Midnight Oil – Diesel And Dust

Midnight Oil – Diesel And Dust

Diesel and Dust is the sixth studio album by Australian rock group Midnight Oil which was released in August 1987 by Spirit Music label under Columbia Records. Diesel and Dust was produced by Warne Livesey and the band. It is a concept album about the struggles of Indigenous Australians and environmental causes, issues both near and dear to the band. It drew inspiration from the Blackfella/Whitefella Tour of remote Indigenous communities with the Warumpi Band and Gondwanaland in 1986. The album peaked at No. 1 on the Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart for six weeks. In 1989, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it No. 13 on their list of the 100 best albums of the 1980s. In October 2010 it was listed at No. 1 in the book, 100 Best Australian Albums. ‘Mark Deming’  While the album lacks the kick-in-the-head impact of their earlier work, Diesel and Dust also makes clear that the bandmembers could apply their intelligence and passion to less aggressive material and still come up with forceful, compelling music, as on the haunting “The Dead Heart” and the poppy but emphatic “Dreamworld.” Midnight Oil – Diesel And Dust is that rarity, a bid for the larger audience that’s also an artistic success and a triumph for leftist politics — even the Clash never managed that hat trick this well. 


Midnight Oil – Diesel And Dust Tracklist

  1. 0:00 “Beds Are Burning”
  2. 4:12 “Put Down That Weapon”
  3. 8:48 “Dreamworld”
  4. 12:24 “Arctic World”
  5. 16:42 “Warakurna”
  6. 21:23 “The Dead Heart”
  7. 26:32 “Whoah”
  8. 30:22 “Bullroarer
  9. 35:17 “Sell My Soul”
  10. 38:15 “Sometimes”

Martin Rotsey – guitars
Peter Gifford – bass, vocals
Robert Hirst – drums, vocals
Jim Moginie – guitars, keyboards
Peter Garrett – vocals

Midnight Oil - Diesel And Dust

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1 comment

  • Michael Winton 3 years ago

    Interesting group right here….Midnight Oil was one of those groups that were a flash in the pan. Here and GONE in a flash. Of course ‘Bed’s Burning’ was the one we all remember.


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