Midnight Oil (known informally as "The Oils") are an Australian rock band composed of Peter Garrett (vocals, harmonica), Rob Hirst (drums), Jim Moginie (guitar, keyboard), Martin Rotsey (guitar) and Bones Hillman (bass guitar). The group was formed in Sydney in by Hirst, Moginie and original bassist Andrew James as Farm: they enlisted Garrett the following year, changed their name in
While the hard edges and challenging angles of 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and Red Sails in the Sunset made Midnight Oil bona fide superstars in Australia, they were little more than a rumor in most of the rest of the world, and for their sixth album, Diesel and Dust, Midnight Oil .
Editors' Notes Fueled by political passions, Midnight Oil’s Diesel and Dust is one of the most urgent rock albums of the ’80s. In the storming radio anthem “Beds Are Burning,” the band takes on its country’s exploitation of indigenous people. “Bullroarer” and “Dreamworld” are blistering tunes, as insistent and angry as they are catchy and inclusive.
Diesel and Dust is the sixth studio album by Australian rock band Midnight Oil, released in August by SPRINT Music label under Columbia Records. Diesel and Dust was produced by Warne Livesey and the band. It is a concept album about the struggles of Indigenous Australians and environmental causes, issues important to the band.