Species Deceases

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Species Deceases
MidnightOil SpeciesDeceases.jpg
EP by Midnight Oil
Released26 November 1985 (1985-11-26)
RecordedSeptember 1985 Paradise Studios, Darlinghurst
GenreRock, pub rock
LabelSprint / Columbia
ProducerMidnight Oil, François Kevorkian
Midnight Oil chronology
Red Sails in the Sunset
Species Deceases
Diesel and Dust

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.[1][2][3][4] It was the first Australian single and/or EP to reach the number-one spot on its chart appearance and remains Midnight Oil's only No. 1 on the national singles chart.[2][5]


On 26 November 1985, Australian rock music group, Midnight Oil, released a four-track extended play, Species Deceases.[1][6] 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.[1][6] 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 favourite of FM Radio around the world, with all four songs enjoying frequent airplay, sometimes all of them played back-to-back. [6][7]

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".[1]

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."

Trivial Note[edit]

Species Deceases was certified platinum on December 14, 1985, two weeks after its release.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Garrett, Gifford, Hirst, Moginie, and Rotsey[8].

3."Blossom and Blood"4:35
Total length:16:22


Midnight Oil
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



  1. ^ a b c d e McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Encyclopedia entry for 'Midnight Oil'". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86448-768-2. Retrieved 20 October 2008.
  2. ^ a b 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.
  3. ^ Ryan (bulion), Gary (31 March 2010). "1985 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  4. ^ Ryan (bulion), Gary (30 March 2009). "1986 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  5. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Midnight Oil discography". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  6. ^ a b c d Holmgren, Magnus; Stenerlöv, Carl-Johan. "Midnight Oil". Australian Rock Database. Passagen.se (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 27 September 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
  7. ^ a b Species Deceases (Media notes). Midnight Oil. Columbia. 1985. EX 12023.
  8. ^ "'Progress' at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 28 May 2013. Note: User may have to click on 'Search again' and at 'Performer:' add Midnight Oil to search for other titles.

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