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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 1982
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000025R3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,615 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Men At Work ~ Business As Usual

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Helped immeasurably by the heavy rotation with which its clever videos were greeted by the then brand-new MTV network, the Australian group Men at Work were one of the biggest--and least anticipated--success stories of 1982. On the strength of two No. 1 singles, the sax-driven "Who Can It Be Now" and the geocentric "Down Under," the band's debut album spent an astonishing 15 weeks at the top of the charts. Bandleader Colin Hay's Sting-like, reggae-influenced singing was welcomed by the emerging video music generation--even if they had no idea what a "Vegemite" sandwich was. --Billy Altman

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All songs are good.
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In my opinion, this is the GREATEST ALBUM OF ALL TIME.
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This cd brought back memories.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ian Johnston on December 16, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I'd just like to say that Business As Usual was one of the formative influences in my life when I was growing up. I loved Men at Work then and still do. This album never fails to conjure up the nostalgia for my early adolescence with great tunes, quirky lyrics, and Colin Hay's incredible vocals. Overall, it's a tremendous album, which deserves much respect.
Naturally, then, I was excited to see it remastered with bonus tracks from the band's "Golden Era", and snatched up a copy right away. The new remastering is excellent and it is superior in sound quality in many ways to the original CD that has occupied my player for so long. The liner notes are helpful and give a nice retrospective for fans of the band, along with a lot of unique pix of the lads.
Which brings me to the extra stuff. The bonus cuts are a very cool and welcome addition. I loved Crazy and F-19 (an experimental ditty if there ever was one), but was frankly puzzled by the addition of the live tracks from the "Brazil" album. Why? I was hoping to get live performances from the "Business as Usual" era, but was instead confronted with two tracks that I already have on another disc! This was somewhat disappointing to me. Why not include live performances from 1981 or thereabouts instead of the reunion concert tracks? Another glaring omission is the b-side "Anyone for Tennis?" which should be on this disc but is sorely lacking.
All that aside, the two 1980s-era b-sides and the remastering make this a must-have for any MAW fan. Enjoy!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 3, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Nineteen years after buying the original "Business as Usual" on cassette (and wearing it out years ago), my CD arrived today. I hadn't heard some of these songs for years; "People Just Love To Play With Words" and "I Can See It In Your Eyes" are particular gems that I've rediscovered like some momento lost in my attic. The track listing is awesome; can anyone name a better album closer than "Down By The Sea"? Outstanding. "Business" is as competitive and fresh as it was in 1982. For an '80's album, it does not sound dated (thanks in large part to the use of REAL drums at a time when machines were par for the course!). I will always regard Jerry Speiser as one of the better and more innovative drummers in rock and roll. Colin Hay's voice is timeless. The lyrics are intelligent (if not sometimes odd). Excellent musicianship and crafty songwriting make for a remarkable album.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M J Heilbron Jr. VINE VOICE on March 29, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The phenomenal ascent of Men At Work had to be seen to be believed. I was present at their Universal Amphitheater concert during one of the first weeks this album was number one, and I saw a group of guys completely taken aback, but genuinely appreciative towards our applause and enthusiasm.
In retrospect, their first album is world-class pop music. It had a definable, unique sound...borrowed from a few sources, sure, but gelling into a wholly original package. The singles were marvelous radio singalongs, but the rest of the album has variety, depth and some impressive musicianship!
The remastering has resulted in the crisp sonic reproduction of a sound that will take you back twenty years, in the time span of a sax break. If the name "Men At Work" gives you any sort of fond recollections, this will be a most worthwhile purchase.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "chickenbone67" on January 25, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Although the bands popularity has faded through the years, this album is an icon of the 80's. Known for its chart topping songs, the album also boasts 8 other very good songs, such as "Be Good Johnny", "Catch A Star" and "Down By The Sea". This is one of those albums you can put in your CD player and just let it play the whole way through. Most bands like to have a consistant sound, through instuments. This band uses it's vocals from lead singer Colin Hay. The instumentation varies throughout the entire album so it doesn't put in a "trance" with the same old sound. If you like musical variety with great vocals, then this is a MUST HAVE for your CD collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By StatMan89 on August 18, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I give this five stars for the performance--I still enjoy listening to MAW after more than 25 years. The original band had great chemistry and "Down Under" has joined "Waltzing Matilda" as an unofficial Australian national anthem. I give the programming 3 1/2 due to the omission of the B-side "Anyone for Tennis" (I had to rip it from my old 45--check it out on YouTube) and the inclusion of live tracks from the still available "Brazil" album. Contemporaneous live tracks would have been much more enjoyable, and there were a few live songs that never made it to record.

Contrary to the notes, "F 19" was released in the US--just barely. It was originally the B-side of "Be Good Johnny," the band's third single for CBS Australia. That single was never released in the US, but "F 19" finally appeared stateside in 1983 on a 12" with "It's a Mistake" and a remix of "Who Can It Be Now?" I know because I have one. Justice was done here, because "F 19" was a staple of MAW's stage act and is easily their best instrumental.

And whoever mastered this overmodulated it to hell--it just about blew me out of my chair when I first played it. Once I ran it through an MP3 editor and cut the gain a bit, it was fine.
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