Midnight Oil

[Powderworks] Oils on World Cafe

David Quirk davidquirkoils@hotmail.com
Sat, 27 Apr 2002 16:06:39 -0400

Anyone have any mp3's from this show??? Sounds like a nice selection for a 
short, acoustic set...


>From: Kelly Morris <km97mo@yahoo.com>
>To: powderworks@cs.colorado.edu
>Subject: [Powderworks] Oils on World Cafe
>Date: Fri, 26 Apr 2002 20:30:12 -0700 (PDT)
>I just caught the Oils on an online broadcast of World
>Cafe - thanks to whoever mentioned it on the list
>earlier this week.  It was a brief acoustic set.  They
>played Golden Age, Luritja Way, Tone Poem, and Beds
>Are Burning.  For an acoustic show, it was rocking.
>Too bad it wasn't longer.  Between songs, the radio
>announcer/deejay interviewed Peter.  Some stuff I
>found interesting:
>He asked Pete how important it is for Midnight Oil to
>have an impact on the rest of the world instead of
>just Australia which has been the band's focus lately.
>  Pete said that the Oils have always drawn
>"inspiration" from their home and that they prefer to
>keep to their roots. Basically said they reach the
>rest of the world using their roots as a platform and
>that's the way they like it - as opposed to more
>actively seeking the glamour of the "northern
>hemisphere" as other bands have done.
>He also asked Peter what he learned from running for
>senate in the 80s, a position he was close to winning
>but didn't because- ? it was implied that opposing
>parties worked together to make sure he didn't win.
>(Maybe someone on the list knows the story.)  Pete
>said something like  "politics is a hard game. . .
>they kicked me out of the senate.  They probably did
>me a favor."
>Here's a topic that I believe has been discussed on
>the list a few times, or at least mentioned.  When
>asked how he feels about bands using their power over
>a wide audience as a way of influencing people, Pete
>said that an artist's inherent responsibility is not
>to address social issues but to be true to art.  "We
>don't see ourselves as being this primary political
>force.  We see ourselves as a band . . ."
>I hope some other workers were able to catch it too.
>It was pretty cool. I only wish I'd been able to
>record it.  Short but sweet.
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