Midnight Oil

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Midnight Oil (also known informally as "The Oils" to fans) were an Australian rock band originally performing as Farm from 1972 with drummer Rob Hirst, bass guitarist Andrew James and keyboard player/lead guitarist Jim Moginie. While vocalist Peter Garrett was studying at Australian National University in Canberra, he answered an advertisement for a spot in Farm, and by 1975 the band was touring the east coast. By late 1976, Garrett moved to Sydney to complete his law degree, and Farm changed its name to Midnight Oil by drawing the name out of a hat.

Important to their development was manager Gary Morris who was able to negotiate favourable contracts with tour promoters and record companies and frustrate rock journalists. Guitarist Martin Rotsey joined in 1977 and Midnight Oil, with Morris, established their own record label Powderworks, which released their debut eponymous album in November 1978, and their first single "Run by Night" followed in December. Founding bass guitarist James, forced to leave due to illness in 1980, was replaced by Peter Gifford. Gifford was himself replaced by Bones Hillman in 1987. Through a long and distinguished career, the band became known for its driving hard-rock sound, intense live performances and political activism, particularly in aid of anti-nuclear, environmentalist and indigenous causes.

Midnight Oil's albums which peaked in the Australian Top Ten were 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Red Sails in the Sunset, Species Deceases, Diesel and Dust, Blue Sky Mining, Scream in Blue (Live), Earth and Sun and Moon, Breathe, 20,000 Watt R.S.L., Redneck Wonderland, The Real Thing, Capricornia and Flat Chat. Australian Top Ten singles were "Power and the Passion", "The Dead Heart", "Beds Are Burning" and "Blue Sky Mine". Aside from chart success, both "Power and the Passion" and "Beds Are Burning" were listed by Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) in the Top 30 best Australian songs of all time in 2001, a chart in which Midnight Oil are the only artists to feature twice. In December 2002, Garrett announced that he would seek to further his political career and Midnight Oil disbanded. But they would reform for two warm-up shows in Canberra leading up to their performance at one of the "Sound Relief" charity concerts, in honour of the victims of the 2009 "Black Saturday" fires in Victoria and floods in Queensland.

Midnight Oil won eleven Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Awards during its career, including induction into the Hall of Fame in 2006. At the induction, ARIA chairman Denis Handlin described Midnight Oil as true legends that always led by example in a uniquely Australian way with music that is powerful, uncompromising, inspiring, entertaining and enduring.

In 2010, their album Diesel and Dust ranked no. 1 in the book The 100 Best Australian Albums by Toby Creswell, Craig Mathieson and John O'Donnell.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1991 Deadicated Various Artists 1
1998 Not So Dusty: A Tribute to Slim Dusty Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1988 1988 Australian Rocks Compilation Various Artists 1
1991 The Cities' Sampler, Volume 3: Songs for the Earth Compilation Various Artists 2
1993 Voices for Life Compilation Various Artists 1
1995 Sounds of the Eighties: The Rolling Stone Collection 1986-1987 Compilation Various Artists 1
1995 The Big Backyard Compilation Various Artists 1
1998 The All Time Greatest Rock Songs, Volume 2 Compilation Various Artists 1
1999 Viva East Timor Compilation Various Artists 1
1999 Rock: The Train Kept A Rollin' Compilation Various Artists 2
2000 Best of Rock: The Ultimate Collection Compilation Various Artists 1
2000 Australia's Ultimate Songs Compilation Various Artists 1
2002 KFOG Live From the Archives 9 Compilation Various Artists 1
2003 Peace Not War Compilation Various Artists 1
2006 Aria Awards 20th Anniversary Compilation Various Artists 1
2008 50 Years of Australian Rock & Roll Compilation Various Artists 1
2008 Caution: Life Ahead - Artists for Recovery Compilation Various Artists 1
2009 Super Rock Hits Compilation Various Artists 1
2009 Triple J: Hottest 100 of All Time Compilation Various Artists 1
2009 Bushfire Aid Compilation Various Artists 1
2010 Songs From the 100 Best Australian Albums Compilation Various Artists 1
2011 Triple J: Hottest 100 Australian Albums of All Time Compilation Various Artists 1
2011 The Rock Album Compilation Various Artists 1
2011 The Great Australian Songbook Compilation Various Artists 1
2011 Flood Relief Compilation Various Artists 1
2012 Las grandes canciones que debes escuchar antes del fin del mundo: Los 80's Compilation Various Artists 1
80's Night: The Ultimate DJ Collection Compilation Various Artists 2
All Time Greatest Rock Songs, Volume 1 Compilation Various Artists 1
Antrologia Compilation Various Artists 1
Australian Legends Compilation Various Artists 1
Best Of CMJ 1979-1989 Disc 5 Compilation Various Artists 1
Gold & Platinum, Volume 5 Compilation Various Artists 1
Mastermix Classic Cuts 14: Alternative Compilation Various Artists 1
ROCK Australia Compilation Various Artists 1
Rock Circus - Rock, Vol. 2 Compilation Various Artists 1
Rock Internacional Compilation Various Artists 1
The All Time Greatest Rock Songs Compilation Various Artists 1
The All Time Greatest Rock Songs of the 60s, 70s, 80s & 90s Compilation Various Artists 1
Triple M's New Stuff, Volume 1 Compilation Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2007 ONXRT: Live From the Archives, Volume 10 Compilation Live Various Artists 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1993 ONXRT: Live From the Archives, Volume 1 Live Various Artists 1
1994 Alternative NRG - Greenpeace Live Various Artists 2
2002 More Music Live From the Panel Live Various Artists 1
2002 Cold: Live at the Chapel, Volume 3 Live Various Artists 1
2002 Live at the World Cafe: Handcrafted Live Various Artists 1
2002 KBCO Studio C, Volume 14 Live Various Artists 1
2002 E-Town Live, Volume 3 Live Various Artists 1
2003 The Very Best of MTV Unplugged, Volume 2 Live Various Artists 3 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2006 Songs 2: Von Folk bis Hip Hop Various Artists 1
2012 101 Sporting Anthems Various Artists 1

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