Throwback Thursday: Colin Hay

If you’re anything like me, the first time you heard the name Colin Hay you were probably a little bit confused.  How can this guy be a “throwback” when I don’t even remember him to begin with?  Bear with me.  Colin Hay is from a little group called Men At Work made popular by 80s pop culture.  They are popular for the song “Down Under” and are from, you guessed it, Australia.

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Colin Hay

But beyond the novelty of their popular single, Colin Hay has produced songs beyond his time with Men At Work that are powerful and catchy.  I first came across his solo work through the show Scrubs.  There is one episode that utilizes the song “Overkill” for a particularly emotional scene in an episode for an earlier season.  I immediately fell in love with the song and had to find out who it was.  Imagine my surprise when I googled it to come up with the lead singer for Men At Work.  I thought to myself, “This isn’t right. I have to dig deeper.”  So using my extreme computer hacking skills, I checked an underground website known for digging up this kind of information (Wikipedia) and confirmed that it was in fact the Aussie from the 80s pop band.

Upon further exploration I came across Hay’s album Man At Work which contained the song “Overkill” as well as some retakes on the popular single “Down Under”.  The entire album is very pleasant, but what really sticks out for Hay are his simplistic “guy and guitar” tracks.  In my opinion, he’s best when it is just the melody and the lyrics.  With songs like “Waiting For My Real Life To Begin” and “I Just Don’t Think I’ll Ever Get Over You” (made popular by the movie Garden State) Colin Hay has a real knack for simple, powerful acoustic tracks.

Check out his appearance on Scrubs:

About the Author

Kyle Brigham is a fan of all things music. He has been to a ridiculous number of concerts across the nation and has been interviewing bands for over 10 years. He likes to listen to music excessively loud and thinks you got to get up to get down.

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