MIDNIGHT OIL FACTS AND FAQs - DIESEL AND DUST

This was Peter Gifford's last album. Why?
The general understanding of Peter Gifford's departure is that he got tired of the touring lifestyle and decided to take life a little more easy. Bones Hillman was picked up during the Diesel and Dust tour and stayed on as his replacement once the tour concluded and Peter's departure was finalized.

See the BAND MEMBER FAQs (Page 227) for more on Peter Gifford's post-Midnight Oil activities.

Why doesn't GUNBARREL HIGHWAY appear on the US release of Diesel and Dust?
The rumor (based upon a rant by Peter Garrett at a US D&D concert)is that the US branch of Columbia was uncomfortable with the word 'shit' in the lyrics.

What is the GUNBARREL HIGHWAY?
It is now a desolate, unmaintained stretch of road that passes through aboriginal lands. Its construction was overseen by Len Beadell, the same person responsible for the Maralinga atomic testing site.

Who/What is WARAKURNA?
An aboriginal settlement ( named after a tribe ?) in the western desert of Australia. It is not too far outside of Yulara (the site of Uluru/Ayers Rock) near the western border. The people in the settlement are hard hit by poverty.

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