Cargo (album)

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Studio album by Men at Work
Released 28 June 1983
Recorded 1982
Genre Pop rock, new wave
Length 42:21
Label Columbia
Producer Peter McIan
Men at Work chronology
Business as Usual
Two Hearts
Singles from Cargo
  1. "Dr. Heckyll and Mr. Jive"
    Released: November 1983
  2. "Overkill"
    Released: 9 April 1983
  3. "It's a Mistake"
    Released: June 1983
  4. "High Wire"
    Released: 1983

Cargo is the second album by Australian band Men at Work, released in 1983. (see 1983 in music). Four singles were released from the album, with "Overkill" becoming an international hit.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[3]

Rolling Stone magazine wrote that Cargo "may lack a track with the body-slamming intensity of "Who Can It Be Now?" and "Down Under," but song for song, it is a stronger overall effort than Business as Usual." They chiefly praised the album's dark, paranoid lyrics.[3] In a retrospective review, Allmusic praised "Overkill" and "It's a Mistake" as "demonstrating more depth than anything on the debut". However, they asserted that the album parallels Men at Work's debut in that it focuses on two strong singles which are "weighed down by filler".[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Colin Hay except as noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Dr. Heckyll and Mr. Jive"     4:38
2. "Overkill"     3:46
3. "Settle Down My Boy"   Ron Strykert 3:30
4. "Upstairs in My House"   Hay, Strykert 4:02
5. "No Sign of Yesterday" (extended to 6:37 on the 2003 remaster)   6:14
6. "It's a Mistake"     4:34
7. "High Wire"     3:02
8. "Blue for You"     3:54
9. "I Like To"   Strykert 4:03
10. "No Restrictions"     4:30
2003 Remaster Bonus Tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
11. "Shintaro" (B-side from "It's a Mistake" single) Strykert 2:52
12. "'Till the Money Runs Out" (B-side from "Overkill" single) Hay, Strykert, Greg Ham, Jerry Speiser, Johnathan Rees 3:06
13. "Upstairs in My House" (live; B-side from "Dr. Heckyl & Mr. Jive" 12" (Track listed as "Upstairs At My House" on the 2003 remaster) Hay, Strykert 3:13
14. "Fallin' Down" (live; B-side from "High Wire" Australian single) Speiser, Rees 7:55
15. "The Longest Night" (live) (previously unreleased) Ham 4:04

The live tracks on the 2003 Remastered edition are from a concert recorded July 28, 1983 at Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD (13, 14) and from a 1983 concert in San Francisco, CA (15).



  • Producer: Peter McIan
  • Engineers: Peter McIan, Paul Ray
  • Assistant Engineer: David Price
  • Photography: Greg Noakes
  • Artwork: Ron Strykert


Album - Billboard (United States)

Year Chart Position
1983 Top LPs & Tapes 3

Album - ARIA Charts (Australia)

Year Chart Position
1983 Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart 1

Singles - Billboard (United States)

Year Single Chart Position
1983 "Overkill" Adult Contemporary 6
1983 "Overkill" Mainstream Rock 3
1983 "Overkill" Billboard Hot 100 3
1983 "It's a Mistake" Adult Contemporary 10
1983 "It's A Mistake" Mainstream Rock 27
1983 "It's A Mistake" Billboard Hot 100 6
1983 "Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jive" Mainstream Rock 12
1983 "Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jive" Billboard Hot 100 28
1983 "High Wire" Mainstream Rock 23


  1. ^ a b Allmusic review
  2. ^ Robert Christgau Consumer Guide
  3. ^ a b Connelly, Christopher (April 28, 1983). "Men At Work: Cargo : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on April 4, 2008.
Preceded by
Let's Dance by David Bowie
Australian Kent Music Report number-one album
2 May 1983 – 15 May 1983
Succeeded by
1983 The Hot Ones by Various artists