Australia's Midnight Oil brought a new sense of political and social immediacy to pop music: not only did Beds Are Burning - Various - Start A Revolution hits like "Beds Are Burning" and "Blue Sky Mine" bring global attention to the plight of, respectively, Australia's indigenous people and working class, but the group also put its money where its mouth was -- in addition to mounting benefit performances for groups like Greenpeace and Save the Whales, frontman Peter Garrett later became a member of the Australian House of Representatives on the Labor ticket.
Early on, Midnight Oil 's music was rough-hewn hard rock with a punky vibe this side of the band can be heard on 's Head Injurieswhile they began taking on more adventurous melodic constructs and angular arrangements that sounded smart without slipping into pretension their high points in this era were 's 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and 's Red Sails in the Sunset. The group adopted a slightly more accessible approach and more dynamic arrangements with 's international hit Diesel and Dustand they kept up this engaging if less aggressive attack on 's Blue Sky Mining and 's Earth and Sun and Moon.
The band formed in Sydney in as Farmand originally comprised guitarists Jim Moginie and Martin Rotseydrummer Rob Hirstand bassist Andrew "Bear" James ; Garretta law student known for his seven-foot-tall stature and shaven head, assumed vocal duties inand the group soon rechristened itself Midnight Oil. After months of sporadic gigs, they began making the rounds to area record companies; following a string of rejections, the group formed its own label, Powderworks, and issued its self-titled debut -- a taut, impassioned collection of guitar rock that quickly established the Midnight Oil sound -- in Starin At The Sound - House Of Bass - Hip Hop West declaring their independence from the music industry, Midnight Oil grew increasingly active and outspoken in the political arena; after performing in opposition to uranium mining, they supported the Soliloquy Pt.1 - Raleigh Theodore Sakers - Raliegh Theodore Sakers Council before turning their attentions to the unfair practices of the local music industry, and formed their own booking agency in response to the monopoly exerted by area agents and promoters.
With their sophomore effort, Head Injuriesthe band scored its first hit single, "Cold Cold Change," and earned a gold record. James left the band the following year due to health problems; with new bassist Peter Giffordthey cut the EP Bird Noisesanother chart success. Their follow-up, 's 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1spent over two years in the Australian Top 40; after 's Red Sails in the SunsetGarrett made a run at Beds Are Burning - Various - Start A Revolution Australian Senate on the Nuclear Disarmament Party ticket, losing by only a narrow margin.
Participation in the Artists United Against Apartheid project followed, leading directly into Midnight Oil 's increased interest in the battles of Australia's indigenous population and a tour, dubbed "Black Fella White Fella," with the Warumpi Band. The plight of Indigenous Australians fueled much of 's Diesel and Dustthe Oils ' breakthrough record; sparked by the hit single "Beds Are Burning," the album More More Anymore - Wartburgs Für Walter - Complete Works the U.
Top 20 and made the band a household name. After bassist Dwayne "Bones" Hillman ex- Swingers replaced GiffordMidnight Oil returned with 's Blue Sky Miningwhich they followed with a concert outside of the Exxon corporation's Manhattan offices in protest of the company's handling of the Alaskan oil spill.
A film of the performance titled Black Rain Falls was later released, with profits going to Greenpeace. The album Earth and Sun and Moon appeared Beds Are Burning - Various - Start A Revolution followed three years later by Breathe. Midnight Oil next resurfaced in with Redneck Wonderland. The Real Thingonly available in Australia, followed in It was a solid collection of new songs and live tracks from Midnight Oil 's magnificent run at the Metro Theatre in Sydney.
Capricorniaissued on Liquid 8 in springmarked the band's 14th album. In December, Garrett announced his split from the group after 25 years.
He left Midnight Oil on good terms and decided to pursue politics full-time. Inhe ran for the House of Representatives on the Labor ticket. InGarrett was appointed Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts by Prime Minister-elect Kevin Rudd, and continued to serve in various capacities untilwhen he chose to conclude his political career.
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