Our '80s love still burning the Midnight Oil and 'The Dead Heart'
As the ‘80s became stereotyped by Yuppies and mantras like “Greed is Good”, who would have believed that in 1987 a band of out Australia would take the world by storm singing about the injustices to native Aborigines?
After the success of their first single, Beds Are Burning, off the Diesel and Dust album, Midnight Oil released The Dead Heart, which peaked at No. 53 on the US charts. The Dead Heart is about the government “giving back” Uluru (or Ayers Rock) to the Aborigines. The beginning half minute of The Dead Heart video is a majestic time-lapse view of the red rock of Uluru.
Because of its unique Australian focus, Diesel and Dust is widely regarded as the best Australian album of the ‘80s and perhaps of all time by many publications.
While no longer together, Midnight Oil has just released a new compilation called Essential Oils.
Lead singer Peter Garrett is seven feet tall (!) and in 2007 was named Australian Arts and Environment Minister.