Men At Work - Business As Usual

Black Vinyl LP Record, Remaster

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Business As Usual is the debut studio album by Australian rock band Men At Work, originally released in November 1981 via CBS Records.

Men At Work formed in 1978 with Colin Hay on lead vocals and guitar, Jerry Speiser on drums and Ron Strykert on lead guitar. They were joined by Greg Ham on flute, saxophone, and keyboards and finally John Rees on bass guitar. This line-up achieved national and international success in the early 1980s.

In January 1983, they were the first Australian artists to have a simultaneous No. 1 album and No. 1 single in the United States Billboard charts with Business As Usual and "Down Under" respectively. With the same works, they achieved the same distinction of a simultaneous No. 1 album and No. 1 single on the Australian, New Zealand and United Kingdom charts. Their second studio album, Cargo (1983) was also No. 1 in Australia, No. 2 in New Zealand, No. 3 in the US, and No. 8 in the UK. Their third album, Two Hearts (1985), reached the top 20 in Australia and top 50 in the US.

Business As Usual became a surprise international hit on the basis of the singles "Who Can It Be Now?" and "Down Under", two excellent singles that merged straight-ahead pop rock hooks with a quirky new wave production, which complements the good pop song-craft of Hay, and an offbeat sense of humour.

With a knack for asymmetrical vocal movement from calm and raspy to strong and desperate, Hay provided a concise vocal guide above the band’s reggae and ska influenced rhythmic pulse. The resultant effect was a message that was simultaneously entertaining, a bit humorous, and deeply philosophical. The band also added other sonic elements, such as the phased guitar sounds and just the right infusion of saxophone by Greg Ham to give them an elemental edge over other pop-oriented new wave groups of the day.

Beyond the radio hits, the rest of the album contains some very strong songs. “Underground” is one of the most rewarding songs on the album, complex both lyrically and in musical arrangement, with a fine guitar riff by Strykert and great drumming by Jerry Speiser.  “Touching The Untouchables” is a complex piece with dynamic vocals and interesting guitar and sax riffs throughout.

Men At Work won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1983, a first for any Australian recording act.

This album is a 2016 reissue on black vinyl with remastered audio, pressed in Australia via Sony Music.

(13273)

Tracklisting:

 

No.

Title

Time

A1

Who Can It Be Now?

3:20

A2

I Can See It In Your Eyes

3:26

A3

Down Under

3:39

A4

Underground

3:04

A5

Helpless Automaton

3:18

B1

People Just Love To Play With Words

3:33

B2

Be Good Johnny

3:33

B3

Touching The Untouchables

3:47

B4

Catch A Star

3:28

B5

Down By The Sea

6:48

SKU 13273
Record Label Sony Music
Label / Model # Sony
Catalogue Number 88985347951
Country AU - Australia
Release Date (Year) 02 December 2016
Original Release Date (Year) 09 November 1981
Barcode # 0889853479511
Shipping Weight 0.2600kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000985960m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, Black Vinyl, Remastered Audio, Reissue
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock & Popular
Format VINYL LP

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