October 11, 2012

MAX TV to Premiere New Oils Documentary Nov 1

Australian music TV channel MAX are set to premiere a new Midnight Oil documentary on Thursday 1st November at 9.30pm (AEST).

This one hour documentary utilises a wealth of rare archival footage as well as the only interviews with each of the five band members granted in recent years and follows the rock legends chronologically through their long-lasting career. The result: the first ever inside story of Midnight Oil.

Through interviews with Peter Garrett, Rob Hirst, Martin Rotsey, Jim Moginie and Bones Hillman, MAX explores how the band’s music was more than just entertainment – it was about raising awareness of environmental, political and Aboriginal issues and inspiring people to take action and seek out change. Every album in the band’s impressive catalogue is highlighted with the band providing their insights on each body of work.

MAX The Artist’s Story: Midnight Oil
Australian Premiere Only On Foxtel (channel 805)
Thursday November 1 at 9.30pm EDT on MAX
Encore Screenings: Sunday November 4 at 9pm EDT, Tuesday November 6 at 10pm EDT
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September 21, 2012

Get a Free Download of “Read About It” Live!


The Oils are giving their mailing list subscribers a free live version of “Read About It”, recorded at the Royal Theatre Canberra in March 2009. Simply click the link below, enter your details and you’ll receive an email with a link to download the song. It’s easy.

Play it loud!

Click here to get your free download

September 13, 2012

Midnight Oil To Release ‘Essential Oils’ on Friday 2nd November!


Legendary Australian rock band Midnight Oil, will release their new 36 track Greatest Hits collection ESSENTIAL OILS on Friday 2nd November, 2012.

Handpicked by the band and distilled from their amazing 25 year recording legacy, this two disc set is a chronological history; a road trip through the very best of the band’s 14 studio albums and two groundbreaking EP’s. The package features remastered audio, liner notes by Rolling Stone Magazine Senior Editor, David Fricke and rare images from the Oil’s archive.

Known around the world for their support of peace, environmental issues and social justice, Midnight Oil wrote songs about the issues that mattered to them. They saw the world through uniquely Australian eyes, their music conjuring up the sights and sounds, the heat and expanse of their homeland. No band better exemplifies what it means to be Australian and no Australian band is better known for their dedication to the ideal of a fair go for all.

Above all, the Oils were about making great music and the list of singles and live favourites here is comprehensive. From early tracks such as Cold Cold Change, Back On The Borderline and Armistice Day, to breakthrough Australian hits Power and the Passion and Read About It, to the songs that put them on the world stage; Beds Are Burning, The Dead Heart, Blue Sky Mine and Truganini; the length and breadth of Midnight Oil’s recorded catalogue is staggering.

“For this collection, we put our most definitive songs in chronological timeline, so listening feels like a turbo boosted journey at light speed through 25 years of being in Midnight Oil” says the band’s Jim Moginie. “There’s many more favourites we could have included” adds Rob Hirst, “but we had fun writing and recording all of these and loved playing them live. We also think they show the dynamics and diversity of the tracks we recorded in studios in Australia and overseas, and chart the band’s changing sounds, stories and memberships over a 25 year period. We really hope you enjoy Essential Oils.”

1. Run By Night
2. Cold Cold Change
3. Back On the Borderline
4. Wedding Cake Island
5. No Time for Games
6. Don’t Wanna Be the One
7. Armistice Day
8. Lucky Country
9. Only the Strong
10. Short Memory
11. Read About It
12. US Forces
13. Power and the Passion
14. When the Generals Talk
15. Best of Both Worlds
16. Kosciusko
17. Progress
18. Hercules

1. Beds Are Burning
2. Put Down That Weapon
3. Dreamworld
4. The Dead Heart
5. Warakurna
6. Blue Sky Mine
7. Forgotten Years
8. King of the Mountain
9. One Country
10. Truganini
11. My Country
12. In the Valley
13. Surf’s Up Tonight
14. Redneck Wonderland
15. White Skin Black Heart
16. Say Your Prayers
17. Golden Age
18. Luritja Way