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Colin Hay

February 19th, 2015

Born:
Colin Hay

Genre:
Rock

Years Active:
'80s, '90s, '00s, '10s






Colin Hay

Biography

As the singer, guitarist, and main songwriter of Australia's Men at Work, Colin Hay was responsible for penning several of the quirkiest pop hits of the early '80s. Although he and his former band will forever be associated with “the land down under,” Hay originally hailed from Scotland, where he was born in the town of Kilwinning on June 29, 1953. Hay relocated to Australia in 1967, by which time he had begun playing guitar and singing. Although the country is probably best known for spawning hard rock bands (AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, Radio Birdman, etc.), Hay sought to form a band that was more in line with the burgeoning new wave style, but one that also embraced pop. Shortly after joining up with guitarist Ron Strykert in 1978, Hay's master plan was realized, as Men at Work were formed. Rounding out the band was saxophonist/flutist Greg Ham, bassist John Rees, and drummer Jerry Speiser, who in 1982 issued their debut full-length, Business as Usual. Earning quite a few comparisons to then-reigning chart kings the Police, Men at Work quickly became MTV favorites (during the station's early days). Since he was the group's main singer and songwriter, Hay quickly became the focal point of the band, as such humorous videos for “Who Can It Be Now” and “Down Under” pushed the debut album to the top of the U.S. charts — making Men at Work an overnight sensation. Perhaps sensing that they should strike again while they were still fresh in people's minds, Men at Work went directly back in the studio to work on another album. Issued in 1983, Cargo was another sizable hit, but did not fare nearly as well as its predecessor — commercially or artistically.

Top Albums


1. Next Year Pe..

2. Man @ Work

3. Contraband: ..

4. Going Somewh..

5. Men At Work:..

6. Are You Look..

7. Gathering Me..

8. American Sun..

9. Peaks & ..

10. Topanga

11. Transcendent..

12. Company of S..

13. Overkill EP ..

14. Down Under 2..

Top Songs

Name Album Time Price
1.

Overkill (Acoustic Version) Man @ Work 3:45 $0.99
2.

Next Year People Next Year People 4:21 $0.99
3.

Did You Just Take the Long Way Home Next Year People 3:44 $0.99
4.

If I Had Been a Better Man Next Year People 3:21 $0.99
5.

Waiting for My Real Life to Begin (A.. Going Somewhere (Extended V.. 5:46 $0.99
6.

Down Under (Acoustic Version) Man @ Work 3:32 $0.99
7.

I Just Don't Think I'll Ever.. Going Somewhere (Extended V.. 4:31 $0.99
8.

Waiting In the Rain Next Year People 4:06 $0.99
9.

I Want You Back Next Year People 2:58 $0.99
10.

Maggie Going Somewhere (Extended V.. 4:21 $0.99
11.

Send Somebody Gathering Mercury 4:37 $0.99
12.

Beautiful World Going Somewhere (Extended V.. 4:03 $0.99
13.

To There From Here Next Year People 3:38 $0.99
14.

Who Can It Be Now? (Acoustic Version.. Man @ Work 3:23 $0.99
15.

Waiting for My Real Life to Begin Man @ Work 5:44 $0.99
16.

Beautiful World (Alternate Mix) Man @ Work 3:39 $0.99
17.

Lived In Vain Next Year People 3:44 $0.99
18.

I Just Don't Think I'll Ever.. Transcendental Highway 5:28 $0.99
19.

Mr. Grogan Next Year People 3:37 $0.99
20.

Scattered In the Sand Next Year People 4:03 $0.99
21.

Prison Time American Sunshine (Bonus Tr.. 3:59 $0.99
22.

Down Under Man @ Work 4:48 $0.99
23.

Down Under 2012 (Solo Acoustic) Down Under 2012 – Single 3:50 $0.99
24.

Goodnight Romeo Gathering Mercury 2:49 $0.99
25.

I'm Doing Fine Transcendental Highway 4:59 $0.99

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