Place without a Postcard

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Place Without a Postcard
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Studio album by Midnight Oil
Released November 1981 (1981-11)
Recorded June–July 1981
Genre Alternative rock, college rock, post-punk
Length 40:57
Label Sprint Music / CBS
Producer Glyn Johns
Midnight Oil chronology
Bird Noises
(1980)Bird Noises1980
Place Without a Postcard
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
(1982)10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 11982

Place Without a Postcard is the third studio album by Australian alternative rockers, Midnight Oil, which was released in November 1981 under Sprint Music and the Columbia Records label. It peaked at No. 12 on the Kent Music Report albums chart and the related singles "Don’t Wanna be the One" and "Armistice Day" reached the associated Top 40 chart.


The band's third LP Place Without a Postcard, released by CBS Records in November 1981, was recorded in Sussex with English producer Glyn Johns (The Rolling Stones, The Who) at a studio/barn on Johns' property.[1][2] Creative tensions between the band and Johns plagued the recording and the group were not totally happy with the outcome. Johns had an arrangement with A&M Records and they asked Midnight Oil to return to the studio to record material suitable for an American single release – the group refused and returned to Australia.[2] Place without a Postcard peaked at No. 12 on the albums charts and related singles "Don’t Wanna be the One" (No. 40) and "Armistice Day" reached the Top 40 in Australia.[3] Cover and other photography by Robert Butcher.


The album scored 3/5 from Allmusic. [4]

From iTunes: "Midnight Oil went to England to record and turned to a major label (CBS Records) and a name producer (Glyn Johns) for its third full-length album. You might have expected this to make for a sonic breakthrough, but you'd be wrong. The band was experiencing growing pains, trying to stretch musically, and, at least at first, this made for a dilution of their hard rock focus moving toward a pop style they hadn't fully developed. Place Without a Postcard had its share of powerfully performed songs, but its sound was light compared to the band's first two albums, the stylistic experiments were not yet bearing fruit, and, with an emphasis placed on the vocals, Peter Garrett sounded overly strident."[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Don't Wanna Be the One" Garrett, Hirst, Moginie, Rotsey 3:04
2. "Brave Faces" Garrett, Moginie 4:48
3. "Armistice Day" Hirst, Moginie, Rotsey 4:31
4. "Someone Else to Blame" Gifford, Hirst, Moginie 2:49
5. "Basement Flat" Garrett, Moginie, Rotsey 4:37
6. "Written in the Heart" Hirst, Moginie, Rotsey 3:15
7. "Burnie" Garrett, Moginie 4:50
8. "Quinella Holiday" Garrett, Moginie 2:35
9. "Loves on Sale" Garrett, Rotsey 2:22
10. "If Ned Kelly Was King" Garrett, Moginie 3:41
11. "Lucky Country" Garrett, Hirst, Moginie, Rotsey 4:55


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[6] 2× Platinum 140,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone



  1. ^ Holmgren, Magnus; Stenerlöv, Carl-Johan. "Midnight Oil". Australian Rock Database. (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 27 September 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Ed Nimmervoll (ed.). "Midnight Oil". Howlspace. Archived from the original on 27 July 2012. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ Place Without a Postcard (Remastered) by Midnight Oil, iTunes
  6. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2014 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 

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