Business as Usual

Business as Usual

Business as Usual is the debut album of Australian band Men at Work, released in December 1981 in Australia and August 1982 in the US. The Australian release of the album included a black and white cover design, whereas overseas releases had the same design but in a yellow and black color scheme.

Business as Usual was one of the most successful albums internationally by an Australian group. It spent an unprecedented 15 weeks at #1 on the American album charts from late 1982 to early 1983 and five weeks at #1 in the UK in early 1983. In Australia, it spent nine weeks at the top of the album charts from December 1981 through March 1982. Business as Usual was one of the most commercially successful albums in the early 1980s, with 6 million copies sold in the US and 15 million sold worldwide.

The song, "Who Can It Be Now?" was first released as a single in Australia in June 1981, prior to the recording of the rest of the album. The single peaked at #2 on the Australian singles chart in August that year.

Track listing

  1. "Who Can It Be Now?" (Hay) – 3:25
  2. "I Can See It in Your Eyes" (Hay) – 3:32
  3. "Down Under" (Hay, Strykert) – 3:45
  4. "Underground" (Hay) – 3:07
  5. "Helpless Automaton" (Ham) – 3:23
  6. "People Just Love to Play With Words" (Strykert) – 3:33
  7. "Be Good Johnny" (Ham, Hay) – 3:39
  8. "Touching the Untouchables" (Hay, Strykert) – 3:41
  9. "Catch a Star" (Hay) – 3:31
  10. "Down by the Sea" (Hay, Strykert, Ham, Speiser) – 6:53

Re-Mastered Bonus Tracks

  1. "Crazy (Non LP B-Side)"
  2. "Underground (Live)"
  3. "Who Can It Be Now? (Live)"
  4. "F-19 (Non LP B-Side)"



  • Producer: Peter McIan
  • Engineers: Jim Barbour, Peter McIan, Paul Ray
  • Cover Illustration: Jon "JD" Dickson



Year Chart Position
1981 Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart 1
1982 Billboard 200 1
1983 Black Albums 29


Year Single Chart Position
1982 "Who Can It Be Now?/Down Under" Club Play Singles 33
1982 "Who Can It Be Now?" Mainstream Rock 46
1982 "Who Can It Be Now?" Pop Singles 1
1983 "Be Good Johnny" Mainstream Rock 3
1983 "Down Under" Adult Contemporary 13
1983 "Down Under" Pop Singles 1
1983 "Underground" Mainstream Rock 20
1983 "Down Under" Mainstream Rock 1

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