Beds Are Burning

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"Beds Are Burning"
Beds Are Burning Australian edition.jpg
Australian seven-inch vinyl single
Single by Midnight Oil
from the album Diesel and Dust
B-side
  • "Gunbarrel Highway"
  • "Bullroarer" (US only)
Released10 August 1987[1]
StudioAlbert Studios, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Length4:18
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Midnight Oil singles chronology
"The Dead Heart"
(1986)
"Beds Are Burning"
(1987)
"Put Down That Weapon"
(1987)
Audio sample

"Beds Are Burning" is a 1987 song by the Australian rock band Midnight Oil, the first track from their album Diesel and Dust. This song was released as the second single from the album. It reached No. 1 in New Zealand, South Africa and Canada, No. 3 in the Netherlands, No. 5 in France, No. 6 in the United Kingdom, Australia and Ireland, No. 17 in the United States and Sweden.

It is one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll and it was named number 95 on VH1's 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s and number 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".[2]

In January 2018, as part of Triple M's "Ozzest 100", the 'most Australian' songs of all time, "Beds Are Burning" was ranked number 9.[3]

Composition[edit]

After Midnight Oil toured through the Outback in 1986, playing to remote Aboriginal communities and seeing first hand the seriousness of the issues in health and living standards, Rob Hirst wrote "Beds Are Burning" to criticize how said populations were often forcibly removed from their lands, highlighted by the pre-chorus lines "it belongs to them, let's give it back". Considering such a local affair inspired a worldwide hit, lead singer Peter Garrett commented "Who would have thought an Aboriginal land rights song would travel that far?"[4] There are specific references to certain Australian places and politics, such as Kintore Ranges and the town of Yuendumu, vehicles produced by the Holden company, the "It's Time" slogan and the notion of "fair go".[5]

Charts[edit]

Other appearances[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

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References[edit]

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  2. ^ "The final list: APRA'S Ten best Australian Songs". Archived from the original on 8 March 2008.. Australasian Performing Right Association. 28 May 2001.
  3. ^ "Here Are the Songs That Made Triple M's 'Ozzest 100'". Music Feeds. 27 January 2018. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  4. ^ McCabe, Kathy (14 November 2016). "Peter Garrett reflects on Midnight Oil anthem Beds Are Burning as you decide the Best ARIA Song". News.com.au. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  5. ^ Mueller, Andrew (11 March 2014). "Australian anthems: Midnight Oil – Beds are Burning". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  6. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 200. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
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  8. ^ "Top RPM Dance/Urban: Issue 8558." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 21 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 8655." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 21 June 2013.
  10. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 5 no. 40. 1 October 1988. p. 25. Retrieved 29 February 2020.
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  23. ^ "Jaaroverzichten 1988". Ultratop (in Dutch). Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  24. ^ "Top 100 Single of '88" (PDF). RPM. Vol. 49 no. 10. 24 December 1988. p. 9. Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  25. ^ "1988 Year End Eurocharts > Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 6 no. 52/1. 1 January 1988. p. 30. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
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  30. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Midnight Oil – Beds Are Burning". Music Canada.
  31. ^ "Les Singles / Titres Certifiés "Argent"". InfoDisc (in French). Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  32. ^ "Les Singles en Argent". InfoDisc (in French). Archived from the original on 12 January 2016.
  33. ^ "Jeff Pilson's Underground Moon to See Debut Reissued". Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. 1 August 2008. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  34. ^ Mogus, Jason (1 October 2009). "'Beds are Burning' brings celebrities together in support of TckTckTck and climate justice". Archived from the original on 4 October 2009.. Tcktcktck.org.
  35. ^ "Amanda Palmer Announces Australian Charity Record; Releases Midnight Oil Cover". BroadwayWorld. 20 February 2020. Retrieved 21 February 2020.
  36. ^ Kenneally, Cerys (17 February 2020). "Julia Stone announces collaborative album with cover of Midnight Oil's "Beds Are Burning"". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 25 February 2020.

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