Verified Purchase. Actually: 3. Midnight Oil was one of the best bands of the 's with four outstanding records 10,9. Their star began to decline a bit in the 's as the band members decided to devote more time to family, political activism including Peter Garrett's political career. Earth, Sun and Moon reflects this reduced focus, as they seemed to try to make a good record instead of a great one.
The record is well-produced, has a very 'live in studio' feel, and sounds great on long drives. The songs themselves have a steadier and slightly slower pace. Jim Moginie has added more bluesy sounds to his diverse palatte, both on guitar and organ, but Rob Hirst seems less active this time around. The frenetic energy that gave rise to Midnight Oil's improvisation and experimentation is not captured in this recording, leaving one wanting a bit more.
The songs drag on a bit too long and are missing the catchy hooks that make so many Midnight Oil songs memorable. The choruses are often drawn out, and consequently, some of the melodies fall flat. The lyrics are more focused on national issues in Australia, and seem to serve as the perfect platform whether intentional or not for Garrett's political career.
The passion is very much alive, focused perhaps too narrowly , but the band shows it still knows how to evoke emotions with its direct, defiant and poignant deliveries. Other worthy tracks are 'In the Valley' and 'Tell me the Truth'. It has the passion, creativity and musical dexterity of the best Midnight Oil songs. However, when compared with prior works, one feels as if the band had stopped making music their all-consuming ambition, as the band members moved into their 30's, stopped long tours and focused more on family and on Australia.
For some reason I never explored any other music from this band until I heard the song "Truganini" while listening to Pandora last week. Earth and Sun and Moon is a great CD from start to finish, and it looks like I'm going to be forced to take a closer look at the rest of their catalog!
Took me more than 20 years to realize what a good Midnight Oil album this is--up among the handful of their very best. Wednesday 30 September Thursday 1 October Friday 2 October Saturday 3 October Sunday 4 October Monday 5 October Tuesday 6 October Wednesday 7 October Thursday 8 October Friday 9 October Saturday 10 October Sunday 11 October Monday 12 October Tuesday 13 October Wednesday 14 October Thursday 15 October Friday 16 October Saturday 17 October Sunday 18 October Monday 19 October Tuesday 20 October Wednesday 21 October Thursday 22 October Friday 23 October Saturday 24 October Sunday 25 October Monday 26 October Tuesday 27 October Wednesday 28 October Thursday 29 October Monday 2 November Tuesday 3 November Wednesday 4 November Thursday 5 November Friday 6 November Saturday 7 November Sunday 8 November Monday 9 November Tuesday 10 November Wednesday 11 November Thursday 12 November Friday 13 November Saturday 14 November Sunday 15 November Midnight Oil undertook more politically motivated benefit concerts,  including organising the Stop the Drop Nuclear Disarmament concert in which received a United Nations Media Peace Prize.
In January , Midnight Oil performed Oils on the Water , a concert on Goat Island in Sydney Harbour to celebrate Triple J 's tenth birthday,  before a select audience of fans who had won tickets in a radio competition. Peter Gifford left the band before the album's release due to extensive touring schedules,  and was replaced by Bones Hillman , formerly of The Swingers.
Diesel and Dust peaked at No. There were concerns about Diesel and Dust and Midnight Oil's attempts to express indigenous issues to white urban audiences — namely, the question "who holds the power to tell whose history? However, the organisers insisted, arguing that the band would reach a wider audience within the predominantly Caucasian urban centres.
During — and — Garrett was the President of the Australian Conservation Foundation , whilst during — he was on the International Board of Greenpeace. Ghostwriters' line-ups — both live and in the studio — changed considerably through the years, with only founders Hirst and Grossman being mainstays. Between successive album releases Hirst and Grossman returned to active involvement with Oils and Gurus respectively. Scream in Blue Live , their June live album produced by Keith Walker, contained material from concerts between —, including "Progress" from their Exxon Valdez protest gig.
Midnight Oil's Earth and Sun and Moon album, produced with Nick Launay, was released in April and also drew critical acclaim and international success, peaking at No. Morris responded with, "My suggestion to these people is to stop shooting themselves in the foot and let a band like Midnight Oil voice its appeal to White Australia on behalf of Black Australia". The band performed the song along with "My Country" from the album on the American sketch-comedy series Saturday Night Live during the May 8, episode hosted by Christina Applegate.
Breathe was released in It was produced by Malcolm Burn and had a loose, raw style with almost a low-key sound. Midnight Oil again brought the politics of Reconciliation to the fore during their performance at the closing ceremony of the Sydney Summer Olympics.
Then Prime Minister John Howard had triggered controversy that year with his refusal to embrace symbolic reconciliation and apologise to Indigenous Australians and members of the Stolen Generations. But he had also claimed their reconciliation-themed single " Beds Are Burning " was his favourite Midnight Oil song.
Midnight Oil performed the song at the ceremony with the word SORRY conspicuously printed on their clothes as a form of apology to Indigenous people for their suffering under white settlement and to highlight the issue to Howard, who was in the audience at the Olympic stadium as an estimated one billion people watched on television. Garrett announced his decision to quit Midnight Oil on 2 December , to refocus on his political career.
The other members of the band continued to work together but not under the Midnight Oil name, bringing the band's career to a close. After a warm up gig the previous evening at the Manly-Warringah Leagues Club the band, including Garrett, reunited to perform at the WaveAid concert on 29 January , to raise funds for the victims of the 26 December Indian Ocean tsunami. They spoke to us — and to the world — in a uniquely Australian way. Rob Hirst in his acceptance speech thanked his family, bandmates, and support from fellow Australians.
He also lamented the fact that unlike the Vietnam war which had inspired some of the best protest songs ever written, very few had been written in reaction to the invasion of Iraq. On 4 May it was announced on the band's website that Midnight Oil intended to reform and embark on a tour in their first concerts in Australia since and their first world tour since After three warm up concerts in their native Australia, the band toured Brazil, the U. In March , the band announced the release of a new documentary film entitled Midnight Oil: Directed by Ray Argall, the film primarily consists of previously-unseen footage from the band's tour in support of Red Sails in the Sunset.
Both shows at the Domain the band also performed there on 17 November were filmed and recorded, being turned into the live album and film Armistice Day: Live at the Domain, Sydney. The film was given a one-night cinematic release on 24 October On 7 August , Midnight Oil released their first song in 18 years titled " Gadigal Land ", with all earnings going to organisations promoting the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
The Makarrata Project was released on 30 October  and reached Number 1 in the Australian albums chart on 6 November Midnight Oil initially faced resistance from the mainstream media ,  but went on to sell 12 million albums by You know: life on the road and the inconvenience of VD.
Dicks and chicks. Faux Americana. Finally someone was playing stuff that was musically idiosyncratic, fresh and strong. And authentic. The group have influenced international acts such as Green Day ,  R. They're a really underrated band. He recited the chorus lyrics of their song "Forgotten Years" and hailed the outfit as an "extraordinary" band whose music "brought people's differences together; not to resolve them, just to get them in the same room, up each other's noses".
That song touches my heart. Music journalist Kurt Loder once noted that Midnight Oil were "reputed to be Australia's most formidable live act";  Tomas Mureika in AllMusic argued they were "the tightest band on the planet for a time". Current touring personnel . These annual awards were established by Australasian Performing Right Association APRA in to honour the achievements of songwriters and music composers and to recognise their song writing skills, sales and airplay performance, by its members annually.
The ARIA Music Awards are an annual set of awards, commenced in , which recognise excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of Australian music. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the band. For the idiom, see Wiktionary:burn the midnight oil. Midnight Oil at Vieilles Charrues Festival , Alternative rock hard rock post-punk new wave early . Powderworks Columbia. Main article: The Makarrata Project. Revolution Empowerment Road Trip. Track Listing.
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