Men At Work ‎– Down Under

Epic ‎– EPCA 10 1980
Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Shape, Single, Blue


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Playing surface is 7", but the image is a cut out 12".

April Music Ltd.
(P) 1981 CBS Records Australia Ltd.
Original sound recording made by CBS Records Australia Ltd.
CBS Records are the exclusive licensees for the UK.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: MCPS/BIEM
  • Label Code: LC 0199

Other Versions (5 of 47) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
BA 222891 Men At Work Down Under(7", Single) CBS BA 222891 Australia 1981 Sell This Version
EPC A1980 Men At Work Down Under(7", Promo, Com) Epic EPC A1980 UK 1981 Sell This Version
833-0024 Men At Work Down Under(12") CBS 833-0024 Ecuador 1983 Sell This Version
CBSA 2066, A-2066 Men At Work Down Under(7") CBS, CBS CBSA 2066, A-2066 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
BA 222 891 Men At Work Down Under(7", Single) CBS BA 222 891 New Zealand 1981 Sell This Version



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March 1, 2012
Although this was by far not the first widely known Australian rock song (that honour goes to "Friday On My Mind" by The Easybeats), it is the one that is most referred to as "Australian Rock". The funny video did help achieving this and it was one of the first MTV music videos.
Somehow, it also started the expression "down under" as a common reference to Australia since then.

For some strange reason, some parts of the song are misheard in other languages:

1. first verse, first line ("traveling in a fried out combie") misheard in German as "satt und leer in 'nem feigen Kamel" (drunk and empty in a foul camel) and in Dutch as "ik zat alleen in een vuile kameel" (I sat alone in a dirty camel).
2. second verse, first line ("buying bread from a man in Brussels") misheard in German as "beim Bett von dem Anderen, was soll's?" (at someone else's bed, why should I?)
3. third verse, first line ("dying in a den in Bombay") misheard in German as "keine Antennen in Bombay" (no antennas in Bombay).