Who Can It Be Now? – Men At Work

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………….on October 30th of 1982 Melbourne, Australia’s Men At Work had the number one song in the US with “Who Can It Be Now?”. They would follow with three more Top 10 hits, “Down Under” (#1), “Overkill” (#3) and “It’s A Mistake” (#6). Formed in 1978, their founding mainstay was Colin Hay on lead vocals; he formed the group with Jerry Speiser on drums and Ron Strykert on lead guitar. They were joined by Greg Ham on flute, saxophone, and keyboards and John Rees on bass guitar. This line-up achieved national and international success in the early 1980s. In January 1983, they were the first Australian artists to have a simultaneous No. 1 album and No. 1 single in the United States Billboard charts – Business as Usual (released on 9 November 1981) and “Down Under” (1981), respectively. With the same works, they achieved the same distinction of a simultaneous No. 1 album and No. 1 single on the Australian, New Zealand and United Kingdom charts. Their second album, Cargo (2 May 1983) was also No. 1 in Australia, No. 2 in New Zealand, No. 3 in the US, and No. 8 in the UK. Their third album, Two Hearts (3 April 1985), reached the top 20 in Australia and top 50 in the US. Written by Colin Hay “Who Can It Be Now?” was first released as a single in Australia in June 1981, prior to the recording of their 1981 debut album Business as Usual, on which the track was later included. As one of Men at Work’s biggest hits, it was featured on their later compilation albums, and a live version can be found on Brazil. The song remains a popular symbol of new wave music and has been featured on numerous 1980s compilations. The band performed both this song and “Down Under” live on Saturday Night Live on 23 October 1982. Though the song reached #1 in the US it struggled in the UK eventually topping off at #45.