Song of the Day, December 29: Best of Both Worlds by Midnight Oil

MOilRedSailsBothToday’s song is Best of Both Worlds by Midnight Oil. Following their breakthrough with 10,9,8…, the Oils returned to the studio to craft another set of political rock. With a disturbing cover by Tsunehisa Kimura depicting Sydney harbor after a nuclear attack, the disc made its message clear before the needle even hit the groove. Our world is in trouble, and we need to work together or we’re facing destruction.

Best of Both Worlds is an urgent anthem, with stirring horns, propulsive drumming, and the band’s trademark tight-unit playing. Peter Garrett’s vocal is by turns angry, ironic, and demanding, taking all the power of the music and amplifying it. It’s a standout track on a compelling album and one of the Oil’s finest moments.

Enjoy this great 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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