Portion of the album cover to <i>Read Sails in the Sunset</i> by Midnight Oil.

When the Generals Talk

1984

Was 1984 a nervous time in the world? I wouldn't know. I was 13 years old, head-deep into my Color Computer 2, not taking much notice of the world going by.

While researching my next blog post, "35 years ago this month", I found a copy of the Australian Rainbow magazine from January 1985. Graham Morphett was the Editor and Publisher. He wrote a PRINT#-2 (Rainbow's editorial column) which had me thinking.

Cover of the Australian Rainbow, No's 42 and 43, December 1984 to January 1985.
Cover of the Australian Rainbow, No's 42 and 43, December 1984 to January 1985.

He says:

All of us at Rainbow hope that this Christmas will be a special one for you and your family.

We make this magazine because we care what happens in the world. We hope that, through this magazine, we can show that the love that is seen more often at Christmas can be part of our lives through the year.

Who needs all that weaponry... the wars... only the politicians and the generals!

Without knowing Graham, I believe that this might be a reference to Midnight Oil's song When the Generals Talk, from the album Read Sails in the Sunset which was released only a couple of months earlier, in October 1984. The cover of the album depicts the fear that we had regading the cold war and the nukes.

Graham goes on to say:

Me, I'd rather sit on a beach with my wife and daughter, dig holes in the sand, and think of dumb things to write about in this magazine!

CoCo takes you whereever you want to be. If you need to be aggressive, you can shoot aliens from the other side of the black hole. If you need to obtain an insight into the mathematics of the solar system, CoCo will assist, if you want to teach your child anything from Bible stories to maths, music to programming (in several different languages), CoCo assists.

A glance at what we have in store for you in this magazine will show that in many ways, we are still only scratching the surface of the CoCo's abilities.

If you are not reading our magazine for the first time, you should know that this magazine is created by a group of friends, for a group of friends. It's a team effort, and we all take a great deal of personal pride in what we do here.

What a beautiful statement of peace in a time of, well, shit-scaredness.

You can read more of Graham's editorial below, and if you haven't heard Midnight Oil's When the Generals Talk, you can hear it below.


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Midnight Oil, "When the Generals Talk"

Page 3 of the Australian Rainbow, No's 42 and 43, December 1984 to January 1985.
Page 3 of the Australian Rainbow, No's 42 and 43, December 1984 to January 1985.

Page 4 of the Australian Rainbow, No's 42 and 43, December 1984 to January 1985.
Page 4 of the Australian Rainbow, No's 42 and 43, December 1984 to January 1985.

Page 5 of the Australian Rainbow, No's 42 and 43, December 1984 to January 1985.
Page 5 of the Australian Rainbow, No's 42 and 43, December 1984 to January 1985.

Created on Monday 29 January 2018.