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Midnight Oil to Receive APRA's Ted Alpert Award For Outstanding Service to Music

by VVN Music

Veteran Australian rockers Midnight Oil have been selected to receive the APRA (Australian Performing Rights Association AMCOS (Australian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society) 2018 Ted Alpert Award For Outstanding Services to Australian Music.

The award will be presented Tuesday, April 10 at the International Convention Centre in Sydney.

APRA Chair Jenny Morris said, “Midnight Oil’s uniquely Australian songs took on societal issues with fiery determination and a musical conviction that continues to connect on a global scale. I don’t want to say there will never be another Midnight Oil because the world will always need a band like Midnight Oil – now, more than ever."

On hearing news of the honor Midnight Oil said, "Midnight Oil is proud to receive the Ted Albert Award for 2018. It's a great honour for our band. Ted's great skill was his knack for picking talent, his genuine love for original Australian music, and the creation of his legendary production house - which has become a by-word for excellence and success. Midnight Oil's connection to Alberts began in 1978, when the band - in between playing sweaty pub gigs in and around Sydney - recorded our first album at the Boomerang House studio in King St ('Whoah! A band that eats!' said Harry Vanda, when he caught us scoffing burgers). Nine years later we were back at Alberts, this time at Neutral Bay, to record Diesel and Dust - an album inspired by the Australian desert and Top End communities, but which opened doors for us right around the world."

Midnight Oil were formed in Canberra in 1975 and, between 1978 and 2002, placed all eleven of their studio albums on the Australian charts including eight top tens and two number 1's. In the U.S., their 1990 album Blue Sky Mining peaked at number 20 while their single "Beds Are Burning" went 6 on the Mainstream Rock and 17 on the Hot 100 and their "Blue Sky Mine" hit the top of both the Mainstream Rock and Modern Rock charts in 1990.