Midnight Oil

I first heard Midnight Oil in about 1982 but at the time I thought they were too heavy, too loud and so I gave them a miss. I then came back to the Oils in 1987/88 and have been enjoying them ever since. I loved their anti-development, conservation, social justice, anti war message and I am a devout fan of Peter Garett’s dancing style – which I have done my best to emulate, for the last 3 decades ! Midnight Oil were one of the first bands that I knew who tried to STICK IT TO THE MAN and in many ways what they did was very similar to some of the best, most rebellious heavy metal bands of the 80s. I think their music stands up to the test of time and I still have my Oil days, where I’m back in the 80s or 90s, fuel injected with Peter Garrettitis, my limbs twitching as I eat up the lounge room dance floor ! Peter Garrett was once the head of The Australian Conservation Foundation and later went into federal politics here in Australia, where for a while he was the Minister for Environment, trying his best to slow down the corporations who are doing their best to eat up the natural resources of this country. he did some good work but there was little he could do with a sick system. Now thank God, he’s gone back to making music ! Long live Midnight Oil !

Start with these two videos from the early 80s.

 

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The Presidents of the United States of America

The Presidents of the United States of America were an Seattle threesome – Christopher Ballew, Jason Finn and Dave Dederer (Andrew McKeag replaced Dave in 2005) who formed in 1993. The Presidents of the United States of America were one of the coolest bands on the planet in their hey day ! I think their first album was the best but all their albums have something special. PUSA band members have each pursued their own side projects and those are well worth exploring as well. PUSA arose out of Grunge scene and ironically, were a wonderful antidote to Grunge.

 

Phish

Phish is an interesting American rock band who started in 1983, who specialise in improvisation and extended jams. Anyone who likes bands like The Grateful Dead, Rush, Jefferson Airplane/Starship, Uriah Heap, John Lawton Band and similar bands of that era, will find their blend of psychedelic rock, experimentation, fusion, funk and Zappa-ish like extended melodies, very rewarding.

Enjoy ! 😉

 

 

And listen to this from tribute band Jazz is Phish.