Midnight Oil

Subject: RE: [powderworks] Hey! I remember that fish ...
From: Michael Blackwood
Date: 16/07/2010, 5:35 am
To: Oils Powderworks

So... is it once again time to argue over what would comprise a Breathe EP?  ;-)
My Breathe EP:
1) Surf's Up Tonight
2) Barest Degree
3) Bring On the Change
4) E-Beat
If you define "EP" liberally, add:

E-Beat is a classic, particularly the live version from the Redneck Ramblings bootleg.  ALL of the Breathe songs seem so much more vital and "Oil-y" when played live, freeing them from Malcom Burn's muting, muddling influence...
so... let the perpetual debate begin anew!

To: powderworks@yahoogroups.com.au
From: kate@dnki.net
Date: Thu, 15 Jul 2010 11:06:46 -0400
Subject: Re: [powderworks] Hey! I remember that fish ...

I LOVE Underwater ... can't get it out of my head in those rare times that I get to play in the surf with my body board or surfyak. 

But E-beat has to be one of my all-time Oily faves.  I have an enduring connection with E-Beat and surf and the carnival-ish seaside town that surrounds my favorite break ...
"The devil was a dancing on the old foreshore
Hitting up on bright lights and the liquor stores"
I loved it when the random shuffle function cued it up for me on my i-touch as I was leaving there a couple weeks ago.

As for "Surfs Up Tonight" ... I forgot it was on that album because I never ripped it.  I have long maintained that Breathe should have been an EP, but when I put that up for Powderworkers to pick the 4 or 5 cuts, well ... no consensus.

My most powerful associations with the entire album come from great screaming piles of angst - when I finally got back to my lab on 9/11/01, it was the only CD I had with me.  A horrified mess, and stressed from keeping everybody else around me calm, I crawled under my desk to listen to it with head phones in fetal ball mode.  More recently, cuts I rarely listen to crept into my head when I was down in New Orleans in late January.  After touring the still unrepaired devastation in the 8th and 9th wards, it was all I could do to get a gigantic toxic-waste orange alcohol slurpee and put Breathe on repeat while roaming the French Quarter and that Famous Cemetery.  In that sense, the album as a whole is serious thumbsucking music.  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/multimodalmama/sets/72157623301508792/) BTW, does anyone know which tracks were laid down in the Big Easy?

Of course, the modern track-by-track way of storing and listening to music tends to redeem this album - keep what you like, ditch what you don't, and organize it in the way you think it should go.


On Wed, Jul 14, 2010 at 10:55 PM, david earle <canadavros@yahoo.com.au> wrote:

Glad to hear there's two of us!

Breathe's funny - seems to be the least liked MO album on the Powdies list. I must admit that everytime I hear it I like it more - Sins of omission is great, with that menacing intro. I even like the rolling guitar picking sounds at the intro (and other points) of One too many times.

--- On Thu, 15/7/10, The Oilman <TheOilman@new.rr.com> wrote:

From: The Oilman <TheOilman@new.rr.com>
Subject: Re: [powderworks] Hey! I remember that fish ...
To: "david earle" <canadavros@yahoo.com.au>
Received: Thursday, 15 July, 2010, 12:12 PM

You're not the only one who likes it, but that album sure had some clunkers. Surfs Up Tonight and One Too Many Times are my least favorite Oils songs.
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Sent: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 8:47 PM
Subject: Re: [powderworks] Hey! I remember that fish ...


A dark silhouette flashes by in the wet
It is glistening flesh in the deep marine...

And from previous posts I realise I'm probably in a minority of one,
but I love this song!

--- On Thu, 15/7/10, Tom <tomspencer@eml. cc> wrote:

From: Tom <tomspencer@eml. cc>
Subject: [powderworks] Hey! I remember that fish ...
To: powderworks@ yahoogroups. com.au
Received: Thursday, 15 July, 2010, 8:23 AM