Men At Work were a five piece Australian band from Melbourne who came to prominence in the Eighties. The lineup of the band during its years of fame featured Colin Hay (vocals, rhythm guitar), Ron Strykert (lead guitar, bass, vocals), Jerry Speiser (drums, percussion, backing vocals), Greg Ham (keyboards, vocals, saxophone, harmonica, flute) and John Rees (bass, backing vocals). However, from 1985 onwards, the band would suffer a number of lineup changes - 16 other musicians were members of the band, with Hay and Ham the only constants.
They are best known for their hit "Down Under", which is better known overseas than the Australian national anthem is.
Men At Work contains examples of the following tropes:
- Caps Lock, Num Lock, Missiles Lock: Toward the end of the music video for "It's a Mistake", some military officer has an ashtray sitting on the control console right next to a Big Red Button, which he unwittingly presses while fumbling around.
- Epic Instrumental Opener: "Overkill"
- Large Ham: Colin Hay. Just watch the clips for "Who Can It Be Now?" or "Overkill". Or his appearances on Scrubs.
- Line-of-Sight Name: The band managed to book their first gig without even having a name yet. When they were pressed for one, they took inspiration from a sign out the front of the pub - which was being renovated at the time.
- Protest Song: "It's A Mistake", and "Down Under" (see under Misaimed Fandom).
- Revolving Door Band: Between 1979 and 2012 (including ten years of being entirely broken up), the band had a total of 22 different members. Only Hay and Ham (until Ham's death in 2012) featured in all of them.
- Stock Rhymes: averted by "Down Under". No one else has ever rhymed "chunder" with either plunder or thunder. (Note for non-Aussies: to chunder means to vomit.)