Reasons #198 & #197: Business As Usual and Cargo
From the “Weird and Poppy” files comes this double shot from Australia. The ’80’s was a bizarre and wonderful time for pop music; a time when songs about Vegemite sandwiches sung by a cock-eyed Aussie could reach #1 all over the world and nobody blinked an eye. Here, take a peek at some couplets from Down Under:
Traveling in a fried-out combie
On a hippie trail, head full of zombie
I met a strange lady, she made me nervous
She took me in and gave me breakfast
And she said
Do you come from a land down under?
Where women glow and men plunder?
Buying bread from a man in Brussels
He was six-foot-four and full of muscles
I said, “Do you speak-a my language?”
He just smiled and gave me a Vegemite sandwich
And he said
I come from a land down under
Where beer does flow and men chunder
The music is perfect, though, truly a great pop song. Others are just as worthy, too: Be Good Johnny and Who Can It Be Now with an indelible sax riff that will stay in your head for weeks. Cool cover, too.
The follow up, Cargo, was always going to pale in comparison, and it does, but only slightly. It’s A Mistake was the really big hit, and it’s a doozy, a really terrific little earworm. Overkill and opener Dr Heckyll and Mr Jive are the other two that I remember the most, and listening again I have to say I might even prefer this album overall to the debut. It’s a tad more eclectic (which is really saying something with these guys), and maybe even a little more…serious?
Anyway, the world was a better place with Men At Work in it, and it still is.