" sounds the least dated of all of Missing Persons' hits, most likely because it was their most melodically satisfying song. The fact that it's also Dale Bozzio's least mannered vocal performance, with none of her trademark hiccups, helps considerably as well. Her helium-pitched voice ? Dale Bozzio sang like a new wave Betty Boop ? keeps this song firmly in the Missing Persons tradition, but the low-key backing vocals by her male bandmates on the chorus are a nice touch. The lyrics are typically lightweight, your basic high school-level musings on alienation by someone who has just learned the word "existential" but is unclear about what it actually means, but Ken Scott's light-handed production and nice touches like the staccato programmed drum fills on the chorus make it pleasant on the ear regardless.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Spring Session M 1982 Capitol 3:40
Color in Your Life 1986 One Way Records 3:20
The Best of Missing Persons [1987] 1987 Capitol/EMI Records / Capitol 3:35
Surrender Your Heart 1991 Pioneer
Rock of the 80's, Vol. 6 [Priority] 1993
Various Artists
Priority Records
Living in Oblivion: The 80's Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 1993
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:40
Party On!: Dance Hits of the 80's 1994
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
The 80's Video Stars 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:40
Rock of the 80's, Vol. 2 [CEMA] 1996
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets 3:37
No Image 1997 CAP
Back 2 Back Hits 1997 EMI Music Distribution 3:36
Big Hits of the 80's 1998
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets / CEMA Special Markets 3:35
Number Ones: The 80's 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 3:34
Late Nights Early Days 1998 Sumthing Distribution 3:21
Awesome '80s, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:34
Edge of 17 1999
Original Soundtrack
Razor & Tie 3:35
Double Shot: New Wave 1999
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:30
Poptronica: Sci-Fi 1999
Various Artists
Buddha Records 3:33
Remixed Hits 1999 Cleopatra 4:33
Absolutely the Best of the Eighties 2001
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 / Varese 3:35
Inside the Music: New Wave 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
The Ultimate Jukebox Hits of the '80s, Vol. 3 2001
Various Artists
Collectables 3:35
Jukebox Hits of the '80s [Collectables] 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 3:30
Classic Masters 2002 Capitol 3:31
40 Years of Jukebox Hits: The 50's, 60's, 70's & 80's 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 3:35
Alternative Hits of the 80's 2002
Various Artists
Masters / Intercontinental Records 4:36
Best of Missing Persons [2003] 2003 EMI-Capitol Special Markets / Collectables 3:32
Absolutely the Best of Modern Rock 2004
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 3:37
Alternative 80's Collection 2004
Various Artists
Untied Audio 4:28
80's Chartbusters: Favorite Hits of the Eighties 2005
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 4:26
Walking in L.A.: The Dance Mixes 2006 Hypnotic 4:35
New Wave Club Hits of the 80's 2006
Various Artists
Fantastic Price Records / Big Eye Music 4:33
Very Best of the 80s 2006
Various Artists
Mastersong 4:28
This Is Rave-Electro 2007
Various Artists
Cleopatra 4:57
Ultimate 80s [Sonoma]
Various Artists
Sonoma 3:48
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