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Hunters & Collectors - 100% match to Midnight Oil

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Melbourne, Australia, in 1981, Hunters And Collectors experimented with a punk/funk style, drawing comparisons in some quarters to Talking Heads, something that earned them a strong following on the Australian alternative music scene. The core members of the group have over the years comprised Mark Seymour (guitar, lead vocals), Jeremy Smith (keyboards, saxophone), Do Read more

Hoodoo Gurus - 74% match to Midnight Oil

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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An Australian rock band whose belief in the power of the bar chord has never diminished, Sydney’s Hoodoo Gurus initially shared links with that city’s other major alternative rock attraction of the 80s, the Scientists (after both relocated from Perth). That connection was instigated by singer-songwriter Dave Faulkner, who had previously played in a band called the Gur Read more

The Angels - 62% match to Midnight Oil

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s 2000s
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The Church - 48% match to Midnight Oil

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Canberra, Australia, in 1980, the Church, led by Steve Kilbey (13 September 1954, England; bass/vocals), who emigrated with his family at an early age, originally comprised Peter Koppes (b. 21 November 1955, Australia; guitar/vocals), Marty Willson-Piper (b. 7 May 1958, Liverpool, England; guitar/vocals) and Nick Ward (drums). Richard Ploog (b. 22 March 1962, Austr Read more

Icehouse - 45% match to Midnight Oil

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This Australian rock band was formed as Flowers in the late 70s by classically trained songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Iva Davies (Ivor Davies, 22 May 1955). Influenced by Roxy Music and David Bowie, Flowers’ other members included Keith Welsh (bass), John Lloyd (drums), and Michael Hoste (keyboards). The first single, ‘Can’t Help Myself’ was a Top 1 Read more

Paul Kelly - 45% match to Midnight Oil

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
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Powderfinger - 41% match to Midnight Oil

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 2000s
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This Australian quintet is one of their country’s top rock bands, having scored several hit albums and singles from the mid-90s into the new millennium. Taking their name from a Neil Young song, Powderfinger was originally formed in Brisbane, Queensland, during 1989 by high school friends Ian Haug (21 February 1970; guitar/vocals), John Collins (bass) and Steven Bishop Read more

Jimmy Barnes - 38% match to Midnight Oil

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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James Swan, 28 April 1956, Cowcaddens, Glasgow, Scotland. With the disintegration of the Australian band Cold Chisel in 1983, lead singer Jimmy Barnes embarked on a solo career with Mushroom Records. He teamed up with Jonathan Cain (ex-Babys) and produced two albums in quick succession. These were characterized by Barnes’ rough and raunchy vocal delivery, and included e Read more

INXS - 35% match to Midnight Oil

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in 1977 as the Farriss Brothers in Sydney, Australia, INXS originally comprised the three Farriss brothers Tim (16 August 1957, Australia; guitar), Jon (b. 18 August 1961, Australia; drums) and Andrew (b. 27 March 1959, Australia; keyboards), Michael Hutchence (b. Michael Kelland John Hutchence, 22 January 1960, Lain Cove, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, d. 22 Nov Read more

Split Enz - 35% match to Midnight Oil

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Originally formed in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1972 as Split Ends, this beloved and expansive unit evolved around Tim Finn (Brian Timothy Finn, 25 June 1952, Te Awamutu, New Zealand; vocals/piano), Mike Chunn (b. Michael Jonathan Chunn, 8 June 1952, Otahuhu, Auckland, New Zealand; bass/keyboards), Phil Judd (b. Philip Raymond Judd, 23 March 1953, Hastings, New Zealand; vocal Read more

You Am I - 35% match to Midnight Oil

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Up until the early 90s, most of Australia’s best know rock imports seemed to fit neatly into categories of heavy metal (AC/DC), punk (Radio Birdman), or pop rock (Men At Work, INXS). This situation changed with the emergence of bands such as You Am I, who embraced alternative music but also demonstrated a keen ear for a sweet pop melody.Formed in Sy Read more

Crowded House - 27% match to Midnight Oil

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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After the break up of Split Enz at the end of 1984, one of its major songwriters, Neil Finn (27 May 1958, Te Awamutu, New Zealand; guitar/vocals), along with latter-day Split Enz drummer Paul Hester (b. 8 January 1959, Melbourne, Australia, d. 26 March 2005, Melbourne, Australia), Nick Seymour (b. Nicholas More Seymour, 9 December 1958, Benalla, Victoria, Australia; bass) an Read more

Divinyls - 26% match to Midnight Oil

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Led by the provocative Chrissie Amphlett (Christina Amphlett, 25 October 1960, Geelong, Australia), whose songwriting with guitarist Mark McEntee (b. Australia) formed the basis of the band, this Australian unit recorded some excellent work in a career spanning over 15 years. Amphlett’s sexy image complemented the mesmerizing urgency of the music, and the band was guara Read more

Men At Work - 25% match to Midnight Oil

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Melbourne, Australia, in 1979, by singer Colin Hay (29 June 1953, Scotland - emigrated to Australia aged 14) and guitarist Ron Strykert (b. 18 August 1957, Australia), initially as an acoustic duo. With the later addition of Greg Ham (b. 27 September 1953, Australia), John Rees (bass) and Jerry Speiser (drums), Men At Work performed for two years in small, inner-su Read more

John Farnham - 18% match to Midnight Oil

Genres: Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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b 1 July 1949, Dagenham, Essex, England. The self-effacing Farnham has sustained a successful career in Australia for over three decades. He was raised in Dagenham before his family relocated to Melbourne, Australia in 1959. The young Farnham balanced a plumbing apprenticeship with membership of the band Strings Unlimited, before embarking on a solo career with EMI Records. Hav Read more

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