Men At Work Broke Up In 1985

February 7, 2012 by staff 

Men At Work Broke Up In 1985, Colin Hay , His former band: Men at Work was an Australian reggae-influenced rock band which achieved international success in the 1980s. They are best known for their 1982 hit “Down Under”, a fun song about Australians travelling the world with confidence in the virtues of their country. The song has become an unofficial national anthem for many Aussies.

The band was 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 “Who Can It Be Now?” and “Down Under” to number one. Men at Work’s momentum sustained them through their second album, 1983′s Cargo, before the bottom fell out of the band’s popularity. After releasing Two Hearts in 1985, Men at Work broke up, becoming one of the better-remembered phenomenons of new wave.

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