“Down Under” by Men At Work – 1983

This week Detroit artist Sean Nader calls in to the studio to talk about flutes, koalas, and the 1983 number one hit “Down Under” by Men at Work. With its catchy chorus and wacky video, this song quickly became a patriotic anthem near and dear to the people of Australia. When a 2002 lawsuit claimed that the melody was borrowed from a classic children’s song, the outcome divided the nation between Men at Work fans and everybody else.
What’s up with Colin Hay’s wonky eye? What are some useful slang term to use when buying bread from a man in Brussels? Who would win in a fight between AC/DC and Men At Work? All these questions and more will be answered on this episode of Single File.

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This week Detroit artist Sean Nader calls in to the studio to talk about flutes, koalas, and the 1983 number one hit “Down Under” by Men at Work. With its catchy chorus and wacky video, this song quickly became a patriotic anthem near and dear to the people of Australia.

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4 thoughts on ““Down Under” by Men At Work – 1983”

  1. okay, you educated me, and I thank you. For as many years as this song has existed, I have heard the line “lying in a pen in bombay” and thought that it was about being in prison. Thanks to your synopsis/review, the video (and song) makes more sense now. “dying in a den in bombay” opium den..damn I wish I had partaken more in drugs in my youth. Music would be so much more open to me. You are doing a valuable service and I appreciate you.

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