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

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10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 1982
RecordedSeptember 1982
StudioThe Town House, London
GenreRock, new wave, post-punk
Length45:55
LabelSprint Music / Columbia
ProducerNick Launay & Midnight Oil
Midnight Oil chronology
Place Without a Postcard
(1981)
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
(1982)
Red Sails in the Sunset
(1984)
Singles from 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
  1. "US Forces"
    Released: November 1982
  2. "Power and the Passion"
    Released: March 1983
  3. "Read About It"
    Released: 1983

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 is the fourth studio album by Midnight Oil that was released on vinyl in 1982 under the Columbia Records label. It peaked at No. 3 on the Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart and remained on the chart for 171 weeks.[1]

At the 1982 Countdown Music Awards, the album was nominated for Best Australian Album.[2][3]

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.[4] In July 2011, the album was listed in Triple J Hottest 100 Australian Albums of All Time, 2011 at number 21.[5]

Content[edit]

The album's closing track "Somebody's Trying to Tell Me Something" contains a note held by the group 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 method 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, thus continuing indefinitely until the turntable arm was lifted off or the automatic return, present on some turntables, kicked in.

Garrett noted, "We wanted, as a band, to make this album lyrically stronger, because these are fucking desperate times. It's very important for us to get immediate, because we can't go on making records like this for years and years and people can't go on ignoring it."[6]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[9]
The Village VoiceC+[10]

Mark Deming at AllMusic wrote: "It's remarkably listenable and catchy, offering up one passionate anthem after another. The band's politics are both well considered and unapologetically upfront throughout... 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 was [Midnight Oil's] first undeniably great album and still ranks with their very best."[7]

David Fricke said the album, "sounds like the end of the world turned up to 10".[6]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Outside World"Moginie4:24
2."Only the Strong"Hirst, Moginie4:31
3."Short Memory"Garrett, Hirst, Moginie3:52
4."Read About It"Garrett, Hirst, Moginie3:52
5."Scream in Blue"Garrett, Moginie, Rotsey6:22
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
6."US Forces"Garrett, Moginie4:06
7."Power and the Passion"Garrett, Hirst, Moginie5:39
8."Maralinga"Garrett, Moginie4:44
9."Tin Legs and Tin Mines"Garrett, Moginie, Rotsey4:28
10."Somebody's Trying to Tell Me Something"Garrett, Gifford, Hirst, Moginie, Rotsey3:58

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1982+) Position
Australian Kent Music Report[11] 3
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[12] 5

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1983) Position
Australian Kent Music Report[11] 2

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[13] 7× Platinum 490,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Personnel[edit]

Midnight Oil

Additional personnel

  • Gary Barnacle, Peter Thoms & Luke Tunney – brass (on "Power and the Passion")

References[edit]

  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. ^ "Australian Music Awards". Ron Jeff. Retrieved 16 December 2010.
  3. ^ "Final episode of Countdown". 1970scountdown. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  4. ^ O'Donnell, John; Creswell, Toby; Mathieson, Craig (October 2010). 100 Best Australian Albums. Prahran, Vic: Hardie Grant Books. ISBN 978-1-74066-955-9.
  5. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/hottest100/alltime/11/countdown/all.htm
  6. ^ a b Toby Creswell and Martin Fabinyi (2000). The Real Thing. Random House. p. 137. ISBN 0091835488.
  7. ^ a b Deming, Mark. "10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 – Midnight Oil". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  8. ^ Puterbaugh, Parke (27 October 1983). "Midnight Oil: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-11-12. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  9. ^ Fricke, David (2004). "Midnight Oil". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 541–42. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  10. ^ Christgau, Robert (21 February 1984). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  11. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. NOTE: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting from 1970 until ARIA created their own charts in mid-1988.
  12. ^ "Charts.nz – Midnight Oil – 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1". Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  13. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2014 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on 10 August 2020. Retrieved 31 December 2014.