Midnight Oil

[Powderworks] Oils in Sunday Mail.

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is there an online link for the contest entry??


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From: "Jim Stanley" <jim_snappa@hotmail.com>
To: <powderworks@cs.colorado.edu>
Sent: Sunday, February 17, 2002 4:03 AM
Subject: [Powderworks] Oils in Sunday Mail.

> I had a funny feeling that Brisbane's Sunday Mail might have an Oils
> today because of the album launch next week. Sure enough, here it is...
> "The Good oils" By Paul Stewart.
> Australia's rugged outback has again inspired and reinvigorated one of our
> most popular and best-loved rock acts, Midnight Oil.
> Drummer Rob Hirst said band members had returned to the small Aboriginal
> community of Papunya, in the central desert 240km west of Alice Springs,
> lay the seeds for their new album, Capricornia.
> This location inspired the group's biggest hit, 'Beds Are Burning', off
> their classic 1987 album Diesel And Dust.
> "The trip really focused us all back together again", Hirst said. "Even
> though we have not been out there for a while, we still have a good
> relationship with the locals, particularly with the elders and some of our
> friends from the Warumpi Band who now run the community."
> "They chose the place where we could set up camp. It was just the band
> members who went, no one else - just a real bonding time."
> "There are good and bad things about Papunya, like the tragedy of the
> petrol-sniffing compared to the incredible spiritual heritage of the
> Hirst said the new album's title had been taken from author and social
> historain Xavier Herbert's 1938 novel about the European settlement of
> northern Australia.
> "Some of the band memebers had read the book at school and it was
> agreed it contained a lot of fantastic stories, " he said.
> "Elements of these have turned up on the new album."
> He said that, unlike other Midnight Oil records, the band's latest effort
> was meticulously planned.
> "We knew the songs back-to-front by the time we went in to record them. We
> had done demos of them and road tested them for a while around the pubs
> clubs.
> "Unlike, say, our album Red Sails In The Sunset, which we wrote in the
> studio as we went along, this time around all we tried to do was capture
> best takes. It might sound funny to say it, but it is an undeniably
> Oil album.
> "There are no special guests, very few overdubs on it and many of the
> were recorded in just one take, like we did on tracks on the first albums
> made.
> Hirst said the music and lyrics for the songs had come together in the
> 'usual Midnight Oil process' involving, among others, guitarist Jim
> and singer Peter Garrett.
> "Jim and I usually come into the studio with a song and our set of ideas
> some lyrics," he said.
> "Often we go with what is written, or Peter has an alternative set of
> lyrics. We then decide which is the best version."
> The Oils remain among the few bands of their era still producing music
> passion and relevance - another being Irish group U2.
> "I think U2 are still travelling remarkably well, " Hirst said.
> "Those guys have to be admired because they are always prepared to take
> risks.
> "Midnight Oil have always followed our instincts. Sometimes we are in
> sometimes we're not."
> On page 76 there's a competition for 'one lucky reader and a friend' to
> a trip to Melbourne to see the Oils play live for their appearance on Cold
> Live At The Chapel (screens March 2nd).
> Photos show the lads looking a bit 80s-ish in almost uniform looking
> clothes, insignias and all. Bring on Capricornia!
> Jim.
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