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Men At Work need more work

As far as one hit wonders go, Men At Work’s ‘Down Under’ is an absolute crackerjack. Can you think of another song which can whisk your imagination away to the sound of Aussies getting smashed on pitchers of Fosters in a Walkabout bar in only a matter of seconds? No, you can’t.

‘Down Under’ was first released in 1983 and has since become the unofficial national anthem for our allied nation of Australia. However, it turns out that the supposed composers of the song - Men At Work didn’t actually compose it: they stole its melody from a Girl Guides song written in 1934.

The Sydney federal court have ruled that Down Under plagiarised the Girl Guides’ song 'Kookaburra Sits In The Old Gum Tree' and have ordered Men At Work to pay original composer Marion Sinclair 60% of all royalties ever made from the song. To put that into perspective...think of a lot of money and then times that by 1000 and you're not even close.

Not surprisingly Men At Work dispute the claim and are demanding a retrial before they hand over any of their hard earned/easy money. Judge for yourself...

With lyrics that include; ‘Buying bread from a man in Brussels / He was six-foot-four and full of muscles / I said, 'Do you speak-a my language?' / He just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich’ we think it’s safe to say these weren’t stolen.

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