Midnight Oilwas and Australian hard rock punk band which was popular in the 1970's and up until 2002. They began early in the 1970's and were originally called, Farm, before they changed it to Midnight Oil. They changed their style of music after they changed the name of the band. Some of their early hangouts were, North Beaches Pub in Sydney, and The Royal Antler, at Narrabeen, and the Bondi Lifesaver Club, near Sydney’s Bondi Beach. The band was first recognized internationally in 1982 when they released the album, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. The album contained the singles, Power and the Passion and Read About It, US Forces, and Short Memory. The group’s music was pointed in the direction of political activism, and was very intense. The album brought on a series of concerts at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre. One of the concerts was filmed and recorded and was just recently released on a DVD. The band released, Red Sails In the Sunset, in 1984, and continued to expand their music to subjects such as politics, military, consumerism, threat of nuclear war, and environmental issues. There was a promotional video to promote, Best of Both Worlds, and it received a lot of airplay worldwide on cable television.
The band performed at the closing ceremony of the Sidney 2000 Summer Olympics. The band lineup was fairly stable throughout their career with only a few changes. The members were, Garrett (lead singer and synthesizer), Jim Moginie (guitar and keyboard player), Martin Rotsey (guitar player), Rob Hirst (drum player). Andrew James was the first bass player and he left in 1979, and was placed by Peter Gifford. Peter left in 1989 and was replaced by Bones Hillman. Bones stayed with the group until they split up in 2002. Garret quit the band in December, 2002, so he could spend his time with his political career. The other members of the band went on to work together but not under the Midnight Oil name. This was the last of Midnight Oil. The band did reunite to perform at the WaveAid concert on January 29, 2005, to raise money for the Tsunami victims in of December 26, 2004.
Midnight Oil was inducted into the Aria Hall of Fame on October 29, 2006. It is also rumored that the greoup were reuniting for the appearance in the Sydney Live Earth Concert in July, 2007. This rumor turned out to be just a rumor. However, Rob Hirst and his band , Ghostwriters, performed. Martin Rotsey is a member of Ghostwriters and was a former guitar player for Midnight Oil. Peter Garrett did give a speech introducing Crowded House at the concert. The Midnight Oil released 20 albums, Eps, and compilations, 22 singles, and 4 music videos.
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