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Old 08-20-2005, 06:55 PM   #1
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Midnight Oil Dance & Bed Burning Thread

Arguably Australia's Greatest Band. Full stop.

Everyone knows Beds Are Burning... but that is barely scratching the surface of this quintet.

Lead by charasmatic front-man Peter Garrett (or simply "Pete" said in a deep voice) Midnight Oil released 13 albums and played thousands of shows from the mid-70's to early 2002.

Some of the songs you may know are:

Blue Sky Mining
Power & The Passion
The Dead Heart
King Of The Mountain
Dreamworld
I Don't Wanna Be The One
Outbreak Of Love
US Forces
Read About It
Best Of Both Worlds
Redneck Wonderland

Yes, Midnight Oil were a political band, with most lyrics promoting or denouncing a movement of some description - but it is done well, with passion, with vigor.

For me personally Midnight Oil have produced my favourite front man of all time - Peter Garett, my favourite guitarist of all time - Jim Moginie, favourite living drummer Rob Hirst and two of my favourite albums of all time... Earth, Sun & Moon... & Blue Sky Mining. I only was able to see them perform once... but it will stand as one of the musical highlights of my life.





I will post mp3's later if they are wanted.
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You know I the band (and you as well timothius )

Saw them several times, both in the 80s & 90s (I think). Saw them in October of 2001 (post-9/11) and we knew we were in for something special. Hey, I wonder if that recording is out there somewhere. Perhaps tim does... HELP a fellow fan out!

If you are not familiar with them, definitely check out 'BLUE SKY MINING'

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Have you read Rob Hirt's tour diary from that tour? I only just found out about it last week... should be a good read if I can find it.
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let me know - that might be interesting
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I love what I know of Midnight Oil, which is admittedly not much. They do seem like quite an exceptional band, though!
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I still have 20,000 Watt RSL sitting in Winzip format for you Axver... YSI keeps kicking it half way through. . I'll try again tonight.

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beds are burning?
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ysi has been slow today for me. 3 hours for a 131,000kb videoclip... trying for a 45k at the moment

back to ...guess god thinks I'm abel...
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Hubby says:

Here's my favorite Oil live memory. Lila says you would like to hear it. Beds are Burning had just been released as the single for that album. We got the single in at the record store and it had a song on the B side called Hercules. Became an immediate favorite of mine and was not included on the LP(Of course you know this). They toured here eventually, we had pretty good seats and they opened with King of the mountain. Another great show later they come out for the encore, Peter says something, probably political of course, and then I hear the opening notes of Hercules. I could'nt believe it. When they get to the middle sorta instrumental break, Peter climbs up the scaffolding that I think was part of their stage set, and gets high enough when I start thinking that he isn't gonna have time to get down for the part where he comes back in. The other guys are singing"This is something I will remember" while looking over their shoulders to see what the hell Peter was doing. Probably wondering what they were gonna do, because it was obvious to them (and me and probably a few others) that someone is gonna sing his part. Suddenly from about 10-15 feet up he takes a dive for the floor, lands in a heap, sommersaults I believe, gets hold of a mike and in almost perfect timing "Why wait for the planes to come, when everybodys got you on the run.............. Awesome At least that's the way I remember it, I could be wrong. Legal protection
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I want to hear, Tim!
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I still have 20,000 Watt RSL sitting in Winzip format for you Axver... YSI keeps kicking it half way through. . I'll try again tonight.

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Thanks heaps for trying! I wish YSI weren't such a pain! Hmm ... my Gmail account has space if you can send that way, but it seems most e-mail accounts/clients don't let you send more than 10MB at once. Seems rather pointless to have a couple of gigs of space if other people can only send you 10MB at once ...
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My favourite Oils moment is the concert at Goat Island in the middle of Sydney Harbour, a gig they did for radio station JJ sometime around 85, methinks. They showed it in full on the programme Rock Arena.

Pete climbs the scaffolding and waves to a tanker floating on past. Cool!
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Great band...
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at the thread title! Yeah, I'm one of those people who only know Beds Are Burning. Great song.
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