Peter Gifford

Peter Gifford

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Bass player with Midnight Oil from 1979 when Andrew "Bear" James left. Peter left in 1989 to be replaced by Bones Hillman.

Peter is credited with creating a significant part of the tight, driving sound that was the Oils, described as being an aggressive bass guitarist. He played on many of the band's most popular albums, including Place without a Postcard (1981), 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 (1982), Red Sails In The Sunset (1984) and Diesel and Dust (1987), as well the band's two studio EPs, Bird Noises (1980) and Species Deceases (1985).

He is credited with the bass lines of some of the band's most popular songs, including "Only the Strong", "US Forces", "Power and the Passion", "Best of Both Worlds", "When the Generals Talk", "Progress", "The Dead Heart", "Put Down That Weapon", "Dreamworld" and "Beds Are Burning".

Gifford joined the band in 1980 after hearing on the radio about the auditions for a replacement bass guitar player for Andrew 'Bear' James. He was actually driving over the Sydney Harbour Bridge to work as a roadie at the time. Andrew James was quite ill by this time and he had to withdraw from the band. The band was looking for a much more aggressive style of bass playing (an 'animal' as described by guitarist Jim Moginie) and Gifford fitted perfectly.

Gifford predominantly played a Fender Precision bass guitar and this can be seen in the 'Oils On The Water' Goat Island (Sydney, Australia) concert in 1985. His bass solo work in live performances of "Stand in Line" was his signature, so much so that the only reason why the 'Oils wouldn't play this song later on is because replacement bass player Bones Hillman couldn't play the bass line. Other songs featuring great bass line by Gifford include "No Time for Games", "Don't Wanna be the One", "Written in the Heart", "Lucky Country", "Power and the Passion", "'Somebody's Trying to Tell Me Something" as well as the songs from the Species Deceases EP. He also played the Chapman Stick on the tracks 'Sleep' and 'Who Can Stand in the Way' on the Red Sails in the Sunset album and in concert.

Gifford contributed significantly to backing vocals for the band, and is credited by long time producer Nick Launay as being a significant contributor in the recording studio.

In Australia, the Oils were most popular and successful in the 1980s and the sound Gifford brought to the band was an important part of that.

After leaving the band, he started Wicked Weasel, a direct marketing business specialising in micro bikinis. The company has built an international reputation for female swimwear and underwear.
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Peter Gifford Discography

Vocals

Midnight Oil Midnight Oil - Diesel And Dust (Album) CBS Australia 1987 Sell This Version
Midnight Oil Midnight Oil - Scream In Blue - Live (Album) Columbia US 1992 Sell This Version
Midnight Oil Midnight Oil - Best Of Both Worlds ABC Music, Universal Music Australia Australia 2004 Sell This Version

Instruments & Performance

Midnight Oil Midnight Oil - Bird Noises (EP) Columbia US 1980 Sell This Version
Midnight Oil Midnight Oil - Place Without A Postcard (Album) CBS Europe 1981 Sell This Version
Midnight Oil Midnight Oil - 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 (Album) CBS Brazil 1982 Sell This Version
Midnight Oil Midnight Oil - Red Sails In The Sunset (Album) CBS, Sprint Music Australia 1984 Sell This Version
CDCBS 26355 Midnight Oil Midnight Oil - Red Sails In The Sunset(CD, Album) CBS CDCBS 26355 Australia 1985 Sell This Version
Midnight Oil Midnight Oil - Diesel And Dust (Album) CBS Australia 1987 Sell This Version
Midnight Oil Dead Heart (Music Video) Midnight Oil - Black Fella White Fella SMV Enterprises Australia 1987 Sell This Version
Midnight Oil Midnight Oil - Scream In Blue - Live (Album) Columbia US 1992 Sell This Version
01-467392-10 Midnight Oil Midnight Oil - Red Sails In The Sunset / Place Without A Postcard / 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1(3xCD + Box, Comp) Columbia 01-467392-10 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
D30977 Neil Murray (2) Sing Your Destiny Neil Murray (2) - These Hands(CD, Album) Aurora (4) D30977 Australia 1993 Sell This Version
Midnight Oil Midnight Oil - Best Of Both Worlds ABC Music, Universal Music Australia Australia 2004 Sell This Version
Midnight Oil Midnight Oil - Flat Chat (Comp) Sony BMG Music Entertainment Australia 2006 Sell This Version
480807 2 Midnight Oil Midnight Oil - Diesel And Dust / Blue Sky Mining(2xCD + Box, Comp) Columbia 480807 2 Australia Unknown Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

Midnight Oil Midnight Oil - Place Without A Postcard (Album) CBS Europe 1981 Sell This Version
Midnight Oil Midnight Oil - 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 (Album) CBS Brazil 1982 Sell This Version
Midnight Oil Midnight Oil - Species Deceases (EP) Columbia US 1985 Sell This Version
CK 46133 Midnight Oil Midnight Oil - Midnight Oil(CD, Album, RE) Columbia, Sprint Music CK 46133 US 1990 Sell This Version
Midnight Oil Powderworks (as Gifford) Midnight Oil - Scream In Blue - Live (Album) Columbia US 1992 Sell This Version
01-467392-10 Midnight Oil Someone Else To Blame (as Gifford) and 1 more… Midnight Oil - Red Sails In The Sunset / Place Without A Postcard / 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1(3xCD + Box, Comp) Columbia 01-467392-10 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
471833 2, 07-471833-10 Midnight Oil Someone Else To Blame (as Gifford) Midnight Oil - Lucky Country(3xCD, Album + 2xCD, EP + Box, Comp) Columbia, Sony Music 471833 2, 07-471833-10 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
669404.2 Midnight Oil Eye Contact / Pictures Midnight Oil - The Real Thing(CD, Maxi) Columbia 669404.2 Australia 2000 Sell This Version
Midnight Oil Midnight Oil - The Real Thing (Album, Comp) Columbia Austria 2000 Sell This Version