Midnight Oil was formed in 1971 in Sydney, Australia. Initially, it was called Farm. The first lineup featured guitar players, Jim Moginie and Martin Rotsey, drummer Rob Hirst, and a bass guitarist, Andrew James. The artists began their joint careers by performing covers on other musicians’ hits.
In 1975, Pete Garret joined the band. He used to play with Rock Island Line. The new member became the lead vocalist and the leader of the band. In the next year, the band toured the east coast of Australia, giving small concerts. At about the same time, the artists changed the name from Fame to Midnight Oil.
For a long time, the band couldn’t find a label that would agree to work with it. So in 1978, the artists decided to form their own. They called it Powderworks Records. Soon, the group released its first LP, Midnight Oil. Next year, the artists presented a new album, Head Injuries. It featured the band’s first big hit, “Cold Cold Change”, which earned gold status in Australia. A year later, Andrew James left Midnight Oil due to health issues. Peter Gifford took his place. With Gifford, the band released a new EP, Noises, which made it into many Australian charts. The album was produced by the ex-member of Supercharge, Leszek Karski, whom the band worked with before.