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Album Review

Business as Usual became a surprise international hit on the basis of "Who Can It Be Now?" and "Down Under," two excellent singles that merged straight-ahead pop/rock hooks with a quirky new wave production and an offbeat sense of humor. Colin Hay's keening vocals uncannily recall Sting, and the band's rhythmic pulse and phased guitars also bring to mind a bar band version of the Police. And that helps make the remainder of Business as Usual enjoyable. There's a fair amount of filler on the record, but "Be Good Johnny," "I Can See It in Your Eyes," and "Down by the Sea" are all fine new wave pop songs, making Business as Usual one of the more enjoyable mainstream-oriented efforts of the era.

Customer Reviews

Excellent!

30+ years old, and it still holds up.

A pinnacle of the New Wave Era.

The best debut album in music history. Bar none.

Best Album Debut Front To Back!!

I bought this album on vinyl back in 1983. I was 9 at the time but this album made a huge impact on me musically. Colin Hay has one the most haunting voices you will ever have the pleasure of hearing but that's not the only plus. This band has a cohesion like no other band I've heard. I honestly think these guys thought every song was a jam session. Every song is a masterpiece including "Helpless Automation" sung by Greg Ham. You will not be disappointed!

Biography

Formed: 1979 in Melbourne, Australia

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

Men at Work were one of the more surprising success stories of the new wave era, rocketing out of Australia in 1982 to become the most successful artist of the year. With its Police-styled rhythms, catchy guitar hooks, wailing saxophones, and off-kilter sense of humor, the band's debut album, Business as Usual, became an international blockbuster, breaking the American record for the most weeks a debut spent at the top of the charts. Their funny, irreverent videos became MTV favorites, helping send...
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