Lost and found's weekend advice: 'Be Good Johnny'
Because it was included on Men at Work's No. 1 album smash Business As Usual, most people have heard Be Good Johnny before. Perhaps one of the reasons it doesn’t get much airplay anymore was that it was never really a single.
While a success overseas, Canada and in their native Australia, U.S. record executives keep Business as Usual shelved thinking it wouldn’t sell. When it was finally released in the U.S., Men At Work had already recorded their second album, Cargo. When the executives were proved wrong and Who Can It Be Now and Down Under went No. 1 in 1982, there was little time to release a third single in the U.S. with the April 1983 release of Cargo and its first single Overkill impending.
However with Men At Work fever at its peak, MTV and mainstream rock stations were more than glad to air/play Be Good Johnny in the early 1983. So what kind of video is Be Good Johnny? It doesn’t want to play football or cricket. It’s a funny video, but I like it.
Men At Work broke up in the mid-80s and while lead singer Colin Hayes has enjoyed a solo career on his own terms, unfortunately sax/keyboard player Greg Ham passed away in 2012.