Song of the Day, February 24: Short Memory by Midnight Oil

MOil10to1Today’s song is Midnight Oil’s Short Memory. By 1982, the band was famous as one of the most powerful live groups in Australia and had released three strong albums reflecting that sound. For their fourth outing — 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 or 10 to 1 as fans abbreviate it — they chose producer Nick Launay, who helped them create a distinctive studio sound that honored their live energy but created something more. Blending the band’s strong political views and musical muscle with the full potential of studio technology, the band and Launay crafted a bold statement on the modern world.

Short Memory is one of the finest tracks, featuring a slow burn vocal from Peter Garrett and smart performances from the band who mirror and anticipate his jump-cut journey through history’s atrocities. The end result is a particularly fine working of the idea that we are doomed to repeat history if we don’t learn from it and a sharp rebuke to those who allow their own interests to cloud their memories.

Conquistador of Mexico, the Zulu and the Navaho
The Belgians in the Congo short memory
Plantation in Virginia, the Raj in British India
The deadline in South Africa short memory
The story of El Salvador, the silence of Hiroshima
Destruction of Cambodia short memory

Enjoy this amazing song today.

About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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