You’ve likely heard and habitually roared patriotic tales of vegemite sandwiches, praising a land where beer does flow and men chunder, right?
Not ringing any bells? How bloody un-Australian of you.
Men At Work’s 1983 hit single, ‘Down Under’ is deeply rooted in Australian culture. Labeled our secondary true blue anthem, it undoubtedly resonates with a nation.
Though the song itself is familiar to most, not commonly known is that 35 years after the band’s success, they were sued for copyright infringement by music publishing company, Larrikin.
The company sought damages for similarities drawn between the iconic flute riff and the melody of popular children’s nursery rhyme, ‘Kookaburra (sits in the old gum tree)’, written by Marion Sinclair.
Melbourne filmmaker, Harry Hayes has produced the documentary, You Better Take Cover that follows the songs creative inception and explores the plagiarism saga that left so many bewildered.
The film features interviews with Men At Work members, John Rees, Jerry Speiser and Ron Strykert, numerous industry professionals and Australian culture and music icons, Michael Leunig and Paul Kelly.
In order for the film to be released publicly, Hayes is crowdfunding for licensing costs and various creative expenditures encountered during the films development.
The documentary portrays a paramount piece of Australian (music) history and deserves to be seen by all. So what are you waiting for? Pledge what you can (and reap some rewards in return).
Pledge here: pozible.com/youbettertakecover