Down Under, by Men At Work

Last week I wrote about Australia and Waltzing Matilda, today I'm going to continue in the Land Down Under musically talking and write about Men At Work and their biggest hit: Down Under.

As it can be seen in the video, the lyrics talk about the Men At Work band members and how they get out safe from really strange situations after been identified as Australians (one of its perks).

So, by explaining that they "come from a land down under, where women glow and men plunder" they are able to escape from a den in Bombay, they are saved by a mysterious woman (that offers them breakfast), or they are able to "get around" in Belgium.

The original version of the song dates from 1979, but they slightly modified it for the album Business as Usual (1981)... something that later would bring them trouble, as the final version included a flute riff similar to a copyrighted song (Kookaburra) and Men At Work was sued for plagiarism.

Down Under became the most popular song by the band along with Who Can It Be Now?, both included in Business as Usual and both turned into classic songs from the 80s.

Article published on July 28, 2014.
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