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With the same works, they achieved the distinction of a simultaneous No. Their second album Cargo 2 May was also No. In May , "Down Under" was listed at No. The group disbanded in and reformed in to disband again by On 19 April , Greg Ham was found dead at his home from an apparent heart attack. The nucleus of Men at Work formed in Melbourne in with Colin Hay on lead vocals; Jerry Speiser on drums; and Ron Strykert on lead guitar; they were soon joined by Greg Ham on flute and keyboards; and then John Rees on bass guitar.
The band's first experience in the recording studio was recording the music to Riff Raff , a low-budget stage musical on which Sneddon had worked. Sneddon left and was replaced in late by Ham, and when Rees joined they adopted the name Men at Work from a construction zone sign near an early venue, The Cricketer's Arms Hotel, Richmond. From what I saw of them they were perhaps a little bit boring but quite competent and probably deserving of more notice". Their next single was a re-worked version of "Down Under", Ham added an improvised flute solo,  and the group had revisited its tempo and arrangement with McIan.
It appeared in October that year and reached No. There is a delicacy about this music — and that is not a thing you can say about too many rock groups.
The flute and reeds of Greg Ham do much to further that". The production sound was low-key, but clean and uncluttered. Indeed, the songs stood by themselves with little embellishment save for a bright, melodic, singalong quality". It peaked at No. It entered the US charts at No. The band released their second album, Cargo , in April , which also peaked at No. Cargo appeared at No. The lead single, " Overkill ", was issued in Australia ahead of the album in October and reached No. Jive " followed in March made it to No. During the band took a break as members pursued other interests.
Upon reconvening later that year, tensions during rehearsals between Hay and Speiser over songwriting and the band's management led to a split in the band.
Rodrigo Aravena was brought in on bass in , along with Heta Moses on drums. Moses was replaced by Warren Trout in as Stephen Hadley returned on bass. One of their European tours for mid was cancelled and the group had disbanded by , although Hay and Ham periodically reunited Men at Work with guest musicians including an appearance in February , when they performed "Down Under" as a duo at the Australia Unites Victorian Bushfire Appeal Telethon. Strykert relocated to Hobart in from Los Angeles, and continued to play music and released his first solo album, Paradise , in September that year.
Ham remained musically active and played sax with the Melbourne-based group The Nudist Funk Orchestra until his death.
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Rees was a music teacher in Melbourne and also played the violin and bass guitar for the band Beggs 2 Differ. My other favs on here include "Be Good Johnny" and "Overkill". Even though the '80s weren't the best of times for me personally, there was some great music that seemed enjoyable. Men At Work were just reminders of what great music they provided during the eighties.
If the ten songs in this collection are enough for you, then go for it. One person found this helpful. I like this CD because it has the major hits, however the songs that aren't hits are fillers, so it's good that the CD doesn't have more songs since it would mean more fillers. But it collects the hits in a short CD. Only a few good songs. But for the price its ok. These great songs still hold up today! If you like these guys in the '80s, you'll love this collection.
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