Redneck Wonderland

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Redneck Wonderland
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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 1998
Recorded1997 - 1998
Genre
Length47:01
LabelSprint Music, Columbia
ProducerWarne Livesey, Magoo, Midnight Oil
Midnight Oil chronology
20,000 Watt R.S.L.
(1997)
Redneck Wonderland
(1998)
The Real Thing
(2000)
Singles from Redneck Wonderland
  1. "White Skin Black Heart"
    Released: 1997
  2. "Cemetery in My Mind"
    Released: 1998
  3. "What Goes On"
    Released: 1998
  4. "Redneck Wonderland"
    Released: 1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media7.5/10[2]

Redneck Wonderland is the tenth studio album by Midnight Oil that was released in July 1998 under the Columbia Records label, which peaked at No.7 on the ARIA Albums Chart.[3] The title of the album was inspired by a wall graffiti, a picture of which can be seen in the promotional Oil Rag Vol. VI issued along with album release. The album was certified Gold in Australia in 2014.[4] The album's eponymous song was ranked number 93 in Triple M's "Ozzest 100", the 'most Australian' songs of all time.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Standard
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Redneck Wonderland"Hirst, Moginie3:08
2."Concrete"Garrett, Hirst, Moginie4:12
3."Cemetery in My Mind"Garrett, Hirst, Moginie3:57
4."Comfortable Place on the Couch"Hirst, Moginie4:08
5."Safety Chain Blues"Garrett, Moginie4:21
6."Return to Sender"Moginie3:31
7."Blot"Garrett, Hirst, Moginie3:24
8."The Great Gibber Plain"Hirst, Moginie4:38
9."Seeing Is Believing"Garrett, Hirst, Moginie4:28
10."White Skin Black Heart"Garrett, Hirst, Moginie4:01
11."What Goes On"Hirst, Moginie3:00
12."Drop in the Ocean"Moginie4:13


Writing credits sourced from APRA WebWorks search engine, November 2009.[6]

Song notes[edit]

  • "Concrete" originally performed as "Free My Soul;" known to be played on 20,000 Watt R.S.L. tour.[7]
  • "Cemetery in My Mind" known to be played on 20,000 Watt R.S.L. tour.
  • "Comfortable Place on the Couch" originally performed as "Haulaway;" known to be played on 20,000 Watt R.S.L. tour.[7]
  • "Safety Chain Blues" originally performed as "Warm Babies;" known to be played on 20,000 Watt R.S.L. tour.[7]
  • "Return to Sender", "The Great Gibber Plain" and "Drop in the Ocean" may not have been performed live.
  • "Blot" known to be played on 20,000 Watt R.S.L. tour. (video of 22 November 1997 performance)
  • "White Skin Black Heart" & "What Goes On" both first released on 20,000 Watt R.S.L.; known to be played on 20,000 Watt R.S.L. tour.

The tour[edit]

The tour is noted for the use of a wheel featuring the titles of 64 Midnight Oil tracks. Most tracks from Redneck Wonderland were not played after the tour ended; the title track was generally the only song played, often as the opening track to shows on the Capricornia tour. The track was later placed elsewhere in the set list; "Concrete" and "Comfortable Place on the Couch" occasionally reappeared.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1998) Position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[8] 7

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[9] Gold 35,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Personnel[edit]

Midnight Oil[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Jeremy Smith (of H&C) - French horn
  • Helen Mountfort - cello
  • Hope Csutoros - violin

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Midnight Oil: Redneck Wonderland: Pitchfork Review
  3. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Midnight Oil discography". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Median. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  4. ^ http://www.aria.com.au/pages/httpwww.aria.com.aupagesaria-charts-accreditations-albums-2014.htm
  5. ^ "Here Are The Songs That Made Triple M's 'Ozzest 100'". Musicfeeds. 27 January 2018. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  6. ^ AMCOS search screen
  7. ^ a b c The Dead Heart Midnight Oil FAQ, retrieved 5 August 2007.
  8. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Midnight Oil – Redneck Wonderland". Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  9. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2014 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 31 December 2014.

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