" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

May 20, 2014

Read About It: Life Imitating Art

On Wednesday, May 14th, 2014, ex-lead singer of the band  
Midnight Oil, Peter Garretmade front page headlines in the Brisbane Courier Mail newspaper, which is ironic considering their old song 
Read About It.
" "Read About It" is abrasively cathartic with a repeatedly staggered time signature. 
The song lent itself well to live performance.
The song targets Rupert Murdoch in particular and 
Australian media in general.
Peter Garrett referred to the song on the White Fella/Black Fella Tour as the 'Rupert Murdoch Alligator Express'."
Read About It
"The album's closing track 
Somebody's Trying to Tell Me Something 
contains a note held by the group for what seems like an eternity, which would continue into the album's runout groove, and emulated on the CD version for just over 40 seconds. 
This is an approximation of a locked groove, a gimmick used a number of times on vinyl albums  
(such as Diamond Dogs and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band) 
where the ending sound would continue into the runout groove, with which the sound would continue on until the turntable arm was lifted off, or the automatic return on some turntables would kick in. 
In October 2010, the album was listed in the top 30 in the book,
 100 Best Australian Albums with 1987's Diesel and Dust at No. 1."
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Michael Mucci's portrait of Peter Garrett
 in the Archibald Art Prize
"The album's closing track  
Somebody's Trying to Tell Me Something
contains a note held by the group for what seems like an eternity..."
10...9...8...7...6...5...4...3...2...1...Happy New Year!
"The song is noteworthy on vinyl versions for its use of 

the run-out groove
This was one of the few times in popular music overall, certainly in Australian music, that this was done. 
The final scream of "breaking me down" is held on the run-out groove, so it appears to go on forever.
Since this could not be re-created on the CD, the vocal was held for about 40 seconds and faded out.
"Somebody's Trying to Tell Me Something" is a song by Midnight Oil drawn from their 1982 studio effort 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
The song more or less disappeared after the tour for the album ensued.
Somebody's Trying to Tell Me Something

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