Earth and Sun and Moon

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Earth and Sun and Moon
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Studio album by Midnight Oil
Released 20 April 1993
Recorded 1993 at Megaphon Studios, Sydney, Australia
Genre Rock, alternative rock
Length 54:01
Label Sprint / Columbia
Producer Nick Launay, Midnight Oil
Midnight Oil chronology
Scream in Blue (Live)
(1992)Scream in Blue (Live)1992
Earth and Sun and Moon

Earth and Sun and Moon is an album by Australian rock group, Midnight Oil, that was released on 20 April 1993 under the Columbia Records label. It peaked at No.2 on the ARIA Albums Chart.


Midnight Oil's Earth and Sun and Moon album, produced with Nick Launay, was released on 20 April 1993 and peaked at No. 2 on the ARIA Albums Chart,[1] top 20 in Sweden and Switzerland,[2] Top 50 on Billboard 200,[3] and top thirty in the UK albums chart.[4] The single "Truganini" referenced multiple issues, including the 'last' Tasmanian Aboriginal, the treatment of indigenous artist Albert Namatjira, the Australian flag debate, and republicanism.[5] Liner notes for the single claimed "Truganini was the sole surviving Tasmanian Aborigine, the last of her race, when she died in 1876."[5] The Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre, representing over 7000 contemporary Tasmanians, called for the single to be boycotted as it perpetuated a 'white' myth about the extinction of Tasmanian Aborigines.[5] Their Native Title claims hinged upon establishing links with ancestral lands. Gary Morris, their manager, responded with, "My suggestion to these people is to stop shooting themselves in the foot and let a band like Midnight Oil voice its appeal to White Australia on behalf of Black Australia".[5] Critics contended that Morris disparaged Indigenous Australians' ability to represent themselves and overestimated Midnight Oil's ambassadorial powers while diminishing their errors, while some indigenous activists saw benefit in Midnight Oil's highlighting of the issues.[5] Nevertheless, "Truganini" released in March peaked at No. 10 on the ARIA singles charts,[1] No. 10 on Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks and No. 4 on their Modern Rock Tracks charts,[3] and top thirty for the UK charts.[4]


Professional ratings
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AllMusic 4.5/5 stars link
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Feeding Frenzy" Garrett, Moginie 5:07
2. "My Country" Hirst 4:51
3. "Renaissance Man" Garrett, Moginie, Rotsey 4:41
4. "Earth and Sun and Moon" Moginie 4:33
5. "Truganini" Hirst, Moginie 5:11
6. "Bushfire" Garrett, Moginie 4:36
7. "Drums of Heaven" Garrett, Hirst, Moginie 5:31
8. "Outbreak of Love" Hirst 5:14
9. "In the Valley" Garrett, Hirst, Moginie 4:41
10. "Tell Me the Truth" Garrett, Moginie 4:06
11. "Now or Never Land" Garrett, Moginie 5:22


Midnight Oil

Recording details

  • Producer – Nick Launay, Midnight Oil
  • Engineer – Brent Clark, Nick Launay
  • Mastering – Tony Cousins
  • Mixing – Nick Launay


  • Design – Kevin Wilkins, Craig Simmons, Midnight Oil[6]


  1. ^ a b "Midnight Oil discography". Australian Charts Portal. Archived from the original on 29 October 2010. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Earth and Sun and Moon album charting". Australian Charts Portal. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Midnight Oil – Charts & Awards – Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Chart Stats Midnight Oil". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 27 May 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Vellutini, Laetitia (2004). Richard Nile, ed. "Rezoning Australia: Journal of Australian Studies". The Australian Public Intellectual Network. Retrieved 19 March 2013.  |chapter= ignored (help)
  6. ^ "Credits: Midnight Oil - Earth and Sun and Moon". AllMusic. 

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