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Men at Work

Men at Work

Fact Sheet

Musical genre:Pop, Rock  
Country  Australia
Men at Work were an Australian reggae-influenced rock band of the early 1980s. They were best known for their 1982 hit "Down Under", a joyful, comic song about Australians travelling the world with confidence in the virtues of their country. The song was commercially successful in many countries - it was re-released as an unofficial theme song during Australia's successful 1983 America's Cup challenge and has become an unofficial national anthem for many under 40.

Their first album, Business as Usual, set a record for the most weeks at number one on the U.S. charts for a debut album. As well as "Down Under", the hit "Who Can It Be Now?" was made into a successful and popular video.

The band's second album, 1983's Cargo, was somewhat less successful, reaching number three on the U.S. charts. Two hit singles emerged from that album, "It's a Mistake" and "Overkill". When their third album, Two Hearts, was released in 1985 to little success, the band broke up.

Band members:

  • Colin Hay, lead vocals and guitar
  • Ron Strykert, guitar, vocals
  • John Rees, bass
  • Greg Ham, saxophone, flute, keyboards
  • Jerry Speiser, drums