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Men At Work – Down Under (Australia 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on January 23rd, 2013

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1986

Side A

“Down Under” (also known as “The Land Down Under”) is a Platinum-certified single recorded by Australian New Wave band Men at Work. It was initially released in October 1981 as the second single from their debut album Business as Usual (1981). The song went to number one in their home country of Australia in December 1981, and then topped the New Zealand charts in February 1982.

Released in North America in mid-1982, the song topped the Canadian charts in October. After initially being ignored in the United States, the song belatedly hit the Billboard Hot 100 in November, finally hitting the top spot (for four weeks) in early 1983. It also enjoyed a lengthy run as the #1 Album Rock Track in the United States. Overall, it was also one of the the three biggest US hits of the year for 1983.

In the UK, the song also topped the charts in January and February 1983, and is – ironically – the only Men at Work song to ever make the UK Top 20. The song also went No. 1 in Ireland, Denmark and Switzerland, and was a top 10 hit in many other territories. It has become a popular and patriotic song in Australia.

Colin Hay told Songfacts: “The chorus is really about the selling of Australia in many ways, the over-development of the country. It was a song about the loss of spirit in that country. It’s really about the plundering of the country by greedy people. It is ultimately about celebrating the country, but not in a nationalistic way and not in a flag-waving sense. It’s really more than that.

In February 2010, Larrikin Music Publishing won a case against the group arising from the uncredited appropriation of “Kookaburra”, originally written in 1934 by Marion Sinclair and for which they owned the publishing rights, as the flute line in “Down Under”. The Australian music-themed TV quiz “Spicks and Specks” had suggested that “Down Under” contained Kookaburra. Larrikin, headed by Norman Lurie (now retired), then filed suit and had demanded between 40 and 60 percent of the previous six years of earnings from the song. In February 2010, the Australian judge ruled that “Down Under” did contain a flute riff based on “Kookaburra” but stipulated that neither was it necessarily the hook nor a substantial part of the hit song (Colin Hay wrote the song years before the flute riff was added by a later member of the band). In July 2010 a judge ruled that Larrikin should be paid 5 percent of past (since 2002) and future profits. After the death of band member Greg Ham on 19 April 2012, many stories reported his disappointment at the ruling and “suggesting that this particular case and the ruling completely destroyed his life”.

The mixes contained on this 12″ were only released to the Australian market to promote the Men At Work compilation “81-85”.

SIDE A:
Down Under (Extended Mix) 5:29
Engineer – Ian MacKenzie*
Mixed By – Greg Ham
Music By – Strykert*
Words By, Music By – Hay*

SIDE B:
Sail To You (Extended Mix) 5:50
Mixed By – François Kevorkian
Producer – Colin HayGreg Ham
Written-By – C. Hay*, G. Ham*, R. Strykert*

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint (generic)

CHARTS:

Year Single Chart Position
1982 Down Under U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #1
1982 Down Under U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks #13
1982 Down Under U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play #33
1982 Down Under U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks #1

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: CBS ‎– BA 12229
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: Australia
Released: 1986
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop
Credits: Mixed At – Platinum Studios, Melbourne (Track A)

NOTES:
Side A from the LP “Business As Usual”
Side B from the LP “Two Hearts”

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

Side B

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
ClickRepair
dBpoweramp
Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

PW: burningtheground

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49 Responses to “Men At Work – Down Under (Australia 12″)”

  1. Drake Says:

    many thanks!
    extended versions of men at work are very rare!!
    you have the 12 of Who can be now? i just have the hot tracks remix in mp3!
    thanks

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Drake. Sorry don’t have “Who Can It Be Now”. I think the “Extended Version” was only released in Canada and Mexico. But from what I know it’s not really an official mix the song just repeats twice lol. The Hot Tracks Mix is pretty good I have it on one of the Hot Tracks The Edge CD’s.

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    Drake Reply:

    Thanks for the info , strange dont have a extended versions , because is one of most famous music of the band!
    In brazilian radio Who can it be now still having strong airplay!

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    Love Reply:

    Drake, if you are talking about this mix

    http://www.discogs.com/Men-At-Work-Who-Can-It-Be-Now/release/1110632 (that’s my copy there)

    it is only edits of the song with parts of it repeated to make it longer plus some overlays of the song part.

    My copy wasn’t in the best shape so my rip is not that good, but you can have a copy of it if you want.

    Hmmm, maybe it’s time to rip it again 🙂

    /Love

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  2. feanor noldorin Says:

    thanks for another great post!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Feanor 🙂

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  3. Djamora Says:

    Thanks, very short Men At Work.

    Did you know Music Love Song with Michele Ward?

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    you’re welcome Djamora. Sorry not familiar with that one 🙂

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  4. Stefano Says:

    Nice! Nice! Wasn’t aware of these extended mixes. The Dutch 12 inch just plays the album version.

    Thanks Paul, again: another great addition to your blog!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Stefano. These are great mixes enjoy!

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  5. The Doctor Says:

    One amusing little anecdote about “Down Under”: When the song started becoming a hit in the U.S., a number of newspapers (including the Tampa Tribune in Florida, where I was living at the time) published a glossary of terms to explain all of the otherwise-incomprehensible (to Americans) Aussie slang used in the lyrics. 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Funny I never had problems understanding the slang. Maybe from being an ONJ fan for so long 🙂

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    The Doctor Reply:

    When did Olivia Newton-John ever use terms like “chunder” and “fried-out Kombi” in any of her songs? 😀

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I never said she used it in her songs but I have heard Aussie slang just from being a fan of hers and having some Aussie friends.

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    The Doctor Reply:

    Ahhhh, fair enough then. And here I was sitting here wondering if I’d missed a really interesting album of hers… 😀

    At the time this song was a hit, I was just starting high school, so I hadn’t yet had the chance to travel to Australia or really met anyone from there… and of course, back in those dark pre-internet days, when CompuServe was twenty bucks an hour and a 1200-baud modem was a fabled Holy Grail that few people could afford, you couldn’t just hang out in online chatrooms or look this stuff up on Google, so I expect Aussie slang was a lot more mysteriously impenetrable to people back then. 😉

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I lived in Oklahoma City when I was a teen and my dad was in the Air Force. I was lucky enough to have some friends that went to my school that were Aussie transplants and they tought me some Aussie slang and they like me because I loved Olivia 🙂

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  6. Jermajesty Says:

    Was only listening to this last month, and reading up about what had happened to the band.

    So sad about the flautist. A good article here:

    http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/music/how-the-song-turned-sour-for-a-beautiful-man-20120419-1xa5w.html

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thanks for the article Jermajesty!

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  7. RA Feutz Says:

    Thanks for this rare one Paul! As for what *the Doctor8, said above, I too had seen this at the time. The local radio station (94 WKTI – Milwaukee), read from a printed piece in a news column to decipher Australian lingo. 😉

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome RA Feutz 🙂

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  8. Love Says:

    Thanks!

    Men At Work is a long time favourite of mine.

    I think these mixes made it to the 1992 The Works compilation btw. Will know for sure when I’ve listened to them 🙂

    The original version of Down Under was on the b-side of Key Punch Operator. A very different arrangement 🙂

    /Love

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    Love Reply:

    Just checked and The Works is the above mentioned compilation: The Works 1981-1985. Ooops! My bad 🙂

    /Love

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    Love Reply:

    Wow! Your rips sound much better than the CD-versions. More punch in the bass among other things.

    Great job!!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Love! 🙂

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  9. Gene Savage Says:

    Man oh MAN, Paul, you have been hitting them out of the PARK lately, and this is no exception… what a find!!! I can’t thank you enough for all your efforts to find and preserve these wonderful remixes. I can’t wait to hear this version!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Gene. I remember when you came over last summer I believe and we talked about these mixes. I sure hope that you enjoy what you hear 🙂

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  10. Terry W. Says:

    WOW Paul! I can’t believe how great these vinyl rips sound. I am surprised that nobody has mentioned it. As a fellow vinyl ripper I know the kind of work that goes into archiving vinyl. Many, many hours of tedious work. I just sent you a donation just to say thank you for all that you do. Peace brother.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Terry W. I appreciate your comment and your support for BTG 🙂

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  11. Giorgio-Greece Says:

    one of my all time favorites!!!!!!!!!

    love u dj!!!!!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Giorgio!! 🙂

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  12. Daniel Best Says:

    Now THAT’S a find! I live in Australia and I’ve never seen this puppy. The thought of Kevorkian remixing Colin Hay makes my mind boggle. Well done mate, keep ’em coming!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Daniel Best. This one was not easy to get a hold of. I actually bought it from an online record shop in OZ.

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  13. Sandbird Says:

    All the extended mixes of Men At Work exists on CD, including these mixes, but let’s hear Paul mastering 🙂

    Thanks for uploading!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Sandbird. I’m to the point I don’t care if it has been on CD because the labels do such a poor job of mastering. I am also pretty sure that the “81-85” CD is out of print and was only released in Australi so very hard to find for most.

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    Drake Reply:

    Correct Paul! I have down under in a 4 set cd colection called maxi singles 70 , 80 , 90s , and the remaster is very poor! The music lack in “Punch” and have many imperfections!
    Your remaster is perfect!!
    congratulations !

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Drake appreciate your comment 🙂

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  14. ric Says:

    AH! My #12 Song for 1981!!!
    Like Love mentioned, the original version of Down Under is totally different, slowed down and reggae-fied.
    I didn’t know about this remix till much later, when I was in Australia and found the 12″ in a 2nd hand shop. Was very excited that to find a remix for this classic. And thanks Paul for bringing it the sonic brilliance here!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Ric 🙂

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  15. george e. Says:

    Master-Paul, I’m really impressed by this post (never knew this even existed). I love this version and your rip is top-quality (as always). Another pleasant surprise from unique BTG. Cheers!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you George E. 🙂

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  16. partytimeboy Says:

    Got this remix on a mexican CD greatest hits compilation. But your vinyl rip sound way better than the CD I have. As always, thanks a lot DjPaulT for all the time invested cleaning ripping and uploading all these great maxi singles you share in your website.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Partytimeboy 🙂

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  17. JohanErikson Says:

    Many thanks! Like several other posters here, I didn´t even know this one existed!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re very welcome JohanErikson 🙂

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  18. Jason63 Says:

    Thanks Paul. Had this one copied onto a cassette from the compilation mentioned above.

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  19. Matt Says:

    Many thanks for this one. I had no idea there were any MAW 12″s.

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  20. maximo santana Says:

    muchas gracias por compartir tu musica

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  21. Conner Says:

    Thank you!!!!!!

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  22. John Daniels Says:

    never ceases to amaze me of the generosity of music enthusiasts to share, thanks people, it’s really appreciated

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