The creepy, hypnotic dancing of freakishly tall and bald lead singer Peter Garrett draws you in and makes this video worth watching at least once (I watched it many times as a kid). Is this guy a rock star or Mr. Clean? Or possibly an escaped nut job from a local insane asylum. My young brain struggled to figure it all out.
All I really knew is that the band was tight, solid and soon went on to much larger fame with hits like “Beds Are Burning” and “The Dead Heart” from their 1987 record Diesel and Dust. It’s a solid record and was named the 13th best album of the 1980s by Rolling Stone Magazine.
I was an Oils fan for many years. And for me, it all started with “Power and the Passion” and Peter Garrett’s spasmodic dancing. Perhaps the only other rocker with an equally distinctive dance is Ian Curtis from Joy Division. But that’s a post and a video for another day.