|EP by Midnight Oil|
|Released||26 November 1985|
September 1985Paradise Studios, Darlinghurst
|Genre||Rock, pub rock|
|Label||Sprint / Columbia|
|Producer||Midnight Oil, Francois Kevorkian|
|Midnight Oil chronology|
Species Deceases is an extended play by Australian rock music group, Midnight Oil, which was released on 26 November 1985 under the CBS record label. Species Deceases debuted at No. 1 on the Australian Kent Music Report Singles Chart for six weeks from December 1985 to January 1986. It was the first Australian single and/or EP to reach the number-one spot on its chart appearance and spent a total of six weeks at the top (from December 1985 to January 1986). It remains Midnight Oil's only No. 1 on the national singles chart.
On 26 November 1985, Australian rock music group, Midnight Oil, released a four-track extended play, Species Deceases. At the time Midnight Oil consisted of Peter Garrett on lead vocals and harmonica; Peter Gifford on bass guitar and backing vocals; Rob Hirst on drums and backing vocals; Jim Moginie on lead guitar and keyboards; and Martin Rotsey on lead guitar. It was produced with Francois Kevorkian at Paradise Studios, Darlinghurst for Sprint Music and distributed by the CBS/Columbia label.Species Deceases became a big favorite of FM Radio around the world, with all four songs enjoying frequent airplay, sometimes all of them played back-to-back. 
According to Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane, Species Deceases, with the track "Hercules", featured "a stripped-back pub-rock sound. In terms of sheer sonic firepower, it was one of the band's hardest hitting works".
A line from the song "Blossom and Blood" appeared in the message that got flashed on infected computers by the worm WANK: "You talk of times of peace for all and then prepare for war."
Species Deceases was certified platinum on December 14, 1985. The next day, their second album, Head Injuries went gold, six years after its release.
All songs written and composed by Garrett, Gifford, Hirst, Moginie, and Rotsey.
|3.||"Blossom and Blood"||4:35|
- Midnight Oil
- Peter Garrett – lead vocals, harmonica
- Peter Gifford – bass guitar, backing vocals
- Rob Hirst – drums, backing vocals
- Jim Moginie – lead guitar, keyboards
- Martin Rotsey – lead guitar
- Production work
- Producer – Midnight Oil, Francois Kevorkian
- Engineer – David Price
- Assistant – Tom Colley
- Mixer – David Price, Midnight Oil
- Studio – Paradise Studios, Darlinghurst
- Art work
- Artwork concept – Midnight Oil, Philip Ellett
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