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Men At Work Has To Pay Up!

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Ha! Poor guys probably thought they were in the clear a long time ago!

The '80s band Men At Work has been ordered to pay royalties to the Larrikin Music group for ripping off the flute solo in their OLD hit song Down Under from the 70-year-old nursery rhyme Kookaburra Sits In The Old Gumtree!

The band maintains that they unconsciously stole the original tune, and will have to pay royalties on any money they made off of the track from 2002 on, which probably will add up to about $13 all together, we'd estimate!

Lucky break!

Imagine if they'd been slapped with that lawsuit back when that song got actual air time??

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17 comments to “Men At Work Has To Pay Up!”



  1. 1

    yeah… because music today is just SO GOOD and SO ORIGINAL



  2. 2

    Perez, everytime you talk of music, you sound so stupid. Stick to teen boys,



  3. 3

    Speaking of lawsuits, Barack Hussein Obama's people just filed a lawsuit against Arizona. Yeah, our federal government is upset that Arizona is trying to meddle with criminals and drug cartels. Who do we think we are? A land of rules and laws? Nope, not with Barack Hussein Obama. That would be racist and wrong.



  4. 4

    Are you fucking kidding me? "Artist's" today rip off so many beats and tunes from older songs. AND I actually like this song, it's fun and catchy. Reminds me of summer. I would take "Men at Work" over stupid Katy Perry or Rihanna anyday. Two girls who can't sing worth a darn, If you gave them a Mic and guitar, they wouldn't know what to do. They suck.



  5. 5

    It's a bit of a joke, Larrakin music only noticed the similarity when a music TV show over here mentioned it about 20 years after Land Down Under was released.. And just quietly, ever notice that your beloved California Gurls sounds exactly the same as Tik Tok? Play one over the other, it's unbelievable.



  6. 6

    They had 10 second of flute on the track which only sound almost like the nursery rhyme. This is fucked up. They must appeal this decision.



  7. 7

    wow, good job reporting old ass news. i read this at 8am you garbage reporter.



  8. 8

    Laugh Kookaburra
    Laugh Kookaburra
    Gay your life must be…



  9. 9

    Oh boy I remember hearing about this.
    Sure the flute sections in both songs sound similar, but srsly?
    They, Men At Work, have to pay up? :-/
    Bummerz.



  10. 10

    laugh kookaburra laugh kookaburra
    gay your life must be!



  11. 11

    ridiculous



  12. 12

    Re: Sambalam29 – I knew those were the same! I'm glad I'm not the only one who noticed.



  13. 13

    Men at Work are legends! And yes Perez this song actually gets a lot of air time in Aus. It's almost our national anthem! It will always be in the Aussie culture unlike pop crap like Gaga



  14. 14

    Man, there always seem to be some greedy SOB with their hand out. I hope they don't have to pay.



  15. 15

    Love that song Down Under! But to be honest, the lead singer's eyes always creeped me out. He has a nice voice, though…



  16. 16

    You are a moron. Grammar 1.0: Men At Work have to pay up. Collective pronoun, you fucking idiot.



  17. 17

    The frustrating thing with this story was it only came to light when an Australian comedian by the name of Adam Hills who hosts a show called Spicks and Specks actually made the joke about Kookaburra and Down Under on the show to get a laugh. At the time Larrakin Records were really struggling as many independant labels do employed an ambulance chaser lawyer who went down the road of "no win no pay" and this is where it ended up. originally they wanted 60% of all royalties the song has made so it was a bit of a win for the band.