10 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

1982’s 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1—or 10-1, as fans often abbreviate it—is Midnight Oil’s breakthrough album. The group’s creative growth spurt coincided with a new decade and a new era of global upheaval. Where many young bands responded to the onset of the Cold War era with new forms of cold, techno-driven pop, Midnight Oil re-engaged the ferocity and lusty urgency of rock ‘n’ roll. However, unlike Bruce Springsteen or John Mellencamp, the Australian band avoided “roots rock” and instead equipped its impassioned songs with angular, foreboding arrangements. The eerie portents of “Outside World” set the tone for a band disillusioned by the modern era: “It's the summer of another year/A little world-weary, a little more to fear/Hold those cards tight to your chest.” You won’t find any wallowing here. Rather than cower from themes of global corruption, imperialism, and media saturation, Midnight Oil confronted them head-on with a vigor and conviction matched only by The Clash—a likeminded band that was starting to fall apart as the Oils were picking up steam.

EDITORS’ NOTES

1982’s 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1—or 10-1, as fans often abbreviate it—is Midnight Oil’s breakthrough album. The group’s creative growth spurt coincided with a new decade and a new era of global upheaval. Where many young bands responded to the onset of the Cold War era with new forms of cold, techno-driven pop, Midnight Oil re-engaged the ferocity and lusty urgency of rock ‘n’ roll. However, unlike Bruce Springsteen or John Mellencamp, the Australian band avoided “roots rock” and instead equipped its impassioned songs with angular, foreboding arrangements. The eerie portents of “Outside World” set the tone for a band disillusioned by the modern era: “It's the summer of another year/A little world-weary, a little more to fear/Hold those cards tight to your chest.” You won’t find any wallowing here. Rather than cower from themes of global corruption, imperialism, and media saturation, Midnight Oil confronted them head-on with a vigor and conviction matched only by The Clash—a likeminded band that was starting to fall apart as the Oils were picking up steam.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

vanaspati ,

Still relevant and contemporary 25 years later

Except for it's dance number "Power and the Passion", which is apt description for the content, this album was pretty much overlooked in the U.S.. What a shame. I wasn't a flag waving fanatic, but I had some youthfull enthusiam for my country, but this album helped open my eyes to imperialism throughout history. Unfortunately, many people will close their ears if some words disagree with their opinions. But it has great merit in it's music as well. "Scream in Blue" is one of the greatest surf/psychedelic/hard rock songs ever, pure genius. Solid Punk from "Read About It", to gentle acoustic with Maralinga. A band like no other.

lilymercury ,

still most punk

20 plus years later....still the hardest, most intelligent and weirdest music available. Well, if you are here reading this, you already have guessed that. Cheers!

devilfish ,

Classic album so glad it's finally available on Itunes.

If you are af an of these guys at all this is the album to own.
devilfish

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