Tuesday, 2 April 2013

A-Z '13 - Beds Are Burning {+ THE BEGONIA BRIBE}

It's April, and the A-to-Z blogging challenge of 2013 has started! At almost the last minute I decided to run through a list of classic Aussie tunes for this year's challenge. Well, they're either classic or just plain songs I like. Today it's time for B, so here you go:

Beds Are Burning - Midnight Oil

B was a tough choice (I have a fair few honourable mentions listed below as you can see, and that's after trimming!), but I've gone with the good old Oil. They are true Australian legends, even if Peter Garrett has kind of fallen from grace a little by becoming a politician (he did have great intentions, but...no). Midnight Oil were renowned for their political activism, particularly in relation to environmental and indigenous issues. The music was a great vehicle for left-wing politics, and this song is a classic example.

Honourable mentions:

In other news, today I am doing a shout-out for Alyse Carlson (a.k.a. Hart Johnson!!)'s new book, THE BEGONIA BRIBE. Check it out:

The Begonia Bribe

The Begonia Bribe: 2nd in the Garden Society Cozy Mystery series by Alyse Carlson (aka: Hart Johnson)

Roanoke, Virginia, is home to some of the country’s most exquisite gardens, and it’s Camellia Harris’s job to promote them. But when a pint-sized beauty contest comes to town, someone decides to deliver a final judgment …

A beauty pageant for little girls—the Little Miss Begonia Pageant—has decided to hold their event in a Roanoke park. Camellia is called in to help deal with the botanical details, the cute contestants, and their catty mothers. She soon realizes that the drama onstage is nothing compared to the judges row. There’s jealousy, betrayal, and a love triangle involving local newsman—and known lothario—Telly Stevens. And a mysterious saboteur is trying to stop the pageant from happening at all.

But the drama turns deadly when Stevens is found dead, poisoned by some sort of plant. With a full flowerbed of potential suspects, Cam needs to dig through the evidence to uproot a killer with a deadly green thumb.

Pre-order on: Amazon Barnes and Noble
Find Hart/Alyse at: Confessions of a Watery Tart, Facebook Author Page or Profile Twitter


  1. Some great B song choices (back in black is one of my all time favs)

    A to Z Ninja Minion

  2. Midnight Oil-now that song takes me back. I prefer AC/DC and Back in Black, but Beds are Burning is great too.

  3. wow, I remember when that first came out and watching the video on MTV - back when they actually showed videos!

  4. Yes, I remember this song well...looks like an interesting book too.

  5. I remember the song but never saw the video. I like it.

  6. I remember that song.

    Congrats to Hart!

  7. Oh my gosh, I haven't heard this song in years. Now it will be stuck in my head the rest of the day. Love it.

    Congrats to Alyse!

  8. I loved that song! Congratulations to Hart. :)

  9. I've always loved that song and congrats to Hart :)

  10. I've never heard this song before. Love your A to Z Challenge theme!

  11. Congrats to Hart! The cover is adorable!

  12. Such a unique theme you're doing for the A-Z Challenge! :) Thanks for sharing some great new tunes with us.

    I was going to participate in A-Z but unfortunately I realized how hectic my exam schedule is going to be this month. But I'll definitely be keeping up to date with everyone's blogs throughout April!

    ~Wendy Lu

    The Red Angel Blog

  13. Yay for Hart!

    I've gotten away from listening to music in the last ten years or so.

    Laura Eno – A Shift in Dimensions

  14. I used to listen to Beds are Burning a lot. Love that song.

  15. Congratulations to Hart! Thanks for sharing the song :)

    Damyanti @Daily(w)rite
    Co-host, A to Z Challenge 2013

    Twitter: @AprilA2Z

  16. OK, this song I know. I remember dancing to this back in the day...

  17. This brings back memories! Thank you. I would go to Midnight Oil's concerts.

    Good to see another Aussie blogger in the challenge.

    Good Luck

  18. That takes me back. Been a while since I heard the tune. Thanks.

  19. I love this song.

    Congrats to Hart.

  20. The time has come! Blue Sky Mine would've worked for this, too. :-)

    I just skimmed over your posts and was appalled that the only name I recognized was Gotye, but then I hit your "B" post and I was all "W000000T, yeah, Midnight Oil! Dyvinals! Hoodoo Gurus, W0000000000000T!!!!!" But I had to go back in time for them, though. :-)
    Some Dark Romantic

  21. Oils! \o/
    One of the best bands I've ever seen live. Mindblowing.
    Better, Berlin Chair and Breakfast at Sweethearts are also favourites.


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