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You are the dingo in wallaby's clothing.

Helen Reddy, Olivia Newton-John, Andy Gibb, the Bee Gees, Rick Springfield -- they all were model minorities who found brilliant success in America without calling overt attention to their foreign roots and without parading their quaint ethnic customs. And then along came Men at Work, the first antipodal invader with the cheek to wear their nation's trademark strangeness on their sleeves. Who Can It Be Now? could just as easily have been English, but Down Under was the Australian equivalent of Say It Loud (I'm Black And I'm Proud). It terrified the powers-that-be to think what Australian Pride might do to the prized blandness of white America, but the Vegemite, as they say, was already out of the tin. Nativist forces did manage to prevent any future uppity stars from entering the constellation Outback (viz. Midnight Oil), but they could do nothing to prevent the likes of Paul Hogan, Foster's Lager, and Outback Steak Houses from joining the American pop-cultural mix. The forces of restrained propriety may sometimes weaken your resolve, child of Men at Work, but it's hide the liquor and bar the door when you let your true self walk about.
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Who Can It Be Now?  Oct 24 -30, 1982
Down Under  Jan 9-29 and Feb 6-12, 1983


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