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6 Degrees Entertainment

Title - 'Midnight Oil - Essential Oils'
Artist - Midnight Oil

As you all pretty much know at this juncture, Midnight Oil (also known informally as "The Oils" to fans), are an Australian alternative rock band from Sydney. They actually began performing as Farm from 1972 with drummer Rob Hirst, bass guitarist Andrew James and keyboard player/lead guitarist Jim Moginie.

But while vocalist Peter Garrett was studying at Australian National University in Canberra, he answered an advertisement for a spot in Farm, and by 1975 the band was touring the east coast. By late 1976, Garrett moved to Sydney to complete his law degree, and Farm changed its name to Midnight Oil by drawing the name out of a hat!

After changing its name to Midnight Oil, the group began to develop an aggressive, punk-hard rock sound for their pub rock audiences. Guitarist Martin Rotsey joined in 1977 and Midnight Oil, with their manager Gary Morris, established their own record label Powderworks.

Since then the band have had huge international success, none more so than their 1988 album Diesel and Dust, which reached #1 on the Australian albums charts for six weeks. It was also #21 on the Billboard 200 charts in 1988, and #19 on the UK albums charts. And, as we all knownow, 'Beds Are Burning' was their biggest international hit single, peaking at #6 in Australia, #17 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #6 on the UK singles charts.

Here on this just-released 2CD collection, digitally remastered, you will find a career-spanning, 36-track compilation of singles plus album and EP cuts from 1978 to 2002. Included is the monster hit 'Beds Are Burning,' but also the lesser known stuff such as 'US Forces,' 'The Dead Heart,' 'Wedding Cake Island,' the brilliant 'Blue Sky Mine,' and many, many more.

So spread the word! Midnight Oil are back! Well, ok, kind of! But we have now all been given a second chance to discover the unique and potent performances of Midnight Oil, that's for sure!