Place without a Postcard

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Place without a Postcard
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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 1981 (1981-11)
RecordedJune–July 1981
GenreAlternative rock, college rock, post-punk
LabelSprint Music / CBS
ProducerGlyn Johns
Midnight Oil chronology
Bird Noises
Place without a Postcard
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Singles from Place without a Postcard
  1. "Don't Wanna Be the One"
    Released: October 1981
  2. "Armistice Day"
    Released: May 1982

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 at AllMusic. That site's William Ruhlmann wrote:

"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."[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Don't Wanna Be the One"Garrett, Hirst, Moginie, Rotsey3:04
2."Brave Faces"Garrett, Moginie4:48
3."Armistice Day"Hirst, Moginie, Rotsey4:31
4."Someone Else to Blame"Gifford, Hirst, Moginie2:49
5."Basement Flat"Garrett, Moginie, Rotsey4:37
Side two
6."Written in the Heart"Hirst, Moginie, Rotsey3:15
7."Burnie"Garrett, Moginie4:50
8."Quinella Holiday"Garrett, Moginie2:35
9."Loves on Sale"Garrett, Rotsey2:22
10."If Ned Kelly Was King"Garrett, Moginie3:41
11."Lucky Country"Garrett, Hirst, Moginie, Rotsey4:55


Chart (1981/82) Position
Australian Kent Music Report[5] 12


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 26 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. ^ Ruhlmann, William. Place without a Postcard review. AllMusic. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  5. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. NOTE: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting from 1970 until ARIA created their own charts in mid-1988.
  6. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2014 Albums" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 31 December 2014.

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