Did You Know: “Down Under” By Men at Work

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Our ‘Tickets @ 2′ song today is “Down Under” by the group from the land down under, Men at Work.

The lyrics were written by lead singer Colin Hay. Some lyric translation: Fried out Kombi – a broken-down van. It came from the VW Kombivan, very popular in the ’60s and early ’70s, especially with surfers and hippies.

Vegemite Sandwich – Vegemite is fermented yeast spread, pretty much a national institution in Australia, people spread it on toast.

The group was struck with tragedy a year ago when band member Greg Ham was found dead in his home.

The song became an unofficial national anthem when Australia won the America’s Cup in 1983, the Prime Minister, Bob Hawke gave the whole country the day off.

When you hear it between two and three we’ll take caller # 8 at 1-800-232-KRTH (5784) to win a pair of tickets to see the Pacific Symphony perform: “The Gershwins, Here To Stay” at the Segerstrom Concert Hall.

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