- Americans Hate Tingle: Like most well-known bands not based in the US or UK, Midnight Oil are perpetually stuck in the trap of being incredibly popular (or at least incredibly notable) in their home countries and virtually nowhere else... aside from those who deem them a One-Hit Wonder for "Beds are Burning".
- Anvilicious: The Americans Hate Tingle aspect is likely because the band is so wrapped up in Australian politics that they simply can't resonate very far off their home continent. Mind you, in their case, Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped for sure. But it definitely hobbles their ability to relate elsewhere.
- Awesome Music: The consensus is that the albums 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, and Diesel and Dust are this. There are too many qualifying songs to name, but "Beds Are Burning" was their biggest hit, charting in the top 10 of five countries, and "US Forces" was unequivocally the live favourite.
- There is also the time they performed on The Panel and did an acoustic rendition of "Short Memory." It has to be seen to be believed.
- Bizarro Episode: "Bakerman" on Red Sails in the Sunset. A Japanese school band plays a cheerful oompa ditty.
- Epic Riff: A lot. It might be easier to just name the ones that don't have one.
- The one from "Beds are Burning" might actually be the only thing people outside Australia know them for.
YMMV / Midnight Oil