Posted by DjPaulT on 23rd January 2013
BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1986
“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”.
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint (generic)
|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|
Side A from the LP “Business As Usual”
Side B from the LP “Two Hearts”
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