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Sydney, Australia (1976 – 2002)

Midnight Oil were an influential alternative rock band formed in Sydney, Australia in 1976. The band originally formed as “Farm” in 1972. The band is best known for their political activism and environmentalism and their 1987 worldwide hit single “Beds Are Burning”. For most of their career, the band consisted of Peter Garrett (vocals), Jim Moginie (guitar, keyboards), Martin Rotsey (guitar), Bones Hillman (bass, vocals) and Rob Hirst (drums).

The band split in 2002 to allow Garrett to focus on his political career. He became a member of the Australian House of Representatives and the was the Australian Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts from 2007-2010. From 2010, he was the Australian Minister for Education. Garrett did not stand for re-election in 2013. The band has reunited since then for two benefit concerts: the 2005 WaveAid concert for Indian Ocean Tsunami victims and in March 2009 the band reformed for two shows in Canberra as a warm up for “Sound Relief” in Melbourne, a benefit concert for the Victorian Bushfire victims.

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 developed a reputation as an impressive and hard-working live act associated with the surfing community of Sydney. They became one of Australia’s most respected bands, known for their live performances, and also for their activism and support for community groups and causes.

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  • blueuniform

    best of both worlds

    21 Aug 9:29am Reply
  • Franbau

    Su mejor canción. Grandes!

    20 Jan 1:01pm Reply
  • arrogance_agony

    am i the only one who thinks that they are playing art rock?

    23 Oct 2013 Reply
  • bobbyefc38

    hopefully pete has finished with politics and the oils will reform

    28 Sep 2013 Reply
  • RedRage

    Excellent catalog. Many, many favorites.

    19 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Konskyy

    www.facebook.com/8090musiclovers - join my fanpage if you like 80-90's music :)

    7 Aug 2013 Reply
  • viathin12

    loved there diesel and dust album every song was very good. Don't forget its not the politicians that are in charge but the big corporate entitys and thegiant globalists or top 7 richest elitests taht are running things polititions are just the talking heads

    7 Jul 2013 Reply
  • MisterRobbie

    "A BIG FAIL," truly the most damning criticism ever written.

    25 May 2013 Reply
  • OneSalient

    New Group - I Buy Music Directly From The Artist

    11 Sep 2012 Reply
  • badgesture

    river runs red. <3

    20 Aug 2012 Reply
  • hookbags

    What a useless piece of shit politician Peter Garrett turned out to be. All his preaching in his songs and he is one of the worst labor politicians ever. A BIG FAIL as environment minister and speaks as much bullshit as the rest of them - fucking hypocrite!

    16 Aug 2012 Reply
  • ecorunner

    its sad that beds are burning is by far number 1 here. The band is so so much more than that song. If you watch "In the valley" video, you get a feel that this is one of the most special bands that has ever been.

    11 Aug 2012 Reply
  • igorgeneration

    this band changed my musical taste so bad, when i was a teenager <3

    29 Jun 2012 Reply
  • erickamil

    The dead heart

    12 May 2012 Reply
  • promisedeyes

    Anyone who has only listened to "Beds Are Burning" is really, really depriving himself/herself.

    7 May 2012 Reply
  • Mascoso

    head injuries their best work [2]

    23 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Kelliea17

    I've always loved "The Dead Heart." Then I went to Australia and saw Uluru. The song took on a whole new meaning and I understood Peter Garrett's social/political views. It all comes out in this song and it's unbelievably powerful!

    3 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Killerdwarf

    Head Injuries ... their best work

    25 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Lukasx0

    Put Down That Weapon <3

    16 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Slesar-int

    Check some sleaze/hard rock http://www.lastfm.ru/music/Shit+rave

    14 Feb 2012 Reply
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