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By the time “Place Without A Postcard” was released in 1981, the Australian pub rock scene was at its zenith. Suburban beer barns held 2,000 punters and the Oils were filling them nightly, creating rock ‘n’ roll chaos. Being an Oils fan wasn’t a part-time or passive experience.

Having steadfastly refused to play in South Africa whilst in the grip of apartheid, this concert is a celebration of the inauguration of Nelson Mandela in front of a packed Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg in 1994.

Upon returning to their Sydney home base, the Oils wrote the rest of Diesel and Dust and undertook a tour of sweaty local pubs to road-test the material before recording it with British producer Warne Livesey. The resulting album gave the band its first gold album in America, as well as a Top Twenty single in "Beds Are Burning." It also fulfilled Midnight Oil's long-standing desire, in drummer Rob Hirst's words, "to write Australian music that people overseas could get into and understand, which would enlarge their whole vision of Australia past Vegemite sandwiches and kangaroo hops."

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Midnight Oil are more than just a rock ‘n’ roll band . From the northern beaches of Sydney to the streets of Manhattan, they have stopped traffic, inflamed ...

The encore brought a short sermon on the importance of the Great Barrier Reef and the threat the proposed Adani coal mine poses – Garrett got a better reaction from telling Keating to "turn his Mahler down ... have a listen to Australian music".

Halfway through the set the pace slowed for a shaky My Country and  When The Generals Talk , which allowed drummer Rob Hirst to step up on lead vocals.

As the 1980s got underway, the Oils started building an identity. Through heavy gigging around the release of Midnight Oil and its follow-up, Head Injuries , they became known as a formidable live act – Hirst’s pounding drums, the caustic guitar of Rotsey, and Garrett’s stilted, pogo-stick-like dancing.

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