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December 16, 1990
In his 20 bands that matter story, Hilburn describes a band perfectly in his opening statement then leaves them off the list. The band is Midnight Oil. The Oil's music has done more to make people aware of environmental issues, conservation and social injustice than any band ever and they do it in a ripping sort of way. He should make the Oil No. 2 and make a new list of the top 50 (so he has somewhere to put Guns N' Roses). RANDY ELKIN Claremont
November 5, 1988 | DENNIS HUNT
Midnight Oil hates the C-word. That dreaded word-- commercial --really is profane to the radical-leftist, socio-political activist Australian pop-rock band, which appears Sunday at the Universal Amphitheatre. "Being commercial is not our goal," insists lead singer Peter Garrett, 35, who, at 6-feet-6 with a shaved head and a law degree, is one of rock's most imposing figures, both physically and intellectually.
June 3, 1989 | STEVE WEINSTEIN
Pop music fans are in for another of those benefit concert extravaganzas today as Sting, Diana Ross and Elton John headline a satellite global telecast to help bring attention to the world's environmental problems. "Our Common Future," a five-hour concert from New York, London and Brazil hosted by "Live Aid" creator Bob Geldof, Sigourney Weaver and Richard Gere, will be broadcast in its entirety on the Arts & Entertainment Channel at 5 p.m. and on KABC-TV Channel 7 at 11:30 p.m. Channel 7 will also broadcast three hours of the event, which features performances from R.E.M.
July 22, 1990
Ten years ago I came to the same conclusion as Hilburn's article--rock was, indeed, running on empty. However, I got off my duff and began cruising the radio dial to see if it had changed coats and moved on, and by God--I found it! Punk/alternative/new wave/college music or whatever-the-hell-you-want-to-call-it has single-handedly carried the rock flame through the '80s with all the imagination, guts, humor and passion of the original. Oingo Boingo, Midnight Oil, the Cure, Depeche Mode, Morrisey, Billy Idol and U2, among others, have each created a body of work that rivals any of the so-called legends of rock, and, remarkably, they've done it, for the most part, without Top 40-format radio.
December 31, 2003 | Leslee Komaiko
Los Angeles has never been a late-night town. For a long time, if you wanted to have dinner after the show, there was, well, Canter's. The Fairfax Avenue deli was the wee-hours place for a bowl of soup, a chopped liver sandwich, maybe a bear claw. Thankfully, now there are actually some appealing choices for those who want to eat late. Several new and newish restaurants now welcome diners after the usual 10 or 10:30 p.m. cutoff time. It's reason enough to burn the midnight oil. Zero One, a stylish new progressive Japanese spot in Hollywood, offers its entire menu until 2 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday and until 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
October 9, 1996 | NATALIE NICHOLS
For almost 20 years, Australia's Midnight Oil has fused melodic, driving guitar rock with uncompromising political and environmental messages. At the quintet's 90-minute House of Blues show on Monday, a capacity crowd demonstrated how effective that combination can be in the right hands. Throughout a stirring rendition of "The Dead Heart," from the 1987 album "Diesel and Dust," the audience spontaneously and fervently harmonized with singer Peter Garrett.
March 8, 1988
Midnight Oil's North American tour--including Wednesday's show at the Hollywood Palladium--has been postponed because of a leg injury suffered by singer Peter Garrett during a concert in New Zealand. The Australian rock band's dates are expected to be rescheduled in April.
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