|Genres:||Pop / Rock World|
|Tags:||rock australian 80s alternative political alternative rock|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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Formed in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, in 1971, and then known as Farm, this strident band pioneered its own course in Australian rock without relying on the established network of agencies and record companies. The original nucleus of Farm comprised Andrew James (Australia; bass), Rob Hirst (b. Camden, New South Wales, Australia; drums/vocals) and Jim Moginie (b. Australia; guitar, keyboards, vocals). They were joined by law student Peter Garrett (b. 19 April 1953, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; vocals/harmonica) in 1975 and Martin Rotsey (b. Australia; guitar/vocals) the following year, at which point the quintet took the name Midnight Oil. The band took a couple of album releases to refine its songwriting style, principally by Moginie and Hirst. As 1979s Head Injuries went gold in Australia, the imposing shaven-headed Garrett, who had by now received his law degree, began to make known his firm views on politics.