Men at Work

~ Group


Men At Work: formed in 1979 Group members (in early 80s): * Colin Hay (born June 29, 1954) (lead singer/guitar)(additionally has an extensive solo career). * Ron Strykert (guitar/vocals). * John Rees (bass). * Jerry Speiser (drums). * Greg Ham (saxophone, flute, keyboards).

*Best known albums/songs w/ "Men At Work":

-Business as Usual 1982 (Down Under, Who Can It Be Now, Be Good Johnny, Down By The Sea), stayed at #1 on the American charts for 16 weeks.

-Cargo 1983 (Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jive, Overkill, It's A Mistake).

*"Men At Work" won the 1982 Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

-Brazil 96 (Including only 2 original members Colin Hay & Greg Ham, recorded live in Brazil, May 1996 and originally only available as an import. 2yrs later renamed simply 'Brazil' it was released stateside including the track 'The Longest Night' recorded March 1998).

*Colin Hay's solo career has included great accoustic versions of his songs from the "Men At Work" years as well as numerous newer songs that show the writer's unique ability to convey complexity and depth within seemingly simple observations of life. For those who have not delved deeper into Hay's music than "Men At Work" you're in for a treat by checking out his more recent material.

*Solo songs have included "Beautiful World", "I Don't Think I'll Ever Get Over You" (the later featured in the film Garden State), and "Into My Life" (huge hit in Brazil). *Solo albums have included "Looking For Jack" (1987), , "Wayfaring Sons" (1990), "Topanga", "Transcendental Highway", "Going Somewhere" (2001).

Annotation last modified on 2005-05-18 04:21 UTC.



Year Title RatingReleases
1981 Business as Usual 3 11
1983 Cargo 6
1985 Two Hearts 2
It's a Mistake 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1986 '81 - '85 / Business as Usual 1
1992 The Works 1
1995 Men at Work and Friends 1
1995 Puttin' in Overtime 1
1996 Contraband: The Best of Men at Work 2
1997 Puttin' in Overtime 1
1998 Simply the Best 1
2000 Definitive Collection 2
2000 Super Hits 2
2001 Down Under 1
2003 The Essential Men at Work 2
2004 The Best Of 1
2009 The Very Best of Men at Work 1
Hits 1
The Best of Men at Work 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1997 Brazil '96 2
2010 Live in San Bernandino 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1980 Keypunch Operator 1
1983 Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jive 1
1985 Everything I Need 1
1989 Down Under 3

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