Interview with Colin Hay & Greg Ham of Men At Work for the “Long Way To The Top” DVD (2001)


I was playing acoustic guitar with just acoustics and I met Ron Stryker the guitarist of men at work and he was very inspirational and and we worked together for about a year before the men at work band formed and we worked at the cricketers Arms Hotel as a jewel and that was great it was a great time for me the cricketers arms gave us an opportunity to play every week regardless of whatever else was on offer it gave us a place to go and to bring people to and it was a real personal little gig so people sort of treat it as their own special little secret you know and it’s like come down at the creek his arms and see these bands so it’s a free good free gig it was a small venue so even if we only had 50 or 60 people there it was packed when we put 150 people in there they were hanging from the rafters I guess the other side of the crib his arms was that that because we were on the ground level and people were literally standing right in front of you you knew whether what you’re doing was working or not you can see whether you’d got their attention or whether I just gone off into an alcoholic haze and yeah the end of my saxophone got used as as an ashtray I had a an empty can of beer shoved down the end of it I had people talking into the end of the saxophone I don’t know who they’ve got a doggy do it it was really only one label that were interested in the end which was CBS which you know was fortuitous for us because they they did have they were a big label and they did get you know released in different parts of the world and and the or Peter Cartman signed us and everything was quite synchronistic in a sense there was an American producer in town and in Sydney and it was experimental at the same time it wasn’t like they really thought oh this band is going to be huge or anything but I think that there was a certainly from Peter McKeon’s point of view as an American record producer he felt he thought he really had something that he could that he could mold in a sense because he had and he had good songs and he had you know an interesting voice my voice and the is instrumentation also great playing saxophone and flute there was a lot of elements in the band that he could that he could work with and indeed did work with and you know it proved right it proved it proved that there was a sound that that connected with many different may different people in different parts of the world didn’t really matter whether they spoke English or not indeed in South American countries and you know a lot of European countries you know picked up on the band you know long before the Americans did the first single was actually who could it be now actually got released overseas with no we’re almost without our knowledge in fact who could have been out that released in places like France in Israel Israel was the first country I think outside Australia we had a number one yeah and this was previous to the album so and these were not things that it was just like a random thing that the CBS affiliate in that country somebody heard and we thought this is great they’d put it on so and that was a there was a very sort of positive thing for us because we thought well you know that’s it’s got its own life here there is something to this that that is not just here Australia or it’s not just the record company making it all happened it happened in its it had a life of its own so so who can apply now had already gone out there and done some stuff before we only did the record for within the album and and then once the album was cut came out and really it was here in Australia that it and obviously down under and so on became very successful you know we got a lot of breaks but at the same time we had a lot of things to offer and we had a lot of things a lot of obstacles that were pretty nowhere that we that we overcame all along the way you know right from the start right from the start of people you know in our home town going you know this this band or not not going to happen you know and I mean I think one of the reasons why a lot of people did fuel that was because that we pretty much run our own race

Who Can It Be Now? – Men At Work (’40s Jazz Cover) ft. Sara Niemietz


Who can it be knocking at my door? Go away Don’t come ’round here no more Can’t you see that it’s late at night? I’m very tired and I’m not feeling right All I wish is to be alone Stay away Don’t you invade my home Best off if you hang outside Don’t come in I’ll only run and hide Who can it be now? Who can it be now? Who can it be now? Ohh, who can it be now? …can it be knocking at my door? Make no sound Tiptoe across the floor If he hears me he’ll knock all day I’ll be trapped and here I’ll have to stay I’ve done no harm I keep to myself There’s nothing wrong with my state of mental health I like it here with my childhood friend Here they come Those feelings again Who can it be now? Oh, who can it be now? Who can it be now? I said, who can it be now? Is it the men come to take me away? Why do they follow me? It’s not the future that I can see It’s just my fantasy ohhh Who can it be now? Ohhh, who can it be now? Oh, who can it be now? Who can it be now? I said Ohhhhhhhh woah ohhhhh Ohhhhhhhh woah ohhhhh Who can it… …who can it… Ohhh, tell me, who can it be now? Who can it be knocking at my door?

MEN AT WORK – DOWN UNDER (Metal Cover)


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? Can’t you hear, can’t you hear the thunder? You better run, you better take cover 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 Can’t you hear, can’t you hear the thunder? You better run, you better take cover Lyin’ in a den in Bombay With a slack jaw, and not much to say I said to the man, “Are you trying to tempt me Because I come from the land of plenty?” And he said Do you come from a land down under? Where women glow and men plunder? Can’t you hear, can’t you hear the thunder? You better run, you better take cover Living in a land down under Where women glow and men plunder Can’t you hear, can’t you hear the thunder? You better run, you better take cover Living in a land down under Where women glow and men plunder Can’t you hear, can’t you hear the thunder? You better run, you better take cover