Blue Sky Mine

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"Blue Sky Mine"
Blue Sky Mine (Midnight Oil) single coverart.jpg
Single by Midnight Oil
from the album Blue Sky Mining
Released February 1990
Format 7", 12", CD single
Recorded 1989
Genre Alternative rock
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Rob Hirst, Jim Moginie, Peter Garrett, Martin Rotsey, Bones Hillman
Producer(s) Midnight Oil, Wayne Livesy
Midnight Oil singles chronology
"Dreamworld"
(1988)
"Blue Sky Mine"
(1990)
"Forgotten Years"
(1990)

"Dreamworld"
(1988)
"Blue Sky Mine"
(1990)
"Forgotten Years"
(1990)

"Blue Sky Mine" is a song by Australian rock band Midnight Oil released in 1990 as the first single from their album Blue Sky Mining. It peaked at No. 7 on the Canadian RPM Top Singles chart, No. 8 on the Australian Singles Chart and Norwegian Singles Chart, No. 25 on the French Singles Chart, No. 66 on the UK Singles Chart, No. 47 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and No. 1 on both the Billboard Album Rock and Modern Rock charts. It charted the highest in New Zealand, where it reached No. 2 for two weeks behind "Don't Make Me Over" by Sybil.

The song was inspired by the experiences of workers at the Wittenoom asbestos mines who contracted various asbestos-related diseases.[1][2][3] The "blue" refers to blue asbestos, and the "sugar refining company" refers to the Colonial Sugar Refining Company Ltd (CSR), the owner of the mines.

Track listing[edit]

7" version
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Blue Sky Mine"R. Hirst, J. Moginie, P. Garrett, M. Rotsey, W. Stevens[4]4:20
2."You May Not Be Released"R. Hirst, Moginie, P. Garrett, Rotsey, W. Stevens[5]3:40
Total length:8:00
12" version
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Blue Sky Mine"R. Hirst, J. Moginie, P. Garrett, M. Rotsey, W. Stevens[4]4:18
2."Wedding Cake Island"R. Hirst, J. Moginie, P. Garrett, M. Rostey, P. Gifford[6]3:15
3."Blossom and Blood"R. Hirst, J. Moginie, P. Garrett, M. Rostey, P. Gifford[7]4:35
Total length:12:08

Charts[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.asbestosdiseases.org.au/asbestosinfo/wittenoom_tragedies.htm
  2. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/r13029
  3. ^ http://www.lonelyplanet.com/scotland/travel-tips-and-articles/76715
  4. ^ a b "'Blue Sky Mine' at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "'You May Not Be Released' at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "'Wedding Cake Island' at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "'Blossom and Blood' at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Midnight Oil – Blue Sky Mine". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Midnight Oil – Blue Sky Mine" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 9099." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 9060." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  12. ^ "Lescharts.com – Midnight Oil – Blue Sky Mine" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  13. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Midnight Oil – Blue Sky Mine". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  14. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Blue Sky Mine". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  15. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 12, 1990" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  16. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Midnight Oil – Blue Sky Mine" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  17. ^ "Charts.nz – Midnight Oil – Blue Sky Mine". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  18. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Midnight Oil – Blue Sky Mine". VG-lista. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  19. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Midnight Oil – Blue Sky Mine". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  20. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  21. ^ "Midnight Oil Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  22. ^ "Midnight Oil Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  23. ^ "Midnight Oil Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  24. ^ "Top 100 Hit Tracks of 1990". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 30 July 2018. 

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