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Although Men at Work were not the first successful band from Australia, they may very well be the band most associated with it. With a series of catchy videos that featured radio friendly songs, Men at Work were an international phenom in the first half of the 80’s. Their music was underrated as they drew from more influences (a touch of Reggae, a woodwind and a solid horn section) and the success they had around the world was well deserved. They didn’t stay on the scene long, but they brought the ears of the world to Australia; something their country mates did not do.




The Bullet Points:


Eligible Since:



Country of Origin:

St. Kilda, Australia


Nominated In:



NIHOF’s Favorite Album:

Business as Usual (1982)


NIHOF’s Favorite Song:

Down Under (From Business as Usual, 1982)

Should Men at Work be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 40%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 13.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 13.3%
No opinion. - 13.3%
No way! - 20%
Last modified on Saturday, 10 March 2018 15:45
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0 #2 Darryl Tahirali -0001-11-30 00:00
I agree that Men at Work doesn't have the track record for the Hall but I might be more bullish on Cargo than you are. "Overkill," "It's a Mistake," and "High Wire" were substantial hits if not blockbusters like "Down Under" and "Who Can It Be Now?" The rest of Cargo was not just filler--"No Restrictions" is my favorite track while "Dr. Heckyll and Mr. Jive" is just off-the-wall funny. Not enough to push them into the Hall, but it keeps them from flash-in-the-pa n status.
0 #1 Musicologist999 -0001-11-30 00:00
Along with AC/DC, Men At Work definitely helped put Australia on the US musical map. "Business As Usual" is an all-time 80's album classic, and their videos were fun too---the band definitely had a great sense of humor. But after that first hugely successful album, Men At Work faded. Their second album "Cargo&quo t; did reasonably well, but their third album "Two Hearts" flopped. I'm glad bandleader Colin Hay is still keeping busy, as he's a great talent. But, as good as they were, I don't think Men At Work's commercial success with just one album is enough for an induction.

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