Beds are Burning factoids
Former Midnight Oil frontman and now Australian Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett says he will not join the 55 celebrities including Simon le Bon in reprising one of Midnight Oil’s greatest hits in the name of climate change. Garrett confirmed he and the band did collaborate with the Geneva-based Global Humanitarian Forum on a revamp of Beds Are Burning, but will not take part in the recording. “The band were obviously aware of it and were happy to contribute to
The song is a political song about giving native Australian lands back to the Pintupi, who were among the very last people to come in from the desert. These ‘last contact’ people began moving from the Gibson Desert settlements and missions in the 1930s. More were forcibly moved during the 1950s and 1960s to the Papunya settlement. In 1981 they left to return to their own country and established the Kintore Community. It is now a thriving little community with a population of about 400.
Beds are Burning, the first track from Midnight Oil’s 1987 Diesel and Dust album reached #1 in the South African charts, #3 in Holland’s Top 40, #5 in France’s Top 50, number #6 in the UK charts and #17 in the UK Billboard Hot 100.