Formed in Melbourne, Australia, in 1979, by singer Colin Hay (29 June 1953, Scotland - emigrated to Australia aged 14) and guitarist Ron Strykert (b. 18 August 1957, Australia), initially as an acoustic duo. With the later addition of Greg Ham (b. 27 September 1953, Australia), John Rees (bass) and Jerry Speiser (drums), Men At Work performed for two years in small, inner-suburban pubs before being discovered and signed by CBS Records executive Peter Karpin. In 1981, the first single, Who Can It Be Now?, was an enormous Australian hit, soon followed by Down Under and Business As Usual. The bands success surprised and infuriated home critics, who had written them off as derivative and insipid. Blessed with three songwriters and supported by videos which showcased the bands sense of humour, and with added exposure as a support act to Fleetwood Mac, Men At Work were able to achieve two US number 1 hits in 1982 with Who Can It...
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