than a Vegemite sandwich
Work frontman Colin Hay and his guitar to play Tupelo
Colin Hay is a man at
Hay is, of course,
known as a member of the Australian-based Men At Work, an ’80s band that
penned the hits “Down Under” and “Who Can It Be Now?”
If you were born
post-’80s, you may not know what I’m talking about, so I’ll try to
connect you to who Hay is.
If you’ve watched the
television show Scrubs on NBC, you may recognize Hay’s song “Beautiful
World.” Scrubs and Garden State star Zach Braff must really be a fan of
Hay, because he put Hay’s “I Just Don’t Think I’ll Ever Get Over You”
onto the Garden State soundtrack.
The success of the
Garden State soundtrack compelled Compass Records to re-release Hay’s
2000 album Going Somewhere this past May. The re-release includes “I
Just Don’t Think I’ll Ever Get Over You” as a bonus track.
But back to Men At
The band was named the
Best New Artist at the 1982 Grammy Awards after the release of Business
As Usual. From that album came two huge hits, “Who Can It Be Now?” and
“Down Under.” “Down Under” and Business As Usual remained atop the
American charts for 16 weeks, until someone by the name of Michael
Jackson came out with a little album called Thriller.
Men At Work have
successfully reunited for various shows and tours, including performing
at the end of the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
When asked if he gets
confused as to whether he’s playing a solo show or a Men At Work show,
Hay replied in a press release: “I throw a pick into the audience. If
the front row fights for it, I know it’s a Men At Work show. If one
person picks it up and hands it to me, I know I’m on my own.”
Here’s a fun fact about
Hay: OK, his biggest known hit is probably “Down Under.” How can we not
sing along, secretly wishing we could master the Australian accent while
we we sing? But truth be told, Hay was born in Scotland. In 1967, when
Hay was 14, he moved to Australia, playing music on the ship the whole
Colin Hay plays at
Tupelo Music Hall on Friday, Aug. 19, at 9:15 p.m. Tickets are $30 and
can be purchased at www.tupelohall.com.
The Tupelo Music Hall
is located at 2 Young Road, Londonderry. 437-5100.
For more information on
Hay, go to www.colinhay.com.