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Somebody's Trying to Tell Me Something

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Released  1982
Length  4:00+
Genre  Rock
Label  Columbia Records
Producer(s)  Midnight Oil, Nick Launay

"Somebody's Trying to Tell Me Something" is a song by Midnight Oil drawn from their 1982 studio effort 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. The song more or less disappeared after the tour for the album ensued.


Run-out groove

The song is noteworthy on vinyl versions for its use of the run-out groove. This was one of the few times in popular music overall, certainly in Australian music, that this was done. The final scream of "breaking me down" is held on the run-out groove, so it appears to go on forever.

Since this could not be re-created on the CD, the vocal was held for about 40 seconds and faded out.

It should also be noted that this use of run-out groove did not appear on all vinyl versions.


  • Peter Garrett - lead vocals
  • Peter Gifford - bass, backup vocals
  • Martin Rotsey - guitar
  • Jim Moginie - guitar, keyboards
  • Rob Hirst - drums, percussion
  • References

    Somebody's Trying to Tell Me Something Wikipedia

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