Midnight Oil

[Powderworks] Oils personal details

Maurice R. Kelly mkelly@deadheart.org.uk
Mon, 8 Apr 2002 10:08:59 +0100 (BST)

On Apr 7, fish_oil@space.com wrote:

> On Sat, 06 April 2002, "Geordie McMillan" wrote
> > 
> > I don't mean to sound like a complete prick but...why
> does there seem to be 
> > a recurring theme on this list about the personal
> lives of the band?
> I'll forgive you, as long as you weren't pouting with
> hands on hips when you frothed this post out. Of course
> I (and others) are interested in WHO the oils are -
> exactly what is your problem with that? Some  kind of
> mythological sense of personal privacy? Or are you the
> self appointed single handed saviour of the bands'
> personal space? Can you tell I really didn't like your
> tone?

I have to agree with Geordie. There have been a lot of requests for
personal information about the band of late. I've been on the list a
while, and in the past there was a general consensus that the band's
private life should remain private. It should be of no relevance to us
when the birthday of the band is, whether they are married, and how many
kids they have.

I think the fact that such personal information is already hard to come by
should suggest that it should remain private.

I also don't like to see the information being circulated on mailing lists
which are archived - the is the potential for mis-information to be picked
up by journalists, etc., or for a band with political views like the Oils,
there could be the potential for the info being used in a harmful way -
call me paranoid, but I'd rather be safe than sorry.

And I'm not some "self appointed single handed saviour of the bands'
personal space?" I just think that unless the band members come out and
openly tell us lots of personal info in an interview, we should probably
not bother to discuss it.

> But being one that's asked about the bands'
> personal lives and spiritual beliefs in an effort to
> make sense of who, what and why the Oils are, I felt
> compelled to respond.

Sorry, but I'm of the belief that you don't need to know anything about
the bands' personal lives and spiritual beliefs in order to make sense of
"who, what and why the Oils are" - in general the music and the words and
the openly voiced opinions should probably be enough.


Maurice R. Kelly