(This was an article that was never published on Nerdist.com.)
Over the years my Mom introduced me to many things. In addition to Doctor Who she turned me on to a little known band from Australia called Men At Work. Their song “Who can it be now” was very different from the songs of the day. It was the combination of unique rhythms and brilliant humor that set them apart from the bands of the day. Men At Work were one of the first posters that went up on my bedroom walls.
The combination of Colin Hay’s unique vocals and Greg Ham’s use of unconventional instruments made the band one of the icons of the 1980’s. The saxophone solo in “Who Can it Be Now” inspired me to pick up the saxophone. How many hit songs have a flute solo in it? “The Land Down Under” had an iconic flute solo by Greg Ham! It was said that he recorded it during rehearsal. They managed to define the sound of the 1980’s without having their sound defined by the musical trends of the day.
Men At Work blazed a trail for bands such as “Midnight Oil” and “Crowded House.” They caused a Beatle-esque Australian band mania during the 1980’s. I highly recommend Men At Work’s first two albums “Business as Usual” and “Cargo.”
You can find Men at Work on Rdio: http://www.rdio.com/#/artist/Men_At_Work/bio/
“Business as Usual” on Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/album/146RggLMNzNZL1ZVr8hbCw
“Cargo” on Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/album/4GDchmJ8oESRJ58cDXvnE0
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