Read About It

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
"Read About It"
Single by Midnight Oil
from the album 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
B-side Outside World
Released 1982 (1982)
Format 7" vinyl
Length 3:51
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Robert Hirst, James Moginie, Peter Garrett, Martin Rotsey, Peter Gifford
Producer(s) Midnight Oil, Nick Launay
Midnight Oil singles chronology
"Power and the Passion"
(1982)
"Read About It"
(1982)
"US Forces"
(1983)

"Read About It" is the second single released by Australian rock band, Midnight Oil, from their 1982 studio album, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. It was a favorite with the band and with fans, appearing at least once on every tour since its release and appearing at the WaveAid concert. Very few other Midnight Oil songs have appeared so often (only "Power and the Passion," "Beds Are Burning," "The Dead Heart," and "Say Your Prayers" are known to have been performed so often).

Song structure and meaning[edit]

"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'.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Read About It" (Rob Hirst, Jim Moginie, Peter Garrett, Martin Rotsey, Peter Gifford)[1] – 3:51
  2. "Outside World" (Hirst, Moginie, Garrett, Rotsey, Gifford)[2] – 4:22

Compilations[edit]

The song's original studio version was featured on Flat Chat.

References[edit]

  1. ^ ""Read About It" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 18 November 2010. 
  2. ^ ""Outside World" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 18 November 2010. 

External links[edit]