One of the most recognizable voices from the 80’s, Colin Hay has managed to transcend the chart-topping success of his time spent fronting Men at Work to fashion a dynamic solo career. Hay’s melodic gifts, distinctive tenor and deadpan humor remain unchanged, as his new album Next Year People can firmly attest.
Most people first heard Colin Hay when the Scottish-born, Australia-raised songwriter put out a debut record with his band Men at Work in 1981. That album, Business as Usual, became an instant worldwide smash, yielding several now-iconic hits like ‘Down Under,’ ‘Who Can t Be Now?’ and ‘Overkill’ among others. Despite their overwhelming early success (the follow-up, Cargo, also became a commercial hit), Men at Work broke up in 1985. From there Hay embarked on a long solo career that continues to this day, recording fifteen albums, and touring constantly.
Over the past several years, Hay has entered into a career renaissance, aided in large part by appearances (both his songs and himself) in several movies (Garden State) and television shows (Scrubs, Larry Sanders Show, JAG), introducing himself to a new generation of fans in the process. Last summer, an acclaimed documentary about his life in music, Colin Hay: Waiting for My Real Life, premiered at the Melbourne Film Festival.
‘The former Men at Work frontman has transformed into a thoughtful and sophisticated contemporary songwriter.’ ‘The Washington Post
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