Redneck Wonderland

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Redneck Wonderland
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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 1998
Recorded1997 - 1998
LabelSprint Music, Columbia
ProducerWarne Livesey, Magoo, Midnight Oil
Midnight Oil chronology
20,000 Watt R.S.L.
Redneck Wonderland
The Real Thing
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
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]

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.


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


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

^shipments figures based on certification alone


Midnight Oil[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

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


  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. ^
  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. ^ " – 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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