Men At WorkBusiness As Usual

Label:CBS – SBP 237700
Vinyl, LP, Album
Style:Pop Rock, New Wave


A1Who Can It Be Now?
Lyrics By, Music ByColin Hay
A2I Can See It In Your Eyes
Lyrics By, Music ByColin Hay
A3Down Under
Lyrics ByColin Hay
Music ByHay*, Strykert*
Lyrics By, Music ByColin Hay
A5Helpless Automaton
Lyrics By, Music ByGreg Ham
B1People Just Love To Play With Words
Lyrics By, Music ByRon Strykert
B2Be Good Johnny
Lyrics ByColin Hay
Music ByColin Hay, Greg Ham
B3Touching The Untouchables
Lyrics ByColin Hay, Ron Strykert
Music ByRon Strykert
B4Catch A Star
Lyrics By, Music ByColin Hay
B5Down By The Sea
Lyrics ByColin Hay
Music ByHay*, Ham*, Speiser*, Strykert*

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Sound recording made by CBS Records Australia Limited – first published ℗ in Australia 1981.
© 1981 CBS Records Australia Limited.
℗ 1981 CBS Records Australia Limited.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Price Code: 140
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): MX200452
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): MX200453
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, stamped, variant 1): Δ MX200452-D SBP237700-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, stamped, variant 1): Δ MX200453-B SBP237700-2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, stamped, variant 3): Δ MX200452-C SBP237700-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched, variant 3): MX200453-B SBP237700-B-2 2 JVC/RL

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Business As Usual (LP, Album, Stereo)CBS, CBS85423, CBS 85423Europe1981
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Business As Usual (Cassette, Album)CBSPC 7700Australia1981
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Business As Usual (LP, Album)CBS, Discos CBS138.548Brazil1981
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Business As Usual (Cassette, Album)CBS40-85423Europe1981
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Business As Usual (LP, Album)CBSASF 2734South Africa1981



  • qldcritic's avatar
    Question: should we give a composing credit to Marion Sinclair in light of the fact that Colin Hay was determined to have plagiarised her song's melody as the flute riff in "Down Under?"
    • realghostbuster's avatar
      I have an old U.S. CD pressing (pre-remaster). It sounds really statiky at a couple points. Is that my equipment or was this common for CD editions of this album? I noticed the remastered edition has the same issue but I'd just assumed it was a casualty of the loudness war..(?)...
      • TheVinylNothing's avatar
        Edited 4 years ago
        think I found a promo copy, thats not listed as Promo. Although, it's for a US version, not the one its defaulted to.

        • Upplegus's avatar
          Edited 11 years ago
          Men At Work was officially my first favorite band that I chose completely on my own. Yes I had already been listening to The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, and some other bands introduced to me by my sister but Men At Work was my choice without any influence or help from my sister or any friends peer pressure. When your 10 years old your reasons for picking a favorite band may be more simplistic than they are later in life but I feel pretty good even to this day about my choice.

          I first decided to make Men At Work my favorite band when I saw their music videos for “Who Can It Be Now” and “Land Down Under”. These videos were quirkily and funny. These videos would later contribute to my affection to watching Monty Python.

          I got Business As Usual on vinyl and I played the album over and over and over until someone asked me if I would possibly listen to something else for a while. I remember going to a state fair and trying to win Men At Work hat, shirt, buttons and anything else I could find.

          The album has the big hits that you still hear on the radio like “Who Can It Be Now” and “Down Under. The rest of the album is a kind of jazzy new wave style that sounds happy but the lyrics are a bit jaded and sad.

          I find that this album has held up very well and I’m still happy to listen to it from time to time. The band made two more albums and crumbled apart by the time the third album came out. I remember for several years after hoping that a new album would come out. Colin Hay the lead singer would release a solo album and for me the magic was over. Hay’s solo album was more like a pitiful attempt to do a Paul Simon Graceland album. Oh well, nothing lasts forever but you can enjoy what was, like first love, your first favorite group is something you should never forget or be ashamed off, unless it was Tiffany.


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