Men at Work
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Was it Dezmond who said he was a big fan of Men At Work and Colin Hay - can't remember?
Posted by shawn mc on Saturday, 06.30.07 @ 13:33pm
Yes, it was Dezmond. 'Business As Usual' is one of my favorite albums of all time. Seriously. With maybe one or two mediocre tunes on it, the rest is really solid. Catchy radio hits, solid album tracks, great musicianship all around, and Colin Hay has one of the most recognizeable and distinct voices of the 80's. Their other couple of albums are not nearly as strong as the debut, but they have some great individual songs on them. I think "Overkill" is their single best song, and that is on their second album, 'Cargo'.
Posted by Dezmond on Sunday, 07.1.07 @ 14:40pm
Yea Dez, I saw that Hay has almost twice as many solo albums as Men At Work - do they have a similar sound?
Posted by shawn mc on Sunday, 07.1.07 @ 16:23pm
Well, there isn't much to choose from. Men At Work only released three studio records, and the third is out of print and kinda hard to find. So, that leaves 'Cargo' as the next one to get. It is not as solid as 'Business...', but I'd say about half of it is really solid, especially if you enjoy 'Business...' They stretch out and try some different things, some of of which work and some of which don't. But 'Cargo' has a lot going for it: "Overkill" is the best song Men At Work ever did, "It's a Mistake" was a catchy hit single, and there are some great deeper cuts like "No Sign of Yesterday", "No Restrictions", "Highwire" and "Blue For You". Good stuff, just don't expect it, overall, to be on the same level as 'Business...'
Posted by Dezmond on Monday, 07.2.07 @ 13:36pm
Posted by bella on Sunday, 05.10.09 @ 01:19am
They are pretty much catagorized as "New Wave", I think.
Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 05.10.09 @ 12:13pm
Men at Work Without Hats
Posted by Roy on Monday, 07.19.10 @ 13:26pm
RIP, Greg Ham
Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Thursday, 04.19.12 @ 09:41am
R.I.P., Greg Ham.
Posted by Zach on Thursday, 04.19.12 @ 21:38pm
RIP Greg Ham. I'm a huge Men at Work fan, and while I love Colin Hay's work, Men At Work's unique sound was also due to Ham's flute and sax work (and Ron Strykert's underrated guitar work). What a great band. After reading some articles today, I was saddened to read about the lawsuit over the flute riffs in "Down Under" that so devastated Greg Ham. Anyway, I'll give BUSINESS AS USUAL a spin tonight in honor of Greg!
Posted by Dezmond on Friday, 04.20.12 @ 01:11am
Rock & Roll Jeopardy
Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Sunday, 04.22.12 @ 19:22pm
I Saw them twice on SNL (October 23 1982, and October 22,1983) and almost collapsed. They deserved to be at least somewhere. But Unfortunaley they didn't do enough to be in the R&RHOF
Posted by darren on Thursday, 02.21.13 @ 11:41am
Men at Work was categorized as "new wave" only because that's the era in which they came from. However, I think that was not the right lable for the band. I always considered them a "tight rock n roll pub band." They remind me a lot of Dire Straits (pre-MTV). Some critics actually considered them as "The Police wannabes" but I don't think they have anything in common with the Police... although Colin Hay was sort of the front man, on par with Sting.
Posted by Barry on Monday, 08.26.13 @ 10:05am
DOWN UNDER-MEN AT WORK 1982
Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Sunday, 02.23.14 @ 03:24am
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