Day 304: Who Can It Be Now?

Song: “Who Can It Be Now?” by Men At Work
Reached #1: October 30, 1982 (their first, 1 week)

Knock knock knock knock

If you remember anything about Men At Work beyond the songs, it’s Colin Hay’s lazy eye – the fact that he seemed to be able to watch the whole room at once.

Hay is actually Scottish by birth – moving to Australia in his teens, he quickly formed a duo with a friend before expanding the project into Men At Work by the late ‘70s.

In early 1982, their first single off Business As Usual started to become a hit in Western Canada – from there, it spread to the rest of North America through the summer, finally reaching #1 on the Hot 100 for Hallowe’en.

The band didn’t last for long – by 1984, they were down to a trio (Hay, original duo partner Ron Strykert, and Greg Ham).  Two years later, Ham left, and the band closed up shop.

Ham and Hay did a reunion tour in 1996, and another one in 1998-2000 (ending at the Sydney Olympics) – and that was it for Men At Work.

Hay has maintained a solo career, as well as performing with Ringo Starr’s All-Starr tours.  Strykert last released an album in 2009.  Ham passed away of unknown causes in 2012.

Tomorrow, the only song ever to hit #1 on Thanksgiving, from Motown’s flagship girl group.

Other songs that reached #1 on October 30:
2004 –
“My Boo” by Usher & Alicia Keys, Beyoncé & JD (his seventh, 6 weeks)
2010 – “Like A G6” by Far*East Movement feat. Cataracts & Dev (their first, 3 weeks)

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