The Australian band Men At Work
certainly left their mark on the 80's Billboard Chart.
The roots of the band can be traced back to the late
1970's, when vocalist Colin Hay created a band with Ron
Strykert, Jerry Speiser, Greg Ham, and John Rees.
They landed a record deal with Columbia Records in 1981,
and they were soon off to the races.
In June of 1981, Columbia released the
single "Who Can It Be Now?" in Australia, and this song,
in addition to the album it was released on,
Business as Usual, was very successful in
Australia and New Zealand. Initially, Columbia
would not release the album in the USA, but after some
prodding, it was released 6 months later. By late
1982, "Who Can It Be Now" was a no. 1 hit in the USA.
By 1983, the song "Down Under" was also released in the
USA, and it too became a no.1 hit. Some of you may
also remember the song "Be Good Johnny" from this same
At Work also released
in 1983, and it too was a great success. Songs
from this album you may remember include "It's a
Mistake", "Dr. Heckyll and Mr. Jive", and "Overkill".
Riding on the success for their first two albums, Men at
Work went on an extensive tour of the world.
Tensions were high in the band after 2 years of heavy
touring, and members began to split. The album
Hearts (1985) was released without all original
members, and it did not fair well on the charts.
The band was officially split up by 1986.
In 1996, the band reformed, although not
with all original members (Ham and Hay). The group
performed on stage together in the late 1990's and early
2000's, and even performed as late as 2009 for an
Australian telethon. Greg Ham passed away in 2012.
The Men at Work Discography is as follows:1981: Business as Usual
1985: Two Hearts
1989: Solid Gold
1995: Puttin' in Overtime
1996: Contraband: The Best of Men at Work
1998: Simply The Best
2000: Definitive Collection
2000: Super Hits
2003: The Essential Men at Work
2008: Essential Deluxe
2009: Playlist: The Very Best of Men at Work
2010: Live in San Bernardino
Business as Usual
Traveling in a fried-out combie,
On a hippie trail, head full of zombie,
I met a strange lady, she made me nervous, She
took me in and gave me breakfast, And she said,
"Do you come from a land down under? Where
women glow and men plunder? Can't you
hear, can't you hear the thunder?You better run,
you better take cover."