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Australia's answer to the Police, Men At Work found international fame as Australian ambassadors of crossover new wave. Originally a pub-rock band, the group was founded by Scottish-born Colin Hay and his fellow singer-guitarist Ron Strykert. They eventually brought in bassist John Rees, drummer Jerry Speiser and the multi-instrumentalist Greg Ham, whose flute and saxophone solos would greatly distinguish the band's terse, reggae-tinged rock. Their lead single "Who Can It Be Now?," a quirky treatise on paranoia, became an international smash in 1982; it was followed by the even more successful "Down Under," a paean to Aussie expats that introduced many listeners to the word "Vegemite." Men at Work rode the success of their debut album, Business as Usual, through a 1983 follow-up, Cargo, until lineup changes, a weak third album, and their waning novelty shunted the band down the "where are they now?" path.

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Australia's answer to the Police, Men At Work found international fame as Australian ambassadors of crossover new wave. Originally a pub-rock band, the group was founded by Scottish-born Colin Hay and his fellow singer-guitarist Ron Strykert. They eventually brought in bassist John Rees, drummer Jerry Speiser and the multi-instrumentalist Greg Ham, whose flute and saxophone solos would greatly distinguish the band's terse, reggae-tinged rock. Their lead single "Who Can It Be Now?," a quirky treatise on paranoia, became an international smash in 1982; it was followed by the even more successful "Down Under," a paean to Aussie expats that introduced many listeners to the word "Vegemite." Men at Work rode the success of their debut album, Business as Usual, through a 1983 follow-up, Cargo, until lineup changes, a weak third album, and their waning novelty shunted the band down the "where are they now?" path.

About Men at Work

Australia's answer to the Police, Men At Work found international fame as Australian ambassadors of crossover new wave. Originally a pub-rock band, the group was founded by Scottish-born Colin Hay and his fellow singer-guitarist Ron Strykert. They eventually brought in bassist John Rees, drummer Jerry Speiser and the multi-instrumentalist Greg Ham, whose flute and saxophone solos would greatly distinguish the band's terse, reggae-tinged rock. Their lead single "Who Can It Be Now?," a quirky treatise on paranoia, became an international smash in 1982; it was followed by the even more successful "Down Under," a paean to Aussie expats that introduced many listeners to the word "Vegemite." Men at Work rode the success of their debut album, Business as Usual, through a 1983 follow-up, Cargo, until lineup changes, a weak third album, and their waning novelty shunted the band down the "where are they now?" path.

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About Men at Work

Australia's answer to the Police, Men At Work found international fame as Australian ambassadors of crossover new wave. Originally a pub-rock band, the group was founded by Scottish-born Colin Hay and his fellow singer-guitarist Ron Strykert. They eventually brought in bassist John Rees, drummer Jerry Speiser and the multi-instrumentalist Greg Ham, whose flute and saxophone solos would greatly distinguish the band's terse, reggae-tinged rock. Their lead single "Who Can It Be Now?," a quirky treatise on paranoia, became an international smash in 1982; it was followed by the even more successful "Down Under," a paean to Aussie expats that introduced many listeners to the word "Vegemite." Men at Work rode the success of their debut album, Business as Usual, through a 1983 follow-up, Cargo, until lineup changes, a weak third album, and their waning novelty shunted the band down the "where are they now?" path.

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