Midnight Oil

[Powderworks] In the news today

Glitch sena.reisenweaver at verizon.net
Tue Nov 18 17:10:39 MST 2003

Beth, you¹re one funny shit!!

got your last meal filled up with pesticide
hamburger chain third world infanticide
got robot car your job will disappear
it's called the politics of a brand new year
some say that's progress i say that's cruel

--midnight oil

> Lawrence, Kansas <AP> Dairy farmer Royal Williamson welcomed an unusual new
> member to his herd of pedigreed black-and-white Holsteins last week when
> ³Dairyland¹s Melissa¹s Pride², otherwise known as Missy, gave birth to a
> female calf with a black spot on her side in the shape of a human handprint.
> The Associated Press reported on this interesting bovineŠ..and Williamson¹s
> life hasn¹t been the same since.
> It seems the shape of the calf¹s spot precisely corresponds to a logo used by
> revered Australian agit-rock band Midnight Oil.  The Oils, as their fans call
> them, are best remembered in the US for their song ³Beds are Burning² which
> was a worldwide hit in the 80¹s.  In Australia they have attained legendary
> status for their high-energy live shows and commitment to environmental and
> human rights issues. This culminated in the Oils¹ performance at the close of
> the 2000 Olympics, in which the band members appeared on stage wearing
> clothing emblazoned with the word ³Sorry² to protest Australian Prime Minister
> Howard¹s continuing refusal to apologize for governmental denial of rights to
> Aboriginal peoples.  Late last year, the Oils¹ iconic bald 7 foot tall lead
> singer, Peter Garrett, decided to leave the band for what most speculated
> would be a career in the political arena.  However, the band¹s small but rabid
> cadre of intellectually intimidating fans have taken the birth of Missy¹s
> handprinted calf as a sign that their idols are about to reunite, and have
> descended en masse on Williamson¹s fields.
> ³I don¹t know what to make of all this,² Williamson says.  ³Most of them are
> way too old to be acting like this, and a lot of them are wearing T-shirts
> with that fellow from that new Star Trek show on them.  I don¹t get the
> connection.  And about every fourth guy has a guitar.  They keep begging the
> women to help them sing some song about a Polish guy, and here I thought this
> band was supposed to be Australian.²
> But, Williamson admits, his visitors certainly are tidy.  ³They don¹t leave a
> bit of trash anywhere.  They installed a bunch of composting toilets right
> after they got here, and a couple dozen of them put up a bunch of solar panels
> on the barn roof, so now my electricity bills are practically zero.  Now
> they¹re drawing up blueprints for a windmill. They even painted up their
> recycling bins really pretty and the cows are enjoying the music.  Milk
> production is up almost 15% since they started helping out in the barns.  They
> can stay as long as they want so far as I¹m concerned.²
> Contacted by phone, Midnight Oil songwriter and drummer Rob Hirst dissolved
> into helpless laughter when the situation was described to him and was unable
> to complete an interview.
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