Tag: Men at Work

Sunday 5/15/22 5pm ET: Feature LP: Men At Work – Business As Usual (1982)

Business as Usual is the debut studio album by Australian new wave band Men at Work, which was released November 1981 in Australia, June 1982 in the United States. It spent nine weeks at the top of the Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart from December 1981 through to March 1982. The Australian version had a black and white cover design; overseas releases had a similar design, but in a black and yellow color scheme. Business as Usual was one of the most successful albums internationally by an Australian group. It spent an unprecedented 15 weeks at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 from late 1982 to early 1983; and five weeks at No. 1 in the United Kingdom Albums Chart in early 1983. Business as Usual was also one of the highest selling Australian albums in the early 1980s, with 6 million copies shipped in the US, Surprisingly, the disc also made it to No. 31 on Billboard’s Black Albums chart.

In February 2010, a Federal Court judge in Sydney found that the flute riff from “Down Under” had been plagiarized from the Australian song “Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree”, written in 1934 by Marion Sinclair. The Federal Court determined that the copyright was still current (Sinclair died in 1988) and had been assigned to Larrikin Music. The judge found that “a substantial amount of the original song” had been reproduced in “Down Under”. Larrikin Music had suggested 60% of the royalties would be appropriate compensation, but the court decreed they shall receive only 5%, and only on mechanical rights for the song since 2002, and on future profits.

In October 2010, Business as Usual was listed in the book 100 Best Australian Albums.

  1. “Who Can It Be Now?” 3:21
  2. “I Can See It in Your Eyes” 3:29
  3. “Down Under” 3:42
  4. “Underground” 3:03
  5. “Helpless Automaton” 3:21
  6. “People Just Love to Play with Words” 3:29
  7. “Be Good Johnny” 3:35
  8. “Touching the Untouchables” 3:39
  9. “Catch a Star” 3:28
  10. “Down by the Sea” 6:53
  11. “Crazy” 2:37
  12. “Underground” (live) 3:49
  13. “Who Can It Be Now?” (live) 3:58
  14. “F-19” 3:52

Colin Hay – guitar (all tracks), lead vocals (tracks 1–4, 6–13)
Greg Ham – flute, keyboards, saxophone, “fiddly things” (attributed in the liner notes) (all tracks), background vocals (tracks 1–4, 6–10, 12–13), lead vocals (tracks 5, 11)
Ron Strykert – guitar, background vocals (all tracks), lead vocals (track 11)
John Rees – bass, background vocals
Jerry Speiser – drums, background vocals

“Who Can It Be Now?” was the first single released from the album. It was released as a single in Australia in June 1981 and in the U.S. in May 1982. It reached #2 on the Australian Kent Music Report Singles Chart in August 1981.
“Down Under” was the second single released from the album. It was released as a single on 2 November 1981. The single peaked at #1 on the Australian Kent Music Report Singles Chart for six weeks.
“Be Good Johnny” was the third single and final single released from the album. It was released in April 1982 and reached #8 on the Australian Kent Music Report Singles Chart.

Friday 1/7/22 3pm ET: RadioMaxMusic Special: The Music of 1981 (by title) A to Z – Part 4

This RadioMax special features our Library of music from 1981 A2Z.

We continue with letter D. We feature music from: Frankie Smith, Men At Work, Robbie Paton, Phil Collins, Bill Squier, Little River Band, Replacements, Cars, Steve Winwood, Depeche Mode, Kim Carnes, Humble Pie and many more. . .

3pm to 6pm ET

Thursday 1/6/22 6pm ET: RadioMaxMusic Special: The Music of 1981 (by title) A to Z – Part 3 Extended Edition

This RadioMax special features our Library of music from 1981 A2Z.

We continue with letter B and go the start of Letter C. We feature music from: Eddy Grant, Tanya Tucker, Kim Wilde, Olivia Newton-john, Sammi Smith, Adam Ant, Elvis Costello, April Wine, Kim Carnes, Quarterflash, Ozzy Osbourne, Men At Work, Kiss, Falco, Kinks and many more. . .

6pm to 12am ET

Wednesday 8/18/21 2pm ET: Feature Artist (3): Men At Work

The releases of Australian pop rock group Men at Work includes three studio albums, four live albums, eleven compilation albums, three extended plays, two video albums and 13 singles. Their No. 1 singles in the United States on Billboard Hot 100 were “Who Can It Be Now?” and “Down Under”, while their No. 1 Billboard 200 album was Business as Usual. Both “Down Under” and Business as Usual were also No. 1 in Australia, New Zealand and United Kingdom.

They won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1983, they were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1994, and they have sold over 30 million albums worldwide. In May 2001, “Down Under” was listed at No. 4 on the APRA Top 30 Australian songs and Business as Usual appeared in the book 100 Best Australian Albums (October 2010).

In 1984 Speiser and Rees were asked to leave the group, leaving Hay, Ham and Strykert. During the recording of the Two Hearts album, Strykert decided to leave. Soon after the release of Two Hearts, Ham left also, leaving Hay as the sole remaining member. From 1996 until 2002 Hay and Ham toured the world as Men at Work. On 19 April 2012, Ham was found dead at his home from an apparent heart attack.

In 2019, Hay revived the Men at Work moniker and began touring with the assistance of a backing band including none of the other original members.

Tuesday 6/22/21 2pm ET: Sounds of The 80’s

1980-1989 Today we feature music from and not in this order: Prince, Huey Lewis & The News, Blondie, Michael Jackson, Peter Wolf, Tina Turner, Men At Work, Donna Summer, Van Halen, Elton John, Toto and more . . .

Tuesday 1/12/2021 12am ET: Feature LP: Men At Work – Cargo (1983)

Cargo is the second studio album by Australian pop rock band Men at Work, which was released April 29,1983. It peaked at No. 1 on the Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart, No. 2 in New Zealand, No. 3 on the United States Billboard 200, and No. 8 on the United Kingdom Albums Chart. Four singles were released from the album, with “Overkill” being an international top 10 hit in Canada, Ireland, Norway, and US Billboard Hot 100.

1. “Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jive” 4:38
2. “Overkill” 3:47
3. “Settle Down My Boy” 3:31
4. “Upstairs in My House” 4:03
5. “No Sign of Yesterday” 6:15
6. “It’s a Mistake” 4:34
7. “High Wire” 3:02
8. “Blue for You” 3:55
9. “I Like To” 4:03
10. “No Restrictions” 4:31

11. “Shintaro”  2:49
12. “Till The Money Runs Out”  3:03
13. “Overkill” 12″  6:59

Colin Hay – lead vocals (except on tracks 3 & 9), guitar, Synclavier, background vocals
Greg Ham – flute, keyboards, saxophone, harmonica, background vocals, lead vocals on track 9
Ron Strykert – guitar, background vocals, lead vocals on track 3
John Rees – bass, background vocals
Jerry Speiser – drums, background vocals

Tuesday 2pm: Sounds of The 80’s

This week on Sounds of The 80’s:  Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Murphy, Kenny Rogers, Dire Straits, Robert John, Prince, Ramones, Air Supply, Steely Dan, America, Boston, Elton John, Poison, Stevie Nicks, Queen, Men At Work and many many more .. .