Song of the Day, August 1: Sometimes by Midnight Oil

MOilSometimesToday’s song is a shining example of protest rock. Midnight Oil’s Diesel and Dust is one of the finest albums of the 80s, a stunning blend of passion and politics, Australian spirit and universal themes, all performed with authentic rock spirit. Inspired by a concert tour of Aboriginal settlements and towns in the Outback, it shows how life-altering experiences can inform brilliant music.

Sometimes is a roaring anthem of the spirit that will not be restrained. No matter what pressures come to bear, it proclaims, be true to your heart and your beliefs. Working together, we can solve anything. The band are tighter than ever, roaring their pub rock roots into a polished but never slick proclamation. Peter Garrett delivers one of his most impassioned vocals (no mean feat) and the whole package is inspiring, a fitting close for a brilliant set.

Sometimes you’re shaken to the core
Sometimes the face is gonna fall
But you don’t give in

Enjoy this powerful song today.

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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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