Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Tagged: Men At Work

Down Under

First recorded by Men at Work (1980).
Hit version by Men at Work (US#1/CAN #1/UK #1/IRE #1/AUS #1 1981).

From the wiki: “‘Down Under’ was written by the group’s co-founders, Colin Hay and Ron Strykert. It was originally released in 1980 as the B-side to their first local single titled ‘Keypunch Operator’, on a self-released vinyl single distributed only in Australia.

“This early version of ‘Down Under’ has a slightly different tempo and arrangement than the later Columbia release. After signing to the U.S. label, Columbia, the song was re-recorded. This more well-known version was then released in October 1981 as the third single from their debut album Business as Usual (1981).