May 26, 1990 |
Too often in rock and roll, the brute force of the guitar/bass/drums instrumentation substitutes for genuine energy. The rock highway is littered with bands intoxicated by this leveling power; latter-day U2, for example, has more than once allowed its melodies - and message - to be overrun by raw, rather mindless muscle-flexing. The five-piece Australian band Midnight Oil can match such big-sound bands decibel for decibel, and like them, can rouse powerful emotions with a simple change of chord.
February 20, 1990 |
"River Runs Red," one of 10 songs from Blue Sky Mining, the album to be released today by Australian rockers Midnight Oil, uses operatic techniques to scold big business for abusing the environment. The song begins softly, with lead singer Peter Garrett addressing the perpetrators directly in an accusatory recitative. It builds to a formidable final verse, in which Garrett reaches the conclusion, "It must be the curse of the age; what's taken is never renewed," an observation reinforced by images of environmental decay - rivers running red and sooty black rain.
April 18, 1993 |
The chairs in the penthouse suite of the Roger Smith Hotel are arranged in a loose circle. Eight acoustic guitars lean against the walls, solemn functionaries waiting to serve. A snare drum sits in a corner, next to a mandolin. The table holds a room-service tray and a lone keyboard. Midnight Oil is using the room to rehearse for a future appearance on MTV Unplugged. Members of the Australian band known for its frenetic, large-scale assault are milling around. A practice is scheduled later in the day, but no major overhaul is planned for the Unplugged gig, which has become known in the industry as a potential career-maker (or, as often, re-maker)
June 9, 1988 |
"We carry in our heart the true country," sings Peter Garrett in Midnight Oil's song "The Dead Heart," "and that cannot be stolen. We follow in the steps of our ancestry, and that cannot be broken. " Midnight Oil plays the Tower Theater tomorrow night, but the band will be carrying more of its native land than the stuffed animals, oil drums and barbed wire that decorate its stage set. "The Dead Heart," like much of Midnight Oil's fiery Diesel and Dust album, concerns the exploitation of Australia's aboriginal population.
March 4, 1986
I reply to Craig Stock's column regarding the Phillies loss of attendance. The owners are blaming the team's performance. My husband and I have been Phillies fans back to the Baker Bowl and season ticket holders for many years. We love the Phillies and have rooted for them even when they finished last. We're disgusted with what management has done to this team. The latest brainstorm, getting rid of Ozzie Virgil, and then burning the midnight oil to replace him. They've really made some "brilliant" trades since they purchased the team.
August 21, 1993 |
Politically correct Australian rockers, an infectious reggae band from Jamaica and an airy pop-rock group from Ireland vied for attention Thursday at the Mann Music Center. The headliners, Midnight Oil, angry as ever and full of fierce energy, were clearly the stars, but two youthful bands, Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers and Hothouse Flowers, more than held their own. Singing - sometimes ranting - about humans' propensity for ruining their environment and about TV and other perceived social ills, Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett tore through a 85-minute set. Lean and lanky, constantly in motion, doing strange little dances, his bald pate glowing, Garrett performed with an almost frightening intensity.
July 21, 2007 |
William Thomas, six years past his NFL playing days, will join the coaching staff at La Salle University. Thomas, a two-time Pro Bowl linebacker, spent 10 years in the NFL with the Eagles and Oakland Raiders, recording 37 sacks and 27 interceptions. He retired after the 2001 season. "William wanted to get into coaching and we had an opportunity, so it worked out well for him to begin his coaching career [here] and for us to have a guy with his experience and knowledge," Explorers coach Tim Miller said yesterday.
December 7, 1988 |
To most rock and rollers, the expression "Oz Rock" used to evoke the image of Ozzy Osbourne, metal-head maniac of Black Sabbath infamy. Nowadays, Oz Rock represents a veritable flood of pop acts from Australia - from the multi-platinum pop funk knockouts INXS (pronounced in excess) and riveting protest rockers Midnight Oil, to offbeat phenomena such as the percussion-powered Big Pig, horn-bedecked Hunters and Collectors and the spacey yet guitar-gutsy band The Church. The latest arrival from the land down under is The Screaming Tribesmen, debuting locally at the Chestnut Cabaret tomorrow.
June 1, 1987 |
"Beatlemania" bug bite you? Just can't get enough of that "yeah, yeah, yeah?" To honor the release of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" on compact disc - and the presentation tonight of "Come Together," a musical program which recreates the group in its heyday, at the Trocadero, 10th and Arch, - a foraging of record stores carrying the music of the Fab Four is in order. Today marks the 20th anniversary of the original release of the Sgt. Pepper album. With songs like "Eleanor Rigby" and "With A Little Help From My Friends," the record was as much social commentary as good music.
March 13, 1988 |
The Incredible Casuals' That's That (Rounder ) is an uncommonly smart debut album by a trio of musicians capable of playing just about any style of rock. They are as comfortable with raucous, punk-influenced rock as they are with more mannerly melodies. They play "Discretion" with discretion - understatement in the service of passion is a neat trick with this group - and "I Got to Move" deserves to become a rock-and-roll anthem. Megadeath So Far, So Good . . . So What! (Enigma/Capitol )