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As one of the few alternative rock bands to cross into the mainstream, Australia's Midnight Oil occupied a rare spot in late-'80s music culture. It didn't happen overnight, and for casual fans it was all about the über-catchy "Beds Are Burning" single from the 1987 album Diesels and Dust. However, the band had been making records since 1978 and soldiered on until 2002's Capricornia served as its final studio release. Midnight Oil was hugely popular in its homeland; in the U.S. its success was more mercurial. This chronological collection gives listeners the perfect rough guide to the band's high points and development—the new wave direction of "Run by Night" from its self-titled debut is a world apart from the music near the end of the program. Each album and EP is represented by at least one track. The band's liberal politics often influenced its lyrics, and a sense of fairness and justice inspired its performances.

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One of the Best Bands and their Best Songs

Political music you can dance too.....enuf said.

Midnight Oil Essential Oil

I have wanted Essential Oil for years and finally got it....What a great compilation!! I love this!
Great driving and beach music too!

Essential Oils

What can I say? It's Midnight Oil! The remastering sounds great!


Genre: Rock

Australia's Midnight Oil brought a new sense of political and social immediacy to pop music: not only did incendiary hits like "Beds Are Burning" and "Blue Sky Mine" bring global attention to the plight of, respectively, Australia's indigenous people and working class, but the group also put its money where its mouth was -- in addition to mounting benefit performances for groups like Greenpeace and Save the Whales, frontman Peter Garrett later became a member of the Australian House of Representatives...
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