Earth and Sun and Moon

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Earth and Sun and Moon
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 1993
RecordedOctober 1992 − January 1993
StudioMegaphon Studios, Sydney, Australia
GenreRock, alternative rock
LabelSprint / Columbia
ProducerNick Launay, Midnight Oil
Midnight Oil chronology
Scream in Blue (Live)
Earth and Sun and Moon
Singles from Earth and Sun and Moon
  1. "Truganini"
    Released: March 1993
  2. "My Country"
    Released: 1993
  3. "In the Valley"
    Released: 1993
  4. "Drums of Heaven"
    Released: 1993
  5. "Outbreak of Love"
    Released: 1993

Earth and Sun and Moon is the eighth studio album by Australian rock group, Midnight Oil, that was released in 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 in 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 30 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] "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 30 for the UK charts.[4]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Rolling Stone[7]

Tom Demalon of AllMusic remarked, "If Earth and Sun and Moon isn't Midnight Oil's best effort, it's certainly close. The band still sticks to themes that are close to its heart -- the environment, native peoples, and other social causes -- but rarely has it managed to fashion an album full of songs that are as musically intoxicating."[6]

Track listing[edit]

1."Feeding Frenzy"Garrett, Moginie5:07
2."My Country"Hirst4:51
3."Renaissance Man"Garrett, Moginie, Rotsey4:41
4."Earth and Sun and Moon"Moginie4:33
5."Truganini"Hirst, Moginie5:11
6."Bushfire"Garrett, Moginie4:36
7."Drums of Heaven"Garrett, Hirst, Moginie5:31
8."Outbreak of Love"Hirst5:14
9."In the Valley"Garrett, Hirst, Moginie4:41
10."Tell Me the Truth"Garrett, Moginie4:06
11."Now or Never Land"Garrett, Moginie5:22



Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[18] Platinum 70,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[19] Gold 25,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


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[20]


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  4. ^ a b "The Official Charts Company Midnight Oil". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
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  15. ^ "ARIA Top 50 Albums for 1993". ARIA. Retrieved 3 November 2021.
  16. ^ "The RPM Top 100 Albums of 1993". RPM. 17 July 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  17. ^ "Top Selling Albums of 1993 — The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Recorded Music New Zealand. Retrieved 3 November 2021.
  18. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1993 Albums" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2 May 2022.
  19. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards ('Earth and Sun and Moon')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 May 2022.
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