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Midnight Oil – Beds Are Burning (US 12″ Promo)

Posted by DjPaulT on September 5th, 2013


Side One

Re-Rip Newly Remastered!

Originally I posted this one on June 7, 2010. But for those who may have missed it or if you are a new reader just discovering BTG. I decided to give this one a new rip with my newer Ortofon Super 30 stylus. This 12″ is also being posted in 24 bit flac for the very first time!

Sticker“Beds Are Burning” is a 1987 hit single by Australian rock band Midnight Oil, the first track from their album Diesel and Dust. This song was the second from the album to be released as a single, and is among the band’s best-known songs outside Australia.

It reached #1 in the South African charts, #3 in the Netherlands Top 40, #5 in the France Top 50, #6 in the United Kingdom charts, #11 in Ireland, #17 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and in Denmark.

It is one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

It is named #95 on VH1′s 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s and #97 by the Triple J Hottest 100 Of All Time in 2009.

In May 2001, Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) celebrated its 75th anniversary by naming the Best Australian Songs of all time, as decided by a 100 strong industry panel. “Beds Are Burning” was declared third behind the Easybeats’ “Friday on My Mind” and Daddy Cool’s “Eagle Rock”

“Beds Are Burning” 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 to 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 which is nestled in the picturesque Kintore Ranges, surrounded by Mulga and Spinifex country. It is now a thriving little community with a population of about 400. (Kintore and the town of Yuendumu are mentioned by name in the lyrics.)

Midnight Oil performed the song in front of a world audience of billions (including then Prime Minister John Howard) at the closing ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympics. The whole band were dressed in black, with the word “sorry” printed conspicuously on their clothes. This was a reference to the Prime Minister’s refusal to apologize, on behalf of the government of Australia, to the Aboriginal Australians for the way they had been treated over the previous 200 years, particularly in relation to native title and the government-sanctioned removal of Aboriginal children of the Stolen Generations from their families.

The remixes contained on this 12″ are only available on this US promo.

Beds Are Burning (Tamarama Mix) 8:04

Beds Are Burning (Luongo 7″ Mix) 5:25
Beds Are Burning (Instrumental Ayers Rock Mix) 4:47
Beds Are Burning (Percapella Kangaroo Mix) 4:27

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1988 Beds Are Burning U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #17
1988 Beds Are Burning U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks #6
1988 Beds Are Burning U.S. Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play #20
1988 Beds Are Burning U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Single’s Sales #45


Label: Columbia – CAS 1113
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 ⅓ RPM, Promo
Country: US
Released: 1987
Genre: Electronic
Style: Alternative Rock, Pop Rock
Credits: Engineer – Gary HellmanGuy Gray
Engineer [Assistant] – John Magnusson
Producer – Midnight OilWarne Livesey
Remix, Edited By – John Luongo

Demonstration Not For Sale

Taken From The Columbia LP:

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Side Two

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Pro-Ject Speed Box S
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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21 Responses to “Midnight Oil – Beds Are Burning (US 12″ Promo)”

  1. Stefano Says:

    Yes! Yes! Yes! An excellent and rare 12 inch, finally re-ripped.
    Verrrry good choice Pauli, and me I liky liky re-rips.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Stefano. This is indded a rare 12 Inch 🙂


  2. dazz22 Says:

    fantastic track been looking for this one good stuff


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Dazz22 🙂


  3. Erwin Says:

    Thanks Paul,

    Midnight Oil may well be a considered a one hit wonder in the US but not so in Australia where they enjoyed a diverse, long and critically acclaimed musical success. Have just given this a listen and am surprised at how fresh sounding the track remains given its overt political stance. Its up there in the cannon of protest music.

    It wasn’t till Feb 13, 2008 that the then Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, made a national apology to the Aboriginal peoples of Australia for the past grievous discriminatory policies which led to the taking of Aboriginal children from their parents to be fostered with white settlers.

    Peter Garrett the leader singer of midnight oil went on to have a large political career and is currently the Australian government Education Minister. With Australian elections on tomorrow polling indicates that this Labor government will fail to keep office.

    Thanks again for the musical (and political) history and providing some Australian content. Cheers from your friends “down under”.



    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Erwin I love Australia and it’s people. Thanks so much for sharing the information with us. Seems like the world could learn a lot from Australia.

    Cheers mate!


    The Doctor Reply:

    Actually, Midnight Oil had several hits here in the States:

    “The Dead Heart” and “Dreamworld” (also from the Diesel and Dust album) charted here, although the latter didn’t get as high (only to #37 on Billboard’s “mainstream rock” chart) as “The Dead Heart” or “Beds Are Burning” (#11 and #6, respectively).

    Their next album, Blue Sky Mining, saw “Blue Sky Mine”, “Forgotten Years”, and “King of the Mountain” hit #1, #11, and #20, respectively. (They also hit #1, #1, and #3 on the “Hot Modern Rock” chart.)

    The Earth and Sun and Moon album saw “Truganini” hit #10 on the mainstream chart, while “Drums of Heaven” and “Outbreak of Love” hit #10 and #11 on the “hot modern rock” chart.

    So, yeah, not completely unknown here in the States, though I’ll grant that most of us Yanks probably haven’t heard much of them beyond the Diesel and Dust and Blue Sky Mining albums. 🙂


  4. Javier Says:

    Amazing you are the best! thanks Paul for this re-rips.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Javier 🙂


  5. Hompis Says:

    Incredible the sound quality. You can hear each of the instruments with breathtaking fidelity.
    I don’t know how can you achieve this, wonderful work.

    You deserve a donation more.

    Muchas, muchas gracias.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Hompis. It’s just lots of hard work and dedication 🙂


  6. Jeffrey Says:

    awesome more gems to listen too


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thanks Jeffrey!


  7. CL Says:

    Thanks a lot!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome CL 🙂


  8. Wmx Says:

    Thanks a lot!!!

    Excellent audio quality, as always DjPaulT.



    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Wmx 🙂


  9. Richard John Says:

    Just a quick note that while 3 of the mixes are unreleased apart from the promo 12″, the Tamarama mix appeared on the 12″ for The Dead Heart (catalogue number OIL QT2).

    Great to have all the mixes on one place though! Thanks again.


  10. Lloyd Says:

    I can’t seem to get past the user/password dialog box, despite trying a few different user names with the password supplied. Any help would be greatly appreciated.



    DjPaulT Reply:

    Please read the site FAQ.


  11. Harrie Says:


    You have a lot of wonderful music here. I have found a lot of things I like, and, if you don’t mind, I would like to come back and find some more music to enjoy.

    Thank you very much for all your work.



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