1983 — “Down Under” reaches #1 on the UK charts

It’s probably a better-beloved ‘national anthem’ than “Advance Australia Fair”, and one of the best-selling Australian songs ever. Too bad that there was that rather unpleasant plagiarism case regarding the great similarity between the flute part in this song and the one in ‘Kookaburra’.

And for that matter, it’s a pity that the best known song of Men At Work, co-written by lead singer Colin Hay and lead guitar Ron Strykert (who were also the founding members of the band), is so widely misunderstood. It’s not actually a patriotic song – it’s more about the selling out of Australia, and if it is a celebration, it’s a celebration of Australian culture rather than of nationalism.

Referenced in:

Bug Powder Dust — Bomb The Bass

Men At Work (1990)


Tracks not on Soundtrack:

  1. Wear You to the Ball — UB40
  2. Super Cool — Sly and Robbie
  3. Big Pink House — Tyrants in Therapy
  4. Feeling Good — Pressure Deep
  5. Back to Back — Blood Brothers
  6. Take Heed — Black Uhuru
  7. Here and Beyond — Sly and Robbie
  8. Truthful — Blood Brothers
  9. Reggae Ambassador — Third World
  10. Give a Little Love — Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
  11. Playas Dawn — Stewart Copeland
  12. Pink Panther No. 23 — Stewart Copeland

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