Apr 1, 2019
Episode 79: Men At Work - Business As Usual (1982) Part 3
After an unexpected delay, Brian and Sarah are finally back to finish their discussion on Men At Work's debut album, Business As Usual. They had many positive things to say about the songs on Side One, but will that be the case for Side Two as well?
Part 3 - Track by Track, Continued
There's only one single on Side Two, and it has yet another low-budget but entertaining video. It also has some interesting release/chart history, as Sarah explains. So does that mean the other songs on Side Two are just album filler? Our two hosts debate that as they go through the track listing. There's also a lot of educational information in this section of the episode. Sarah gives a brief account of the Hindu caste system and also explains the history of and differences between ska and reggae music. Brian shares some anecdotes about the relationship between Ron Strykert and Colin Hay over the years, and he also tells a story about a rather inept British merchant sailor.
People Just Love to Play with Words
Be Good Johnny
Touching the Untouchables
Catch a Star
Down by the Sea
Part 4 - Extra Credit
After Part Two of the Business As Usual podcast was released, our hosts heard from Australian friend of the show Terry Kemp, who shared some insight on what he thought the song "Underground" was really about. Brian did some digging (pun intended) and learned some disturbing facts about the asbestos mining industry in Australia, which he shares in this segment.
Part 5 - Final Review and Rating
It's often not too difficult to guess how Brian and Sarah are going to end up rating an album; however, Business as Usual probably doesn't fall in that category. While both hosts seemed to love all of Side One, the discussion of Side Two elicited more critical comments, especially from one of the hosts. But how low do they go with their ratings? You'll have to listen to the end to find out!
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