So I’ve been really into Men At Work’s greatest hits collection, Contraband, the past week or so (see also: Hall & Oates’ Best Of, but we’ll get to that some other time). Let’s just say the next time I find myself karaoking, at Thai Angel at 4am, “Down Under” is gonna get seriously worked over, drunken and tone deaf be damned. Anyway, I was very much in short pants when these Australians were blowing up the FM airwaves, and my main memories of their tunes are the videos for “Down Under” (desert wasteland/Vegemite sandwich), and “Who Can It Be Now,” which come to think of it I believe I had confused with the video for Rockwell’s freaktastic “I Always Feel Like (There Somebody’s Watching Me)”, which itself is the jam if you’re not familiar. Ahh, the ’80s.
The Ralphs in my neighborhood (for those outside California, it’s a grocery store chain ) occasionally plays some interesting stuff over their PA, and the past few times I have been in I keep managing to catch at least part of Men At Work’s “Overkill.” This direct correlation between the Ralph’s and my revisiting their greatest hits has me thinking: are grocery stores and their ilk the future of music licensing? Eh, probably not, but hey, here in Los Feliz I’m sure there are more than a few music supervisors shopping there…subliminally soaking up the music wafting out of the PA while shopping for their dinner.
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Rockwell – Somebody’s Watching Me (w/ Michael Jackson guest vocals)