Midnight Oil

[Powderworks] 51st State of the US / NMA

The Oilman TheOilman@new.rr.com
Thu, 17 Oct 2002 20:29:24 -0500

Bjorn, you are right about the radio single-ness on the NMA cd  History,
These were plucked from all over the place all from times when NMA got ZERO
money for album production, they do sound dated. If you've listened to the
new material you will find what you are looking for.

One key thing, History WAS NOT endorsed by the band. They did not want it
released LET ALONE some of the songs on it the band did not authorize them
to release which they were told they had the right to do.

The nice thing to hear in all the sell-out talk around here is they told the
label to ****-off and have gone it vitually alone since 1993.

They are truly the second most important band in the world.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Björn Blomquist" <bjorn.blomquist@mbox301.swipnet.se>
To: <powderworks@cs.colorado.edu>
Sent: Thursday, October 17, 2002 5:37 AM
Subject: SV: [Powderworks] 51st State of the US / NMA

> ...and I thought that *I* was living in the 51st state of America! :)
> Speaking of that, New Model Army sing in their "51st State" about the
> "star-sprangled Union Jack".
> Do they refer to the Australian flag? I haven't yet found any
> information about where the band comes from. UK? If they are Australian
> I think I should have known it...
> I recently got myself the album "History - the best of NMA" (actually
> the same as "The Singles 1985-91") as an introduction to their work.
> I like the songs more with each listening, but they sure ain't like The
> Oils! One reason may be the poor production (old-fashioned sound) of the
> older material, as I prefer the 90's tracks. Maybe it's because the
> tracks were supposed to be "comercial" singles that there is not the
> musical diversity that you fans have spoken of. Most of the tracks are
> straight-forward, quite heavy, rock songs. I must say that I can hear
> "sounds like Oils" in it, think "Read about it" and the sound of the
> '10-1' album.
> /Bjorn
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