Men at Work - Did You Know?

Men at Work - Did You Know?December 2, 2019

Music facts, music trivia, interesting stories and much more. Introducing the "Did You Know" page about Australian rock band, Men at Work.




Men at Work are an Australian rock band that was formed in 1979 and is best known for their hit song "Down Under" from 1981. However, another known and successful song of the band is "Who Can It Be Now?"

The song "Who Can It Be Now?" was the first single that the band released, and it became a hit. Men at Work actually started as an acoustic duo with Colin Hay singer and vocals and Ron Strykert on bass guitar. Jerry Speiser joined the band and played drums, along with Greg Ham on flute, saxophone, and keyboards and John Rees on bass guitar, with Ron switching at that point to lead guitar 

After a few years that the band played in Australian pubs, they were discovered by an American who at the time worked for CBS Records, and he decided to sign them.

The band started gaining success and in January 1983, Men at Work were the first Australian artist that had a simultaneous No.1 album and No.1 single in the US Billboard charts, the album Business as Usual and the song "Down Under."

In 1983, Men at Work won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist and in 1994, they were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. In May 2001, the song "Down Under" was listed at No.4 on the APRA Top 30 Australian songs and the album Business as Usual appeared in the book 100 Best Australian Albums.

Overall, the band have sold more than 30 million albums all over the world.

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