Thursday, January 14, 2016

"It's a Mistake" by Men at Work

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  1520
Date:  07/02/1983
Debut:  42
Peak:  6
Weeks:  15
Genre:  Rock, New Wave

Pop Bits:  The Aussie band's second album, Cargo, got under way with the #3 peak of its first single "Overkill." This next single kept up the momentum by getting into the Top 10 at both Pop and AC (#10). Rock was less receptive and the song faltered at #27. In their home country, this song served as the album's third single and it under-performed at #34. But by that time, the album had already become a #1 best-seller there and pretty much run its course.

ReduxReview:  Initially I didn't care too much for "Overkill," but eventually it won me over. The same could be said for this tune as well. I actually disliked it more than "Overkill" back then so it quickly went off my radar. These many years later I don't mind hearing the song. It's another solid effort by Colin Hay (both writing and vocals) with a slight reggae-ish beat that reminds me of The Police. I wouldn't put it in the same company as "Overkill," but it's certainly one of their better songs.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  This song was written during the Cold War and considers how it might end. War? Nuclear bomb? Told from a soldier's point of view, he questions his leader as to what is going to happen. The song makes reference to one of the key figures in the Cold War, US President Ronald Reagan (as "Ronnie").


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