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Men at Work was an Australian reggae-influenced rock band which achieved international success in the 1980s. They are the only Australian artists to reach the Number 1 position in album and singles charts in both the United States and the United Kingdom with Business as Usual and "Down Under" respectively. The group won the 1983 Grammy Award for Best New Artist.
Colin Hay (born 29 June 1953 in Saltcoats, Scotland) migrated to Australia in 1967 with his family. In 1978 he formed a duo with Ron Strykert (born 18 August 1957). The group expanded with the addition of drummer Jerry Speiser and keyboard player Greg Sneddon, although Sneddon soon left, to be replaced by multi-instrumentalist Greg Ham (born 27 September 1953). After a time, the band recruited bass guitarist John Rees and the group was complete.
The band played a regular residency at Melbourne's Cricketers Arms Hotel and built a strong local following. In 1980 they financed a single ("Keypunch Operator') backed by an early version of "Down Under".
In 1981 Columbia Records signed Men at Work to a recording contract. Their first single "Who Can It Be Now?" reached Number 1 on the Australian chart in August 1981. A subsequent single (a re-worked version of "Down Under") and their first album Business as Usual also went to Number 1. The album also debuted at Number 1 in New Zealand.