Did You Know: Men at Work’s “Down Under”


colin hay of men at work Did You Know: Men at Works Down Under

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Be listening for [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Men at Work[/lastfm]’s “Down Under” on ‘Tickets @ 2’ for K-Eart, Wind, & Fire tickets.


The lyrics were written by lead singer Colin Hay who told us: “The chorus is really about the selling of Australia in many ways, the over-development of the country.”

The line: “Fried out Kombi,” refers to a broken-down van. It came from the VW Kombivan which was very popular in the ’60s and early ’70s, especially with surfers and hippies.

A Vegemite Sandwich is made from fermented yeast spread that is pretty much a national institution in Australia. Some people can’t start the day without a piece of toast spread with Vegemite.

In 2009, the music publishing company that owns the rights to the Australian children’s song “Kookaburra’s” written in 1932 by a music teacher named Marion Sinclair, said that the flute riff in “Down Under” copied the children’s classic. The publishers sued and won.

Colin Hay by the way as you may know has toured with Ringo Starr and his All Star Band.

Be caller # 8 at 1-800-232-KRTH (5784) when we play it between two and three and you’ll win those coveted K-Earth, Wind, & Fire tickets!


One Comment

  1. RainbowRay says:

    Great group! Remember them well fromt he 80’s. I still have a few of their singles.


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