10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

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10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Studio album by Midnight Oil
Released November 1982
Recorded September 1982 at the Town House, London
Genre Rock, New Wave
Length 45:55
Label Sprint Music / Columbia
Producer Nick Launay & Midnight Oil
Midnight Oil chronology
Place Without A Postcard
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Red Sails in the Sunset

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 is the fourth album by Midnight Oil that was released on vinyl in 1982 under the Columbia Records label. The name is often shortened to "ten-to-one" or "ten-nine-eight" by fans.[citation needed] It peaked at No. 3 on the Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart and remained on the chart for 171 weeks.[1] 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.[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Outside World"   Moginie 4:24
2. "Only the Strong"   Hirst, Moginie 4:31
3. "Short Memory"   Garrett, Hirst, Moginie 3:52
4. "Read About It"   Garrett, Hirst, Moginie 3:52
5. "Scream in Blue"   Garrett, Moginie, Rotsey 6:22
6. "US Forces"   Garrett, Moginie 4:06
7. "Power and the Passion"   Garrett, Hirst, Moginie 5:39
8. "Maralinga"   Garrett, Moginie 4:44
9. "Tin Legs and Tin Mines"   Garrett, Moginie, Rotsey 4:28
10. "Somebody's Trying to Tell Me Something"   Garrett, Gifford, Hirst, Moginie, Rotsey 3:58
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars link
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars link
Robert Christgau C+ link


Midnight Oil
Additional personnel


  1. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book Ltd. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  Note: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting from 1974 until Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) created their own charts in mid-1988. In 1992, Kent back calculated chart positions for 1970–1974.
  2. ^ O'Donnell, John; Creswell, Toby; Mathieson, Craig (October 2010). 100 Best Australian Albums. Prahran, Vic: Hardie Grant Books. ISBN 978-1-74066-955-9.