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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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engage brain prior to opening mouth...

Folks, this IS the original Men At Work lead man and these are HIS songs... Colin Hay's wit and warmth that defined the now-classic Men at Work albums is now reaching an audience that may be too young to remember cassette tapes or the electric slide. Hay’s “I Just Don’t Think I’ll Ever Get Over You,” became a memorable hit from the success of the Garden State soundtrack, garnering extensive praise from all corners and all ages. “This is without a doubt my favorite song of the year,” John Mayer wrote in Esquire Magazine. “I'm still trying for a tune like this of my own.” As frontman and principal songwriter for eighties hit machine Men at Work, Hay is responsible for one of the most identifiable sounds in pop music: infectious, Caribbean-spiked blue-eyed soul with a pointedly quizzical lyrical outlook. Classic songs like “Down Under,” “Overkill,” and “Who Can It Be Now” unfold before the ears like miniature movies, with timeless twists and a bittersweet sense of humor. Following the success of “I Just Don’t Think I’ll Ever Get Over You,” Compass Records is re-releasing Hay’s 2000 album, “Going Somewhere” on May 31, 2005. “Going Somewhere” is a critically-acclaimed acoustic effort that showcases the Scottish born Australian's charmfamiliar voice, songwriting excellence and clever observations. The Garden State soundtrack cut appears as a bonus track, along with a special radio edit of “Waiting for my Real Life to Begin. ” The album also includes the original version of “Beautiful World,” which was featured in the hit NBC series “Scrubs.” Since Men at Work broke up following the 1985 gold album Two Hearts, Hay has released a series of solo albums, reunited his old band with astonishing success, and watched as his songs continue to connect with new fans the world over. As Hay’s music finds its way into today’s film and television, audiences are rediscovering the man down under and more importantly realizing the man for his songwriting excellence.

Incredible Talent...

Colin Hay (formerly of Men at Work) is an incredible artist whos work goes completely unappreciated. This album basically takes the very first Men at Work album, and reworks it into completly new and incredible versions. There are also many other songs in there that will blow you away. 'Beautiful World' and 'Waiting For My Real Life to Begin' should be up for songs of the decade. People... you must own this ablum!!!!!!!

I miss the good 'ole days.

Back in the '80s, I used to think Men at Work was just another MTV novelty band that kinda lucked out. But after hearing the Colin Hay perform the song on the TV show, Scrubs, I realize now this guy is a pretty good songwriter. Thank you, Scrubs. And than you, Colin Hay!


Born: June 29, 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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