Men down under become international, record-setting sensations

On Nov. 13, 1982, the Australian new wave band, Men at Work, began a 15-week reign at #1 on the US album charts with their debut LP, Business as Usual. The feat broke the American record for most weeks at #1 for a debut album.

Men at Work were a huge success in their home land, but American record executives considered the band to be an imitation of The Police (Colin Hay’s vocals were Sting-like) and not a good match for US audiences. Unable to get their music released in the US, the band got its foothold in North America through sales (and radio airplay) of their single “Who Can It Be Now” in western Canada. The single created buzz that spread across the US. Their humorous music videos on MTV also added to the band’s appeal.

By the autumn of 1982, Men at Work were an international sensation and Business as Usual sold 30 million copies worldwide. The band received a Grammy for Best New Artist at the 1983 ceremony.

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