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Album Review

While he'll always be best known as the lead singer for early-'80s MTV darlings Men at Work, Colin Hay has been issuing solo releases on a somewhat regular basis, ever since his former band's disintegration. But for his 2003 release, Man at Work, Hay decided to take a step back and rework several Men at Work classics. While it's not uncommon for classic rockers to rework their songs (the "unplugged" craze of the '90s, anyone?), the reasoning as to why Hay would issue such a recording now is a bit puzzling. While such acoustic Men at Work tracks as "Overkill" and "Who Can It Be Now?" are quite charming and worth hearing, the re-recordings of "Be Good Johnny" and "It's a Mistake" (which are almost identical to the originals) don't add much to the originals. Hay's non-Men at Work songs ("Beautiful World," "Waiting for My Real Life to Begin") are worth hearing, but of course, they're not up to the high Business as Usual standards. That said, Hay's voice is still in fine form all these years later, sounding as good as it did during his commercial heyday.

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Look beyond Scrubs

Please, oh, please, look beyond Scrubs. This man is a genius. His lyrics and his music is a joy. He preserved my sanity back in 1982 when I was stuck in the Falkland Islands fighting a war that Maggie Thatcher had contrived - the album "Men At Work" was a casette that my poor, overworked Sony Walkman played time and time again. I finally convinced my daughter to come with me to see him in concert at his Manchester gig of October 2007 - fantastic!!!! My daughter is now a convert. It all goes way beyond Overkill, Looking for my Real Life, Beautiful World. You need to look at other albums (some not available on iTunes - shame on you itunes), Topanga is good, Transcendental Highway is better (check out Death Row Conversation). This man has a way of writing music that will convince you that all is right with the world and no matter what crap you endure, everything will turn out right in the end, Rock on Colin, keep the faith, Slinger455

This is not an overkill by Colin Hay

This is a great album, with "Overkill" being the best song on the album.

Overkill (acoustic version), Down under, Beautiful world (alternate mix)

absolutely brilliant, especially on scrubs, the best tv show ever


Born: 29 June 1953 in Kilwinning, Scotland

Genre: Rock

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

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...
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