Blue Sky Mine – Midnight Oil

  • First Appearance: April 7, 1990
  • Weeks on the Chart: 1
  • Album: Blue Sky Mining
  • Have I heard this song before (pre-listen)? No.
  • Have I actually heard this song before? No.

Midnight Oil had two songs from Blue Sky Mining on the chart, Blue Sky Mine, and Forgotten Years. Each was on the chart for one week, and each was the week following a Sinéad O’Connor song. They’re probably best known for their late 80s hit Beds are Burning.

I burst out laughing at the start of Blue Sky Mine, which starts with a neat guitar riff, gets a late-80s synth layered on top, and then is all drowned out by some harmonica playing that makes Blues Traveler seem low energy.

The album as a whole is pretty enjoyable. Some of the songs are a bit more rollicking and it was a fun listen. It’s not going to change lives, and I’m not compelled to go further into their catalog, but I don’t regret the time I spent with it.

I feel like Forgotten Years should have been a longer lasting song than it was, but for the utterly weird synth break.

Midnight Oil was an Australian band, and make the most prominent use of synths of any album featured here so far.

The lead singer, Peter Garrett served in the Australian government for nine years, including as a Member of Parliament and as Minister for Environmental Protection and School Education.