Midnight Oil was an Australian rock band from Sydney, Australia. 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 environmentalist and indigenous causes.
The Oils, as the group is known to its fans, began as a progressive rock band called Farm in the early 1970s. After changing its name to Midnight Oil, the group began to develop an aggressive, punk - hard rock sound. The band built a dedicated fan base through constant touring, and furious live performances, featuring the twin guitars of Moginie and Rotsey, the drumming and vocals of Hirst and the manic presence of the towering, bald Garrett as lead singer. Its first two albums, 'Midnight Oil' and 'Head Injuries' mixed solid guitar rock with progressive flourishes, and further interest was generated by the popular Bird Noises EP, produced by former Supercharge member Lesek Karski, which featured the surf-instrumental 'Wedding Cake Island' (named after a rock outcrop in the ocean off Sydney's Coogee Beach). The band's third LP Place Without A Postcard (1981) was recorded with English producer Glyn Johns. Creative tensions between band and producer plagued the recording, however, and the group were not totally happy with the outcome.
Midnight Oil is a self-titled album by Australian band Midnight Oil that was recorded in 1977 and released in 1978 on the band's independent Sprint Music label. The album was later distributed by CBS Records.
The LP had a blue cover, however, the CD had a black cover. Because of the blue cover, it often referred to as the "blue album" or "the Blue Meanie."
"Run By Night" became the band's first minor hit in Australia. It also had a video clip.
"Powderworks" (Robert Hirst, James (Jim) Moginie, Martin Rotsey, Andrew James)
"Head over Heels" (Hirst, Rotsey, Moginie)
"Dust" (Moginie, Peter Garret, Hirst)
"Used and Abused" (Hirst, Moginie)
"Surfing with a Spoon" (Hirst, Moginie, Rotsey, Garrett)
"Run by Night" (Moginie, Hirst, Rotsey)
"Nothing Lost - Nothing Gained" (Moginie)