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Contraband: Best of
Men at Work
Contraband: Best of
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
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All Artists: Men at Work
Title: Contraband: Best of
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Sony
Original Release Date: 4/2/1996
Release Date: 4/2/1996
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Style: New Wave & Post-Punk
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 074646479124, 5099748401120

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Corrina R. from LAS VEGAS, NV
Reviewed on 8/22/2006...
Classic Men at Work. Good stuff!

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The best of the "Men" for anyone who still cares
Brian D. Rubendall | Oakton, VA | 01/14/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"During 1982-83, Austrailia's most succesful bar band Men at Work were about the biggest musical phenomenon on the planet. They combined good songwriting, a sense of humor and decent charisma into a commerically powerful brew that carried a half dozen or so of their singles onto the U.S. charts. Their first two albums, "Business as Usual" and "Cargo" were massive sellers and I will admit to having played them on vinyl until they were worn out. Unfortunately, their success went to their heads and after a dreadful attempt to be taken seriously with their 1985 third album "Two Hearts," they faded into obscurity. Their greatest hits album features enough of their best moments from those first two albums to make it worthwhile for anyone interested in the nostalgia. Unfortunately, it also contains a number of songs from their disasterous third album that weaken the overall package. Nevertheless, if you loved pop gems such as "Who Can it Be Now?" "Down Under," "Be Good Johnny" and "Overkill," this album is for you. It also gets a bonus star for including the lengthy "Down by the Sea," which is the excellent non-hit closing track from the first album."
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Bill Lincicome | Aviano Air Base, Italy | 06/10/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Few bands epitomize the 1980s like Men At Work did. Out of nowhere (well okay, Austraila), the Men burst open the scene with funny videos and songs with irresistible hooks. I was a fan from the first time I heard Greg Ham's sax intro into "Who Can It Be Now?" But buried under the amusing visuals and catchy hooks were underlying themes of fear and isolation -- prevalent attitudes during a decade in which we lived under the threat of nuclear war (expressed well in "It's a Mistake"). All of the best are here, including "Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jive," "Overkill" and "Down Under." However, one of the strongest tracks is the overlooked "Hard Luck Story," a song about a man who's experienced the ways of the world -- and doesn't like what he's seen. It's a reminder that we create our own misery by persecuting and rejecting others. Other favorites include the beautiful ballad "Maria," the goofy "I Like To," and the wistful "Still Life." An all-around good collection of one of the best bands to emerge from the outbacks of Austraila -- or anywhere. Would love to see a reunion."