Midnight Oil , sometimes called, mostly by fans, The Oils , is an Australian rock band from Sydney, New South Wales. The band began its career in 1972 as The Farm, which later became Midnight Oil. The band is reorganizing itself in 2016 for a world tour, after having split in 2002. Famous for its environmental commitments, anti-nuclear, pacifist, and for the aborigines of Australia with the song Beds Are Burning from the album Diesel and Dust in 1987.
The name Midnight Oil comes from the idiomatic expression burning the midnight oil (1635), "burning the oil of midnight" , used to signify that a person works late into the night (by metonymy: by the light of a lamp oil and then oil). The group has about 15 million albums sold worldwide.
The group first formed as Farm in the suburbs of Sydney in 1972 with Rob Hirst on drums, Jim Moginie on guitar, Andrew "Bear" James to the bass>. The trio, which at this time is a part-time band, plays mainly covers of Led Zeppelin, Creedence Clearwater Revival or Cream.
In 1976, the three musicians published an advertisement to recruit a singer to accompany them on a summer tour. Peter Garrett, who is about to finish his degree in political and legal science at the Australian National University of Canberra, is hired >>>>>.
In late 1976, Garrett moved to Sydney and, with his studies completed, Farm became a full-time group and changed his name to Midnight Oil, among others that were considered as "Television" < / span>, "Sparta" and "Southern Cross". Midnight Oil is a reference to Jimi Hendrix's song Burning of the Midnight Lamp .