MIDNIGHT OIL FACTS AND FAQs - RED SAILS IN THE SUNSET

Note on HARRISBURG:
The line "The ambassadors's a night club" refers to the former Ambassador Hotel in Newcastle (now the Radisson). The band played there in the 1970s.

Who is/was JIMMY SHARMAN?
He was a man who toured Australian country towns with a boxing tent in the 1950s. The purpose of the tents were to allow local participants (men) to test their masculine prowess (in other words their ego) by fighting and beating the mostly aboriginal men who were part of the travelling sideshow. Boxing tents became unfashionable around the early 1970s as its exploitative nature became more and more intolerable.

Jimmy Sharman is also the father of Jim Sharman, producer of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Who/What is KOSCIUSKO?
Highest mountain in Australia. It is about 2282 metres highs and named for a non-Australian.

In SLEEP, what is a missionbeat beat?
The Missionbeat was (is?) the name of a group in Sydney that cared for the homeless and undesirables who needed food and shelter. The Missionbeat beat was their route. They are very similar to the more widely known Salvation Army.

Who is John Laws (WHO CAN STAND IN THE WAY)?
John Laws is a very famous TV and Radio personality based in Sydney. He is reported to be the highest paid radio personality in Australia and is very outspoken and up front.

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