Rare Midnight Oil Live CD Released For Charity

23 April 2023 | 8:42 am | Mary Varvaris

The CD will be released on Friday, 5 May.

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On Friday, 5 May, Midnight Oil are unveiling a rare CD in support of the non-profit proprietary company, The Australian Road Crew Association

Midnight Oil: Live At The Old Lion, Adelaide, 1982, arrives on the 30th anniversary of the Australian Road Crew Association’s (ARCA) Desk Tape Series. They’re the 29th band to throw support behind the Support Act-led initiative.

Men At Work’s sound engineer, Mark Woods, recorded the live album. It’s another excellent tribute to the great sounds engineers produced for the early Aussie pub rock scene. This live tape will be released on ARCA’s Black Box Records through MGM Distribution and all major streaming services.

Drummer Rob Hirst said about the release, “I’m exhausted listening back to the tape, it’s relentless! We were, excuse the pun, a well-oiled machine, angry young men against the world.”

Woods added, “I thought they were the best band in the world. On this run they were at their absolute peak. Much of the set was from Place Without A Postcard, which was just released four months before, so the songs sounded fresh.
“It wasn’t that they were loud, it was the power. They weren’t ‘screamy’ or harsh listening, they just had a very full solid big fat sound.”

You can pre-order or pre-save the live album here.

Last October, Midnight Oil delivered their final gig in a powerful yet bittersweet fashion. After 50 years, thirteen studio albums and thousands of shows spread over more than twenty countries, one of the best Australian bands ever called it a day.

The Music concluded about the final show, “Midnight Oil will never be forgotten, but neither should their legacy and what they’ve been working so long to achieve. For now, let’s remember them however we choose to do so, because everyone has an ‘Oils’ story, and they should always be told.” Check out the full review here.


1 Written In The Heart

2 Brave Faces

3 Armistice Day

4 I’m The Cure

5 Bus To Bondi

6 Quinella Holiday

7 No Time For Games

8 Burnie

9 Cold Cold Change

10 Powderworks

11 Koala Sprint

12 Back On The Borderline

13 Don’t Wanna Be The One

14 Wedding Cake Island

15 Stand In Line

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