Peter Garrett of Midnight Oil, “Beds Are Burning” – Politician
Australian alternative band Midnight Oil always brought a political tone to their lyrics – their biggest hit, “Beds Are Burning,” is a demand for the Australian government to cede tribal lands back to the indigenous Pintupi people. So when the group eventually split up in 2002, lead singer Peter Garrett decided to focus on politics full-time.
In 2004, he was nominated for a spot in Australia’s House of Representatives with the Labour Party and won in a landslide. He’s held office ever since, with his responsibilities including the environment and education.