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  Midnight Oil - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Midnight Oil was an Australian rock band known for their driving hard rock sound, intense live performances and their overt left-wing political activism.
The Oils, as they are known to their fans, began as a progressive rock band called Farm in the early 1970s, then under the Midnight Oil name became an aggressive, hard-rock group associated with the surfer community near Sydney.
Their first two albums, 'Midnight Oil' and 'Head Injuries' are now regarded as classics of Australian indie rock, mixing solid guitar rock with progressive flourishes; both were released independently through the M7 label (a subsidiary of the Seven TV Network) and both were produced by Triple J live concert sound producer Keith Walker.
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The Oils where underwhelmed by what the record companies were offering and opted to form their own independent record label, Powderworks.
'Midnight Oil' was released on November 1, 1978.
In 1986 the band launched itself at the heart of Australia with a tour of remote aboriginal communities and the 'The Dead Heart' EP which included contributions from their Koori tour support group Warumpi Band, and another aboriginal outfit, Coloured Stone.
www.howlspace.com.au /en/midnightoil/midnightoil.htm   (1142 words)

 Midnight Oil
Midnight Oil isn't the most famous or successful rock band of the 80s and 90s, but boy do they have a lot going for them.
Non-commercial Midnight Oil web sites come and go so quickly I can hardly keep track of them; the Dead Heart is probably the best but is poorly designed and user-unfriendly.
Midnight Oil finally hit the big time here, with the funky "Beds Are Burning" becoming a major radio hit almost everywhere except in the US (the followup single "The Dead Heart" didn't do quite so well).
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 The sun sets on Midnight Oil - theage.com.au
Long-time environmentalists, in 1990 the Oils played a concert on the streets of New York outside the offices of Exxon to protest against the effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill off the coast of Alaska.
However, while politics singled out Midnight Oil, equally as important was the fact that the band channelled that activism into pop songs, not dirges: hummable, saleable, chart-appearing songs that reached millions.
Midnight Oil was known for volume and force but the international hit, Diesel And Dust, and its follow-up Blue Sky Mining, both rested on acoustic sounds.
www.theage.com.au /articles/2002/12/03/1038712934982.html   (1329 words)

 Midnight Oil ~ Biography
Midnight Oil are a legendary rock band from Australia with a career spanning three decades.
They changed their name to Midnight Oil after it was drawn randomly out of a hat.
In 1986, Midnight Oil were commissioned to write a song for the traditional owners of Uluru, a sacred monolith in the central desert of Australia.
www.midnight-oil.info /biography   (903 words)

So, if Midnight Oil are the reluctant birthday boys, let us now be the insistent revelers who force them to at least participate in the celebrations, acknowledge the speeches and blow out a few candles.
The facts: 1976 is the year that the historians generally nominate for the commencement of the Midnight Oil juggernaut, because that was the year that guitarist Martin Rotsey joined forces with three other lifetime members: Jim Moginie, Rob Hirst and Peter Garrett.
Midnight Oil is like a river and continues to flow.
www.sonymusic.com /artists/MidnightOil/html/biography.html   (932 words)

 BBC - h2g2 - Midnight Oil - A Band With A Conscience
This is the poignant close to the video accompanying the song 'Pictures.' Midnight Oil were building a reputation for sticking their necks out and the song and video highlighted illegal rainforest logging in Tasmania and pushed the band firmly into the spotlight.
Midnight Oil spent the next three years on the campaign and touring trails, an exertion that took its toll on Peter Gifford, who left the band through ill-health in 1989.
Midnight Oil's response, by playing a guerrilla gig on a flatbed truck outside Exxon's headquarters in New York, brought areas of the city to a standstill and was hailed by environmentalists trying to put as much pressure on big business as possible.
www.bbc.co.uk /dna/h2g2/A3577232   (3522 words)

 Disposable hero - smh.com.au
However, while the politics marked out Midnight Oil, just as importantly this was a band that channelled that activism into pop songs not dirges: hummable, saleable, chart-appearing songs that reached millions rather than warm-inner-glow folk songs that played in the trades hall.
Rare among successful bands, Midnight Oil were never afraid to experiment with their songs and their audience.
While contemporaries such as INXS and Mental As Anything have lost singers and songwriters and the Go-Betweens and X split and then reformed, the Midnight Oil who toured this year are pretty much what you would have seen at the Royal Antler hotel in Narrabeen 25 years ago, albeit slightly older.
www.smh.com.au /articles/2002/12/03/1038712935187.html   (1167 words)

 Midnight Oil ~ News, Biography, Discography, Live Shows, Bootlegs, Lyrics, Guitar Tabs, Gallery
Midnight Oil played at Wave Aid on 29 January 2005 at the Sydney Cricket Ground, AND a warm up gig at Manly Leagues Club on the 28th.
Oils On The Water is a phenomenal performance on Goat Island, Sydney Harbour on 13 January 1985 and "Saturday Night At The Capitol", a raw, energetic concert at Sydney's Capitol Theatre on 27 November 1982.
Capricornia is one of Midnight Oil's finest albums, and possibly their last.
www.midnight-oil.info   (454 words)

 pastemusic.com: Midnight Oil
Unquestionably unique, Midnight Oil could never, ever be mistaken for any other band…as much a political force in their native Australia as they are its most defining rock icons, Midnight Oil is renowned globally as well for their potent music and equally ardent and courageous social activism.
Midnight Oil’s renewed professional collaboration with Munoz via Liquid 8 — on record, onstage, and of course, on principle — is a mutually welcome turn of events.
The Oils bade farewell to the ‘90s with a bang…the savage Redneck Wonderland (’98), which re-teamed the band with Warne Livesey, is a searing exposition of the dark and unjust underbelly of Australia, the quintessential Midnight Oil full-tilt, righteous rock ‘n roll rant.
www.pastestore.com /artist/10242   (1413 words)

 TrouserPress.com :: Midnight Oil
No doubt the Oils' insistence on intra-band democracy and doing things their own way was why they refused a major- league deal for five years.
The advantages of a Midnight Oil live album over a Midnight Oil concert are obvious: you get all the anthemic passion and none of the distraction — specifically, Garrett's spastic calisthenics.
Maturity significantly improved the Oils' methodology, but it was accompanied by a distinct decline in the group's creativity.
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 VH1.com : Midnight Oil : Biography
Participation in the Artists United Against Apartheid project followed, leading directly into Midnight Oil's increased interest in the battles of Australia's aboriginal settlers and a tour, dubbed "Black Fella White Fella," with the aborigine group the Warumpi Band.
The aborigines' plight came to the fore on 1987's Diesel and Dust, the Oils' breakthrough record; sparked by the hit single "Beds Are Burning," the album reached the U.S. Top 20 and made the band a household commodity.
It was a solid collection of new songs and live tracks from Midnight Oil's magnificent run at the Metro Theatre in Sydney.
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 CNN.com - Midnight Oil back to 'rub noses' with North American fans - November 15, 2001
'Cranky guys' from Oz Midnight Oil -- "a bunch of cranky guys from Aussie" Garrett calls them -- belted out unforgettable songs like "Forgotten Years," "Power and the Passion" and an acoustic version of the late '80s Aboriginal land-rights hit, "Beds Are Burning" for the crowd of 800 in Atlanta last Wednesday.
The Oils have been touring their homeland, and in their usual fashion, delivering music that pleases the band rather than pop's mainstream.
But Garrett says the Oils thought it was time to take their music beyond Australia's borders again.
www.cnn.com /2001/SHOWBIZ/Music/11/13/midnight.oil/index.html   (806 words)

 Entertainment Ave! The Concert Hall - A concert review of Midnight Oil at The Metro - Chicago, IL. - October 10, 1996.
As the show starts and Peter Garrett and the rest of the Oils take the stage, the first thing that strikes me is that this Peter guy is huge.
Cool music I've thought, the new CD seems a little bit mellower but still with a driving beat, and as I'm standing there I'm listening to classic Midnight Oil songs that in today's arena blow away most of the moshing-style music being thrown through the radio on a regular basis.
The Oil's crowd gets to bob their heads and sing along and doesn't have to be worried about getting kicked in the head by some crowd-surfer.
www.entertainmentavenue.com /concert_hall/reviews/m/midnight_oil/mo101096.htm   (553 words)

 Amazon.com: Best of Both Worlds: Music: Midnight Oil   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Overall, this is a MUST for long time Midnight Oil fans--it might be a little pricey for casual observers, but that doesn't diminish the quality one bit.
Oils on the water is a live show from 1985 on goat island in the middle of sydney harbour.
This package is a must have whether you are a fan of Midnight Oil or have never listen to them.
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 Midnight Oil   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Joined by Dwayne "Bones' Hillman (bass) in 1977 and changing their name to Midnight Oil, the band took a couple of album releases to refine its songwriting style, principally by Moginie and Hirst.
The band continued its antagonistic attitude towards major industrial companies in 1990, by organizing a protest concert outside the Manhattan offices of the Exxon oil company, who were responsible for the Valdez oil slick in Alaska.
Although later studio releases failed to reach the peaks of previous albums, Midnight Oil remained a powerful live act.
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I was reading Midnight Oil when the news was published in late January 1993 that Conoco, Amoco, Chevron and Phillips had exclusive concessions to about two‑thirds of Somalia's future oil and gas discoveries.
Midnight Notes' emphasis on seeing things from the working class point of view provides a refreshing reminder of the usefulness of some of Marx's original analyses about the broader categories of capitalist society.
Midnight Notes contributor Peter Linebaugh, once a student of reknowned British labor historian E.P. Thompson, has fulfilled the promise of that apprenticeship by publishing an incredibly detailed account of the use of capital punishment in London from the late 17th century through the 18th century.
www.processedworld.com /Issues/issue31/31_reviews.html   (2164 words)

 Amazon.com: Diesel and Dust: Music: Midnight Oil   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Few would claim that Midnight Oil's Peter Garrett is the world's greatest rock vocalist, but he clearly means what he sings.
Even though they had been known in their native Australia for years, it wasn't until 1987 and their hit "Beds Are Burning" that the politically conscious Midnight Oil, led by gangling seven foot tall bald lead singer Peter Garrett garnered attention on the other side of the Pacific--i.e.
Nevertheless, the impact and appeal of Diesel and Dust are unrivaled in the Oils history.
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 The Best of Both World's for Midnight Oil   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Midnight Oil performed the secret show in Sydney Harbour on January 13, 1985.
ABC television screened an edited version of the performance in 1985 showing the Oils in all their glory playing to the backdrop of a sunset against Sydney's skyline.
Midnight Oil 'Best of Both Worlds: Oils on the Water/Saturday Night at the Capitol' will be released by ABC DVD on April 5.
www.undercover.com.au /news/2004/feb2004/20040219_midnightoil.html   (503 words)

 Midnight Oil: Redneck Wonderland: Pitchfork Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Midnight Oil is less political and more social commentary- oriented on this outing, with suburbanism, intolerance, complacency, and capitalism being the main targets.
By the time the record's closer rolls around, Midnight Oil has you drained, pissed off, and ready to make a change.
Despite a couple of speed bumps since Diesel and Dust was released ten years ago, Midnight Oil proves with Redneck Wonderland that they can still rock with the best of them, be pissed off with the best of them, and make you think with the best of them.
www.pitchforkmedia.com /record-reviews/m/midnight-oil/redneck-wonderland.shtml   (441 words)

 The Midnight Oil Show   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
For over three years now, this act has paid it's dues, and successfully worked hard satisfying thousands of MIDNIGHT OIL fans in venues all around New South Wales.
The second half of the show will be a full blown, in your face, electrifying MIDNIGHT OIL presentation.
Very few concept acts re-invest in their business, so their lifespan is short (the "Grab the money and run" principle) THE MIDNIGHT OIL SHOW plans to be a major contender in the cover band scene for a long time to come.
www.craigthomsonentertainment.com /moil.html   (256 words)

 iafrica.com | news | world news Ex-Midnight Oil rocker enters politics
The strikingly tall, bald musician left Midnight Oil last year to dedicate himself to the environmentalist cause.
Thursday's announcement by Garrett and Latham was overshadowed slightly by press reports the former Midnight Oil singer had not voted in an Australian election in a decade.
But Garrett denied the reports and insisted he was enrolled on voter lists and had participated in elections, even when touring abroad with Midnight Oil.
iafrica.com /news/worldnews/328273.htm   (680 words)

 JR.com: MIDNIGHT OIL in Music
Midnight Oil: Peter Garrett (vocals, harmonica), Jim Moginie (guitar, keyboards, background vocals), Martin Rotsey (guitar), Bones...
Midnight Oil: Jim Moginie (vocals, guitar, keyboards, synthesizer); Bones Hillman (vocals, bass); Rob Hirst (vocals, drums); Peter...
Midnight Oil: Peter Garrett (vocals, harp); Bones Hillman, Peter Gifford (vocals, bass); Rob Hirst (vocals, drums); Jim Moginie (guitar,...
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 Book Midnight Oil for Event, Meeting, Gala
Known almost as much for their political activism as their music, Australia's Midnight Oil has consistently dealt with issues of oppression, poverty and the environment and pushed rock music to a new level of awareness.
Upon the release of the album, the Oils performed a concert outside of the Manhattan offices of Exxon, protesting the oil spill in Alaska.
The album saw the Oils shift away from studio wizardry and focus on "real instruments" and live recording.
www.grabow.biz /contemporary/MidnightOil.htm   (513 words)

 Midnight Oil and Silverchair reform for Wave Aid   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Both Midnight Oil and Silverchair will reform for Wave-Aid, a charity event to raise money for Tsunami victims.
Midnight Oil broke up in December 2002 after Peter Garrett resigned from the band after 26 years and are getting back together for this special occasion.
Joining the Oils and Silverchair for the gig are Nick Cave, Powderfinger, John Butler Trio, The Waifs, Missy Higgins, Powderfinger, Kasey Chambers, The Finn Brothers, Pete Murray and The all-Australian supergroup The Wrights.
www.undercover.com.au /news/2005/jan05/20050112_waveaid.html   (359 words)

 SignOnSanDiego.com > News > World -- Former Midnight Oil singer wins seat in Australia's parliament
SYDNEY, Australia – Former Midnight Oil singer Peter Garrett completed his transition from rock star to lawmaker Saturday, easily winning a seat for the Labor Party in Sydney.
Garrett, a staunch environmentalist, said he was humbled that voters, particularly Labor supporters, had accepted him and he was ready to get to work.
The 51-year-old had long used Midnight Oil – whose best-known songs include "Beds Are Burning" and "Blue Sky Mine" – as a forum for his anti-nuclear, pro-Aboriginal rights political views.
www.signonsandiego.com /news/world/20041009-0527-australia-election-midnightoil.html   (174 words)

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