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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Midnight Oil

Australia’s Midnight Oil brought a new sense of political and social immediacy to pop music: not only did incendiary hits like “Beds Are Burning” and “Blue Sky Mine” bring global attention to the plight of, respectively, aboriginal settlers and impoverished workers, but the group also put its money where its mouth was — in addition to mounting benefit performances for groups like Greenpeace and Save the Whales, frontman Peter Garrett even ran for the Australian Senate on the Nuclear Disarmament Party ticket. The band formed in Sydney in 1971 as Farm, and originally comprised guitarists Jim Moginie and Martin Rotsey, drummer Rob Hirst and bassist Andrew “Bear” James; Garrett, a law student known for his seven-foot-tall stature and shaven head, assumed vocal duties in 1975, and the group soon rechristened itself Midnight Oil. After months of sporadic gigs, they began making the rounds to area record companies; following a string of rejections, the group formed its own label, Powderworks, and issued their self-titled debut — a taut, impassioned collection of guitar rock which quickly established the Midnight Oil sound — in 1978.  After declaring their independence from the music industry, the Oils grew increasingly active and outspoken in the political arena; after performing in opposition to uranium mining, they supported the Tibet Council before turning their attentions to the unfair practices of the local music industry, and formed their own booking agency in response to the monopoly exerted by area agents and promoters. With their 1979 sophomore effort Head Injuries, the band scored their first hit single, “Cold Cold Change,” and earned a gold record. James left the band the following year due to health problems; with new bassist Peter Gifford, they cut the EP Bird Noises, another chart success.  The aborigines’ plight came to the fore on 1987’s Diesel and Dust, the Oils’ breakthrough record; sparked by the hit single “Beds Are Burning,” the album reached the U.S. Top 20 and made the band a household commodity. After bassist Dwayne “Bones” Hillman (ex-Swingers) replaced Gifford, Midnight Oil returned with 1990’s Blue Sky Mining, which they followed with a concert outside of the Exxon corporation’s Manhattan offices in protest the company’s handling of the Alaskan oil spill. (A film of the performance titled Black Rain Falls was later released, with profits going to Greenpeace.) The album Earth and Sun and Moon appeared in 1993, followed three years later by Breathe. Midnight Oil next resurfaced in 1998 with Redneck Wonderland. The Real Thing, only available in Australia, followed in 2001. It was a solid collection of new songs and live tracks from Midnight Oil’s magnificent run at the Metro Theatre in Sydney. Capricornia, issued on Liquid 8 in spring 2002, marked the band’s 14th album of their career. In December, Peter Garrett announced his split from the band after 25 years. Garrett, who left Midnight Oil on good terms, wished to pursue other challenges

    

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Sunday, July 8, 2007

U2

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Larry Mullen put an advertisement on the school bord of the Mount Temple school in october 1967, he wanted to start a band, named Feedback. Paul David Hewson, later known as Bono, reacted on the advertisement, saying he could play guitar and sing, which he both could not. David Howell Evans, later known as The Edge, responded, and they asked Adam Clayton to join too. Larry Mullen on drums, Bono, singer and guitar, Adam Clayton, bas and sometimes guitar, The Edge, guitar, piano,sing and sometimes bas. U2 is a Irish rock band and is still in the formation they started out in. The band is Political active and supports many charities. Feedback hat 5 members, Dik Evans played guitar, brother of The Edge. In 1978 they changed the name of the band in The Hype, arround this time Dik Evans left the band. Almost at the same time the change the name again in U2, after the spionage plane that was brought down over Russia with Gary Powers on board. In the first years of the band religion has a strong influance on there songs, what you can hear in “I will Follow”, “Gloria” and “With a Shout”. In 1983 they release the album “War”. New Year’s day and Sunday Bloody Sunday become a hit, Sunday Bloody Sunday tells about Sunday 30st of januari 1972 when 13 people died under demonstrators and the British Army in County Londonderry, North Ireland. After the album The “Unforgettable Fire” in 1984 the album “The Joshua Tree” was released in 1987. It came number 1 in the UK as in the US. In 1988 the album Rattle and Hum came out also the name for the documentary about the band. Rattle and Hum is a tribute to American music. B.B. King worked on this album. The interested for the band was so high that the band members withdrew themselves and went to Berlin. The result was “Achtung Baby” released in 1991 was very experimental. The band was searching for a new style, The Zoo Tour and and the album “Zooropa” released in 1993, where a parody on the amusement industry. This theme was continued with the release of “Pop”in 1997 and the “Pop mart tour”. In 2000 “The Elevation tour” followed after releasing of “All that you Can’t Leave Behind”. this album was old-fashion succesfull and sold over 12 miljon times, it brought them 2 number 1 hits, “Beautiful day”and “Elevation”. After “Elevation”it became quite around the band. Bono was active with his new organisation DATA that amoung others strives of reduction of the debt burden in Africa. In 2004 the next album was released, “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb” singles of this album where “Vertigo” and “Sometimes you can’t make it on your own”, Bono wrote this during the time his father was dying of cancer, he sung this song at his fathers funeral. On the 14th of march 2005 U2 was admitted in the Hall of Fame. Together with Green Day they release “The Saints are coming” the turnovers of this single go to the foundation Music Rising from The Edge, its for the victims of the Katrina Hurricane in New Orleans. In 2007 they release the single “Windows in the Skies” Both singles come from the album U218, the last single they release under the Island-label, they switch to Mercury in 2006.

Albums

1980 Boy, 1981 October, 1983 War, 1983 Under a Blood Red Sky, 1985 Wide Awake in America, 1987 The Joshua Tree 1, 1988 Rattle and Hum, 1991 Achtung Baby, 1995 Original Soundtracks No. 1 Passengers, 1997 Pop, 1998 The Best Of 1980 - 1990, 2000 All That You Can’t Leave Behind, 2002 The Best Of 1990 - 2000, 2004 How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, 2006 U218 Singles

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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Nicole Kidman

Nicole_KidmanNicole Kidman was born in Honolulu Hawaï on the 22th of june 1967. Her father is Sydney’s psychologist Dr. Anthony David Kidman, famous for his work done with breast cancer patients, her mother Janelle Ann Macneille Kidman. She has a sister Antonia Kidman. Young Nicole started out with ballet but she took up mime and drama as well her first role on stage was a bleating sheep in an elementary school Christmas pageant. When she got older she starting with acting, when other kids of het adge where lying in the sun and having fun she retreated to dark rehearsal halls to practice her craft. She dropped out of highschool to pursue acting full time. Her first movie was at the adge of 16, when she got a role in the Australian holiday favorite Bush Christmas. After that she recieved lots of film and tv offers. With the help of an American agent, she eventualy made her US debut opposite Sam Neill in the at sea-thriller Dead Calm in 1989. Her next movie as Tom Cruise’s doctor/ love interest in the racetrack romance Days of Thunder in 1990, they fell in love and got married on December 24, 1990. But she kept determinded not te let her marital status to overshadow her career. They where togehter in the thriller Eyes Wide Shut in 1999. She and Tom adopted two children; Isabella Jane born in 1993 and Connor Anthony born in 1995. Even though there appeard to have a rock sollid image they announced in early 2001 that they were separating due to career conflicts. Later on she got in a relationship with Keith Urban and there first public appearance was at the German Grammy Awards in 2006. They got married june 25th 2006.

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