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MIDNIGHT OIL

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by PilbaraBass, Jan 9, 2005.


  1. I caught them on the television yesterday. It was a rerun of a concert that they played at the Sydney opera house. That P-bass sounded HUGE!!! Tight and punchy and very much like the recordings (even on crappy broadcast TV).

    I always loved the driving sounds that this guy would put out.

    Question is, who IS this guy?
     
  2. slinkp

    slinkp

    Aug 29, 2003
    brooklyn, NY, USA
    They've had a pretty stable lineup but have changed bassists a couple times.
    It was either Peter Gifford (early 80s) or Bones Hillman (late 80s onward).

    I saw them live in 1998 or thereabouts. Awesome live band, they really delivered a wallop.
     
  3. :) That's Peter Gifford guys - Bones was a bit later although I couldn't nail it exactly of the top of my head :meh: They
    were always very particular about their sound and could ALWAYS reproduce what they recorded with equal authority live, proud of them.
    Ampeg rig I thought by the look of it - see the perspex sheets either side of Rob Hirst? Rotsey pulls a mean sound from a Ric
    too eh?
    It was excellant to hear some early stuff and even better that they played it with the same passion I saw their at early gigs :bassist:
     
  4. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    That bass run at the end of "The Power and the Passion" still blows me away to this day.
     
  5. :cool: Yep though I still think the first album hit like George Forman - check out Stand In Line.
     
  6. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Everything I've ever heard from these guys is magic. I love Midnight Oil. "Breathe" is my favorite record of theirs I think. I may be missing one of their first records though.... There's a fantastic retrospective video of them, I bought a PAL converting all-region DVD player just to watch it.
     
  7. Kinda odd...

    I heard the Burning Beds song yesterday for the first time in years...
     
  8. slinkp

    slinkp

    Aug 29, 2003
    brooklyn, NY, USA
    The live album, "Scream in Blue", is a great recording of a fantastic live band. Check the really cool bass work at the end of "Dreamworld", one of my favorite songs.
     
  9. I really dug the way they kept the standard up while still exploring diff sounds/feels, love it all - but Head Injuries still does it for me - both the record and the attitude at the time.
    They inspired us to be independant / original way back then.

    If you've got the album - the foto on the back isn't exactly
    staged - more a reflection of what happened as far as the vibe on the street went :D ah well they deserved it we all
    thought then with royalties a pittance .......... of course it did make it a tad harder for those next into the breach of recording :rollno:
    What the hell they were right and everone was breaking the molds and changing the rules back then, and it needed it too :cool: