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LISA LISA
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This is my favorite song they ever did:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lcu7OCIqlqE

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Great song.

Have you heard the Acoustic version?

Colin Hay is an amazing song-writer, and a very funny man. I went to see him in January, and this song was the highlight, possibly due to its inclusion in an episode of Scrubs.

Colin Hay - Scrubs

Most people don't realise(or care [Big Grin] ) that he was born in Scotland, and only emigrated to Australia when he was 14.

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I always thought this was their best song too. Might not have been as 'radio friendly' as Down Under or Who Can It Be Now but just a better all-around song.
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i always liked the song but it was never my favorite. that is, until i watched an episode of the tv show "scrubs" and they had colin playing this song acoustically in the beginning of the show on one episode and i don't know why but i loved it and now i think its one of my favorite MAW songs.

after i typed this out i saw that scrubs was already mentioned. but that is the reason why i love this song.

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down under was my fave from men at work that's about it though!
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I gave him a bit of my sandwich...

Top marks for getting that into a song!! [Big Grin]

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It's a keeper, nice to have one of those kind of introspective and vulnerable songs smack dab in the 80's me generation.
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My favorite by them! I freakin' love this song!
They have so many good ones for me.

It's a Mistake - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gArUEEE1OF8&feature=related
Dr. Heckyll and Mr. Jive - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wpg8FUyq4E
Be Good Johnny - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tj9SDJ5SGTM
Underground - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBUSDBgxecI
I Can See It In Your Eyes - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIfOCqctbfk
High Wire - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vlSPRtZpQg

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Love it. One of my all time favorite songs ever (which is saying a lot) is: Colin Hay - Waiting For My Real Life to Begin):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4tcRlHY-3Q

Absolutely amazing

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Devolution here,

I was more a "It's a Mistake" person, but I did play the acoustic version of Overkill at my wedding.

We are DEVO

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Nostalgic for the '80's
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I'm a huge "Men at Work" fan - I had their albums on vinyl & cassette back in the day. To me, their music is quintissential '80's, but at the same time it's also somewhat timeless.

"Overkill" is possibly my favorite MAW song, too - it's very deep/thoughtful. And, I actually appreciate & can relate to the song a lot more as I've gotten older - much more than I did when I first heard it as a teen.

"Down Under" is obviously a brilliant song as well - though I've never been to Australia, apparently this really captures the whole feeling of being an Australian - the fact that it became a world-wide pop/rock '80's hit shows that the song really touched a lot of people - many of whom (like me) had probably never set foot in that country. The song is also the first time I heard the expression "Chunder" and the food/spread "Vegemite" - LOL.

I even had "Two Hearts" (1985) on cassette, even though this was their last, little known album. Here are some songs/videos from "Two Hearts" - this album was so obscure that a lot of fans didn't even know MAW had a third album. I liked the songs/album, but the sound was somewhat different from their first two, much more popular albums.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUo5Mfzr7bY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-2hSBczzmQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-q_1XDMuQ8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tBvqnPC8u0

These days, I only have "Cargo" and "Business as Usual" on CD. "Two Hearts" on CD is quite expensive - it's OOP, and probably was hard to find even when it came out.

[ 11. February 2017, 09:12: Message edited by: Nostalgic for the '80's ]

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They were sued for 'Down Under' by an Australian company that bought the rights to an Aussie folk song. The 'flutey' bit is from a classic tune (Kookaburra something). They lost the case (the band).
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I have Overkill on a 7" single (above), great track I would put it as one of my Men At Work faves along with from the one's that I have heard Who Can It Be Now and Underground which are both from there Buissness As Usual album.

Talking of there album Buissness As Usual it's being reissued here in the UK on 180g Vinyl next month - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Business-As-Usual-180-vinyl/dp/B01N4R9WFX/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1487022420&sr=8-2&keywords=men+at+work+business+as+usual

My MAW faves -

https://youtu.be/RY7S6EgSlCI - Overkill

https://youtu.be/SECVGN4Bsgg - Who Can It Be Now

https://youtu.be/J_mWrX4NX0s - Underground

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