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Men at Work — It's a Mistake
Album: Super Hits
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Released: 1985
Length: 4:25
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 jjbix wrote:
It was sort of cute 15 years ago . . . now it's just trite.
 
15 years ago?  Try 25 years ago...  Crap, I'm getting old.

We were pummeled with this song on the radio in the 80s.  Some MaW stuff isn't bad, but this...eh...  {#No}
 More_Cowbell wrote:
It was a mistake to upload this song to RP.
 
Hey! I resemble that remark.
Offense taken! {#Mrgreen}
 chirpie wrote:
I like the content of the song, (lyrics) but the actual execution of it is very of it's time. My guess is if you weren't there the first time around it might not appeal to much to a person just hearing it now.

 
I still like it.

I like the content of the song, (lyrics) but the actual execution of it is very of it's time. My guess is if you weren't there the first time around it might not appeal to much to a person just hearing it now.

andrewimft wrote:
Considering it's a timeless song about a nuclear accident by great musicians I'd say it transcends the oldie genre into aomething more special, as are a good CD's worth of their smart tuneful songs.
Great musicians had a nuclear accident? I totally missed that one in the papers. Please give details.
andrewimft wrote:
Considering it's a timeless song about a nuclear accident by great musicians I'd say it transcends the oldie genre into aomething more special, as are a good CD's worth of their smart tuneful songs.
Brilliant!
YUK, please make it stop
I always loved this song... always made me a little sad though... I wish so many people could come out and say those three little words...
Colin Hays and the Men at Work gang...great song writing and brings back fond memories. These will always be timeless classics in my book. Trite...never!
I don't think this one aged very well. Other Men at Work songs will be great forever, but this one is nothing special.
jjbix wrote:
It was sort of cute 15 years ago . . . now it's just trite.
Considering it's a timeless song about a nuclear accident by great musicians I'd say it transcends the oldie genre into aomething more special, as are a good CD's worth of their smart tuneful songs.
It was sort of cute 15 years ago . . . now it's just trite. breakloose wrote:
Men at Work... Another great Aussie export to the world!
Men at Work... Another great Aussie export to the world!
It was a mistake to upload this song to RP.
All Colin. I gotta think there's about 4 or 5 guys thanking God every royalty check day for having been the spare part in the right place at the right time.
steve_san_carlos wrote:
Right now I'm doing yard work with RP streaming from my WM5 PDA into my garage stereo system. But I had to run in to give my opinion on this M.A.W. song. It is unbelievably barfo sucko. Send this P.O.S. song and band back to the oblivion heap where it belongs!
Go back to raking your leaves in the backyard. We like you better out there (as does your spouse)!
For you youngsters who didn't catch the 80s: this is as good as pop got back then. I'm not taking this song too far, I mean its still pop, but sure does bring back a few memories.
cochlear wrote:
Simply transporting. Backward in time, with great feeling. Warm smiles here...
Got me dancing, tapping...part of me formative years! :bounce:
I haven't heard this song in ages. This is amazing.
Right now I'm doing yard work with RP streaming from my WM5 PDA into my garage stereo system. But I had to run in to give my opinion on this M.A.W. song. It is unbelievably barfo sucko. Send this P.O.S. song and band back to the oblivion heap where it belongs!
now that you mention it....i think it IS Summer's Day!!!! ChrisInCT wrote:
guess its a mistake by you!
Simply transporting. Backward in time, with great feeling. Warm smiles here...
Nothing but great warmth and sound out of this one. One of the best from one of the actual good bands to come out of the Eighties.
I remember going to see them at the Greek Theater with Mental As Anything. Ah, youth... :sunny:
there's something about MAW tunes that always just put me in a good mood. Could be that "Cargo" was one of the first cassettes I ever owned, think it was #2 after The Police, 'Ghost In The Machine'.
They so rocked this out on Solid Gold. 9 year old me was very psyched. 10. Still one of my faves.
Faulplz wrote:
Ditto! Total blast from the past! And so nice to hear something besides "Land Down Under" which is what all the nostalgia stations play. (Strange - I notice "Be Good Johnny" is also in the playlist but it has never been played. Too bad. It's one of my favorites from them.)
This is my favorite from these guys. I think from the same album "Cargo"? are songs called "Blue For You" and "Overkill". Decent songs. Not earth shattering, but still good. Men At Work on the playlist is just another reason I love RP and it's creators. It's diverse up in here!
wildhaire wrote:
Wow, this takes me back to junior high school days! Such an under-appreciated band.
Ditto! Total blast from the past! And so nice to hear something besides "Land Down Under" which is what all the nostalgia stations play. (Strange - I notice "Be Good Johnny" is also in the playlist but it has never been played. Too bad. It's one of my favorites from them.)
wildhaire wrote:
Wow, this takes me back to junior high school days! Such an under-appreciated band.
Junior year in high school for me! This was always one of my favorites!
Saw these guys in concert in the mid 80's. One of the most boring groups ever! The same effect could have been had by placing 5 mannequins on stage. The only group more comatose was the Cars!
donpdonp wrote:
for as long as ive known this song, i thought the lyric was "its summer's day" :tongue:
guess its a mistake by you!
Now that was fun!
for as long as ive known this song, i thought the lyric was "its summer's day" :tongue:
electronicshaman wrote:
the beginning of this track sounds a lot like talking heads
Burning Down the House?
the beginning of this track sounds a lot like talking heads
Hey I am a man at work. On a Sunday night ... Waiting for the coffee to brew. :grumpy: :frown: :grumpy:
Jack_Jefferson wrote:
Does he have a lazy eye or glass eye (like Sammy Davis Jr.)?
I believe it is a lazy eye, and I also believe I heard Colin say that the record company he started is called Lazy Eye Records. At least he has a good sense of humor!
Influenced by Wings?
Even if the nostalgia wore off (it hasn't), the fine songwriting and bittersweet vibe of MAW would make for worthwhile, timeless musicianship.
Wow, this takes me back to junior high school days! Such an under-appreciated band.
It's definitely a mistake..
samiyam wrote:
Big compliments to RP for playing a song which should have gotten more attention when it came out. Too bad these guys imploded.
I'm in your corner. I always liked this tune, and agree that it has been underappreciated. Sorry for you folks that don't see the merit of it. Just because it's poppy, in a reggae framework, doesn't necessarily detract from it, IMHO. It's also a great anti-war song. How timely...
i don't get the fascination rp has for these guys. they suck.
Xeric wrote:
re the title: It certainly is. Pop dreck, sorry.
I completely agree, I never liked these guys, or this song
Big compliments to RP for playing a song which should have gotten more attention when it came out. Too bad these guys imploded.
Jack_Jefferson wrote:
Does he have a lazy eye or glass eye (like Sammy Davis Jr.)?
He created a record company called Lazy Eye, I know that much. :lol: Seriously.
Veritas wrote:
It is indeed Colin Hay, off Men at Work's second album Cargo.
Does he have a lazy eye or glass eye (like Sammy Davis Jr.)?
Oh man, this song brings back some fuuuuun memories! Thanks Bill. :hug:
re the title: It certainly is. Pop dreck, sorry.
treehugger wrote:
I like this. I quite can't place the vocals but it sounds reminicent of the Colin Hay material you've been playing lately.
It is indeed Colin Hay, off Men at Work's second album Cargo.
treehugger wrote:
I like this. I quite can't place the vocals but it sounds reminicent of the Colin Hay material you've been playing lately.
That's because Colin Hay was the lead singer for Men At Work.
I like this. I quite can't place the vocals but it sounds reminicent of the Colin Hay material you've been playing lately.