Men at work。 Colin Hay

Down Under (song)

In 2006 Hay provided his voice for one of the characters in the animated movie. "" Released: 23 October 1981• Eschewing a fancy setup the bands equipment is easily visible making the instrument changes for Greg easier and forcing the focus to remain on the band and nothing else. Hay is fun, he has a warm down to earth welcoming humour, setting a friendly atmosphere from start to finish into the event. Studio musicians included Jeremy Alsop on bass guitar ex-Ram Band, Pyramid, ; and Mark Kennedy on drums , ,. It was re-released worldwide in 1998 as with a bonus track, "The Longest Night", the first new studio track since Two Hearts. Strykert had left during its production. 1 on the US from late 1982 to early 1983; and five weeks at No. Mind you, anyone who has been playing their music with honest dedication for over forty years can only be playing it better now, so the good execution of the pieces might not be what surprised me. And she sang on nearly all the songs. Australasian Performing Right Association APRA. 4 on the and Business as Usual appeared in the book October 2010. Indeed there is nostalgia: those were times when hits were written by the heart and soul of real players and went straight to the heart and soul of the audience and into their life, becoming part of it, as any good genuine pure memory of a good piece of life. 2008 as Nick• Colin Hay has since suggested that the deaths of his father, Jim, in 2010, and of Men at Work flute player in 2012 were directly linked to the stress of the court case. Archived from on 29 February 2012. Awards and nominations [ ] Countdown Australian Music Awards [ ] was an Australian pop music TV series on national broadcaster from 1974—1987, it presented music awards from 1979—1987, initially in conjunction with magazine. Note: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting from 1974 until created their own in mid-1988. 1 in Denmark, Ireland, Italy and Switzerland, and was a top 10 hit in many other countries. "Down Under" was co-written by Hay and Strykert, and became the group's first number-one hit in December — which stayed at the top for six weeks. 1 — for two weeks — on the Australian charts. The song topped the Canadian charts in October 1982. " In 2004 he contributed to the soundtrack with his solo song "I Just Don't Think I'll Ever Get Over You". down to two rather stubborn music industry companies. Hohenboken, Angus 25 June 2009. In 1992, Kent back calculated chart positions for 1970—1974. TV series• You're left with what you want to make of it. No algorithms, no industrial marketing productions, no digital vocal audio tuning, no nothing. 'Down Under' was added to the 's registry in 2007. 2 and remained in the chart for 24 weeks. In 1999 Ryan, Grossman and Maslen were out and Hosford and Floyd were back in, along with bassist Stuart Speed. Producer: Peter McIan• In 1997 drummer Tony Floyd replaced Watson but by 1998 the lineup was Hay, Ham, James Ryan guitar, backing vocals , of the on bass and Peter Maslen ex- on drums. The Federal Court determined that the copyright was still current Sinclair died in 1988 and had been assigned to Larrikin Music. Career [ ] Men at Work [ ] In 1978, Hay met and the men began playing as a. - lead vocals except 5 ,• "" followed in March 1983 made it to No. The album was released on 9 November 1981, it entered the top 50 on the Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart in December peaking at No. and drug terms are featured in the lyrics. 1 single on the Australian, New Zealand, and United Kingdom charts. "F-19" B-side from "Be Good Johnny" Australian single Hay, Speiser 3:52 Both live tracks on the 2003 remastered edition are from the 1998 live album. Business as Usual was also one of the highest selling Australian albums in the early 1980s, with 6 million copies shipped in the US, Surprisingly, the disc also made it to No. The 1996 line up had Stephen Hadley on bass guitar and backing vocals ex-The Black Sorrows, ; Simon Hosford on guitar and backing vocals Colin Hay backing band ; and John Watson on drums The Black Sorrows. It's really about the plundering of the country by greedy people. The surprise was to see that actually any Men At Work song from the first two albums still can be a great live act, and by that I mean almost each one, surely from the first two, less so for the third, showing signs of departing ways among members and with a higher melancholic vein in it. " hitting the top 10 on radio stations in by May 1982. "Down by the Sea" Hay, Strykert, Ham, 6:53 2003 Remaster Bonus Tracks No. Episode — "My Hard Labor" as Troubador Performing "Down Under"• It was "self-financed" and appeared on their own independent, M. In August 2010, Hay performed in with a Los Angeles band named. In the United States, the song debuted on the on 6 November 1982 at No. "" Released: 6 June 1981• It spent an unprecedented 15 weeks at No. g Down Under; or at 'Performer:' Men at Work• In times where everybody around only "dug" the timeless hits without knowing they were timeless already then such as "Who Can It Be Now" and the piercingly iconic "Down Under" and the summery careless "Be Good Johnny" a total of three world hits from one first album. On 30 July, Justice Peter Jacobson of the Federal Court of Australia made a preliminary ruling that Larrikin did own copyright on the song, but the issue of whether or not Hay and Strykert had plagiarised the riff was set aside to be determined at a later date. It appeared in October that year and reached No. With the album only peaking at number 16, their success was soon short-lived as they hit a dry spell combined with declining popularity and record sales it forced the band to break up in 1986. ASP. He still, in spite of self irony, has a great voice, fitting most of the essentials of the songs that so much owed to its characteristic, personal finely grained coarse timbre. His solos show an intense concentration while the other members dance around and enjoy themselves. Despite not appearing in the top 100 on the Australian Singles Chart, by the end of that year the group had "grown in stature to become the most in-demand and highly paid, unsigned band of the year". In February 2010 the judge ruled that "Down Under" did contain a flute riff based on "Kookaburra" but stipulated that neither was it necessarily the hook nor a substantial part of the hit song Hay and Strykert had written the track years before the flute riff was added by Ham. The original band line-up split in two in 1984, with Speiser and Rees being asked to leave the group. Larrikin Music claimed that part of a flute riff from the band's 1981 single "Down Under" was copied from "Kookaburra" originally written by a music teacher, Marion Sinclair, who died in 1988. 2 on the Australian Kent Music Report Singles Chart in August that year. In December 2013, Hay announced on his website that he was done touring "for the time being" and would spend 2014 writing and recording. He switches seamlessly from flute to saxophone and again sets both the rhythm for the audience and the tempo for the band. "Underground" Released: 1982 Business as Usual is the debut by Australian band , which was released in November 1981 in Australia, and April 1982 in the United States. Larrikin Music subsequently decided to take legal action against Hay and Strykert, the song's writers. When you start out doing those tours, you start again [and] you tend not to attract a very big number of people. Speiser played drums for the band, The Afterburner. 1999 as Barry• It was a critical and commercial failure compared to their previous albums and only peaked at No. Hay's music has been frequently used by actor and director in his work, which helped a career rebirth in the mid-2000s. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Hay has also said that the lyrics were partly inspired by ' character , a comically stereotypical Australian who tours abroad. Formed in 1979 as an acoustic duo by Colin Hay vocals and Ron Strykert guitar in their hometown of Melbourne, the band soon expanded as the welcomed Jerry Speiser drums , Greg Ham flute and John Rees bass helping to realise their full potential with influence stemming from pivotal bands such as The Police. 2002 singing voice — uncredited• In January 1983, they were the first Australian artists to have a simultaneous No. For some, Larrikin's suit will be seen as a brazen and opportunistic attempt• [ ] Ham took the verdict particularly hard, feeling responsible for having performed the flute riff at the centre of the lawsuit and worried that he would only be remembered for copying someone else's music, resulting in depression and anxiety. Nathan D. 1997 as Jonah• By early 1986 the band was defunct and Hay started recording his first solo album, January 1987 , which had Alsop and Wackerman as session musicians. In August the group toured Canada and the US to promote the album and related singles, supporting. number of Australians, including Westwood, found this a bit much. 2012 as Tony Baker• They won the in 1983, they were inducted into the in 1994, and they have sold over 30 million albums worldwide. when Colin Hay—formerly of the group Men at Work—plays the Wilma Theatre with Patrolled by Radar• There is a delicacy about this music — and that is not a thing you can say about too many rock groups. Another energy bundle is Cecilia Noel, who dances and mimics stories of the songs while singing with a primary contribution to the vocal parts, she definitely adds a higher part for the scenic presence of the band. Around this time as a side project, keyboardist Greg Sneddon ex-Alroy Band. The revelation of "Kookaburra"'s copyright status, and more so the pursuit of royalties from it, has generated a negative response among sections of the Australian public. He expressed resentment towards Hay, mainly over royalties. Select albums in the Format field. It spent nine weeks at the top of the Australian Albums Chart from December 1981 through to March 1982. As record producer they used United States-born Peter McIan ,. Back in early 2009 the Australian music-themed TV quiz, , had posed a question which suggested that "Down Under" contained elements of "Kookaburra". British Phonographic Industry. Raffaele, Garry 25 January 1982. It had been produced by United States-based Peter McIan, who was also working on their debut album,. 2004• Fletcher, Alex 30 July 2009. 1983• Associated acts Members Jimmy Branly San Miguel Perez Yosmel Montejo Cecilia Noel Past members See: Men at Work are an Australian rock band formed in 1979 and best known for hits such as "" and "". Hay and Strykert formed the core of the band , with Hay on vocals, guitar and keyboards and Strykert on guitar, vocals and bass guitar. Stewart, Allison 28 April 2011. They were broadcast in Australia on both and and on in the US. Rees was a music teacher in Melbourne and also played the violin and bass guitar for the band Beggs 2 Differ. Retrieved on 17 March 2013• Cultural significance [ ] The song is a perennial favourite on Australian radio and , and topped the charts in the US and UK simultaneously in early 1983. - guitar, background vocals, lead vocal on track 11• "Down Under" gained international media exposure in September 1983 through television coverage of the Australian challenge for the yacht trophy in September 1983 when it was adopted as the theme song by the crew of the successful. The story is based in part on singer Colin Hay's own experiences, including a prominent reference to a sandwich a popular snack in Australia , which derived from an encounter, during Hay's travels abroad, with a baker who emigrated from. 31 on Billboard's Black Albums chart. It helps putting things into perspective, which to me gives even more a sense of vitality to the Men At Work part: it feels much more as something that is still here alive and still "rocks", not just an act for nostalgic teens from the Eighties. An even more emotional, soul revealing surprise, has been to hear myself singing basically each song from Men At Work all along, not even remembering when was last time I knew the lyrics: it was the case of "Children On Parade", a song that I had liked but very much forgotten. External links [ ]• Brenner - international manager• Archived from on 27 July 2012. In January 2016 he became a US citizen. Chris Johnston, "", The Sydney Morning Herald, 19 January 2013. Just the damn good old real thing. If reading about a Men At Work tour with a date at hand had been a nice surprise, the concert in Berlin, at the Columbia Theater, has been a greatly enjoyable one. Note: User may have to click 'Search again' and provide details at 'Enter a title:' e. He also has a residence in St Kilda, Melbourne. 1 for nine weeks and appearing in the top 50 for 118 weeks. Strykert relocated to Hobart in 2009 from Los Angeles, and continued to play music and released his first solo album, Paradise, in September that year. If necessary, click Advanced , then click Format , then select Single , then click SEARCH. The tour culminated in a performance in , which was recorded for the Brazilian release of a live album, Brazil '96, in 1997, which was co-produced by Hay and Ham for. Cover Illustration: Jon "JD" Dickson Charts [ ] Weekly charts [ ] Chart 1981—83 Peak position Australian 1 Canadian 1 2 16 Italian Albums Chart 5 3 1 1 15 1 US 1 15 Year-end charts [ ] Chart 1981 Position Australian Albums Chart 93 Chart 1982 Position 1 1 Chart 1983 Position 12 8 French Albums Chart 75 Italian Albums Chart 35 Japanese Albums Chart 26 UK Albums Chart 13 U. Indeed, the songs stood by themselves with little embellishment save for a bright, melodic, singalong quality". 2007• The production sound was low-key, but clean and uncluttered. Archived from PHP on 9 February 2012. Ham left during the band's time touring behind the album. Business as Usual was also released in October and went to No. Hilarious dancing and jumping breaks out on the stage while Greg skillfully handles his solos and sets a staccato beat for the clapping rhythm. Thinking back, the stage was definitely a tick too small, acoustics came too "burned" in some points, at least very near to the stage where I was. Parker, Lyndsey 4 February 2010. In response to unsourced speculation of a Welsh connection, Dr Rhidian Griffiths pointed out that the Welsh words to the tune were published in 1989, and musicologist Phyllis Kinney stated neither the song's metre nor its lines were typical Welsh. a former bandmate of Jerry Speiser, together with Speiser, Hay and Strykert performed and recorded the music to 'Riff Raff", a low budget stage musical, upon which Sneddon had worked. TV series 2002, 2007, 2009• Soon after a third guitarist, Colin Bayley , was added and Kennedy was replaced on drums by. He toured in support of the album throughout the US, UK and Australia. Listen to a clip from and read more about it on• Later career [ ] Following the breakup of Men at Work in 1985, Hay released several major solo albums, including and , to differing commercial success. 1 in November, where it remained for six weeks. "Touching the Untouchables" Hay, Strykert 3:41 9. Colin Hay made a guest appearance on. Vagg, Stephen 14 July 2019. The group released their debut album, , in 1981. [ ] Copyright lawsuit and the death of Greg Ham [ ] In February 2010 won a case against Hay and Strykert, their record label and music publishing company arising from the uncredited appropriation of "", originally written in 1932 by Marion Sinclair and for which Larrikin owned the publishing rights, as the flute line in the Men at Work song, "Down Under". Note: [on-line] version established at White Room Electronic Publishing Pty Ltd in 2007 and was expanded from the 2002 edition. Larrikin is entitled to recover damages• 1994• - , , , background vocals, lead vocals on tracks 5 and 11• Despite its strong Australian and New Zealand showing, and having an American producer McIan , Business as Usual was twice rejected by Columbia's US parent company. Arlington, Kim 5 February 2010. I'd play to a hundred people or sometimes less. Contents• Business as Usual was one of the most successful albums internationally by an Australian group. "Down Under", probably the most demanding tribute, has been arranged in an apparently less faithful arrangement, probably due to the unavoidable comparison with the playing and the presence of Greg Ham, as this was probably the song by which all of us might reminisce of Ham's stage presence he wasn't the author though. Hay has also stated that the same ominous sentiment lies behind the choral line, Can't you hear that thunder? 2002• Colin Hay performed "Down Under" in an advert for Australian telephone company supporting the. "Crazy" B-side from "Down Under" single Strykert 2:37 12. illustrates the stupidity and tragedy of copyright. Men at Work really didn't build a foundational audience. Archived from on 11 September 2012. 2006 as Fergus Flamingo voice• Archived from on 12 August 2015. Archived from on 15 March 2011. A great bass solo by Yosmel Montejo in the end cue of the almost Pink-Floydian "No Sign Of Yesterday", crispy guitar solos are there aplenty all over, provided by both the refined and tasteful guitarist Mr Hay himself and from young San Miguel Perez and a nice surprise again: a drum solo, by Jimmy Branly, all three member of the Los Angeles based band working at present with Hay. In addition to recording, Hay also established his own recording label, Lazy Eye Records, somewhat incorrectly named for his own divergent ocular condition , or divergent strabismus; the usage of lazy eye generally refers to. He settled in the region of the city and has resided in the United States since. Archived from on 30 September 2007. Lyrics [ ] The lyrics to "Down Under" depict an Australian man travelling the globe, who meets people who are interested in his home country. Colin Hay performed "Down Under" on for ' "'80s Weekend". On 27 January 2017, he released the first single, "A Thousand Million Reasons", from his album Fierce Mercy which was released on 3 March 2017. Hay has a brother who is a high school maths teacher. Malkin, Bonnie 30 July 2009. "Down Under" was ranked as the fourth song on the list. Archived from on 27 September 2013. Archived from on 24 April 2012. 1992• He continues to perform regularly, including playing some folk venues. In October "Who Can It Be Now? Ham remained musically active and played sax with the Melbourne-based group The Nudist Funk Orchestra until his death. 4 1999 as Gay Builder• Performing alongside of , of , , and over 70 members of the Orchestra and Girls Choir, the benefit helped to provide funds for the continuation of music education in public schools. Enter Business as Usual in the "Artiest of titel" box. Personnel [ ]• In May 2001, "Down Under" was listed at No. g Down Under; or at 'Performer:' Men at Work• The counsel for the band's record label and publishing company Sony BMG Music Entertainment and EMI Songs Australia claimed that, based on the agreement under which the song was written, the copyright was actually held by the. Archived from on 20 September 2010. claiming Larrikin doesn't actually have copyright to Kookaburra — the Girl Guides do. TV movie 1988 as Parker• That same year in Canada they were awarded a for "International LP of the Year". 1 on the US , while Canada was one single ahead with "Down Under" topping the Canadian charts that same month. History [ ] Origins [ ] The nucleus of Men at Work formed in Melbourne around June 1979 with on lead vocals and guitar, Ron Strykert on bass guitar, and on drums. During the recording of the Two Hearts album, Strykert decided to leave. Hay was the group's main songwriter both on his own, with Strykert, or with other bandmates. 1990• 2 on the Australian Singles Chart. Website Colin James Hay born 29 June 1953 is a Scottish—Australian musician, singer, songwriter, and actor. The band released their second album, , in April 1983, which also peaked at No. 8 on the Canadian Chart in July. The final Men at Work performances during 1985 had jazz saxophonist Paul Williamson The Black Sorrows , replacing Ham. By February the following year both "Down Under" and Business as Usual had reached No. Larrikin Music owns the copyright• One of their European tours for mid-2000 was cancelled and the group had disbanded by 2002, although Hay and Ham periodically reunited Men at Work with guest musicians including an appearance in February 2009, when they performed "Down Under" as a duo at the Australia Unites Victorian Bushfire Appeal Telethon. Their next single, "", was issued in Australia in April 1982 and reached No. "" Released: April 1982• Hay had asked Greg Ham to join the group, but Greg had hesitated, as he was finishing his music degree. Early life [ ] Hay was born in , , Scotland and emigrated to Australia with his family at age 14 in 1967. So she was really a great part of this record. She was a really great sounding board for me. Also in 2017, Hay released his first audio book, Aesop's Fables with Colin Hay, published by Devault-Graves Digital Editions, for which he narrated 24 of written by author Tom Graves. Men at Work 1979—86, 1995-present : Holmgren, Magnus; Warnqvist, Stefan. In June 2009, 28 years after the release of the recording, Larrikin Music sued Men At Work for copyright infringement, alleging that part of the flute riff of "Down Under" was copied from "Kookaburra". 21 September 2013 at the Retrieved 9 May 2012• Episode — "My Last Day" as Troubador Performing "Beautiful World"• Men at Work provide an explosive concert experience. This line-up achieved national and international success in the early 1980s. Hay had emigrated to Australia in 1967 from Scotland with his family. second American number one early in 1983 and it became the band's first British hit single; the song reached number one in both countries simultaneously. Hay and his band have rendered it impeccably in its heart melting glow of melancholy. This left Hay, Ham and Strykert. The band built a "grass roots" reputation as a band. Episode — "My Finale" as Troubador Cameo• After playing as an acoustic duo with during 1978—79, he formed the group with Strykert playing bass guitar, and on drums. On 4 August 2015, Colin Hay: Waiting for my Real Life, a documentary film about the singer, debuted at the Melbourne International Film Festival. Australian Chart Book 1970—1992 illustrated ed. - 2018 S2E4 as musician Rhys Barrett Performing "You Saved Me From Myself"• Retrieved 31 October 2020 — via World Radio History. g Who Can It Be Now; or at 'Performer:' Men at Work• ", SF Gate, 5:00 pm, Thursday, July 5, 2007. Colin Hay performed "Down Under" and "" on on the Fox network, 5 June 2009. Episode — "My Overkill" as Troubador Performing "Overkill"• Greg Ham sang the group's hit "Helpless Automaton" on in 2002. "Helpless Automaton" 3:23 Side two No. In the following month Business as Usual began a 15-week run at No. The vocal harmonization in an otherwise staccato song leaves me in awe of the bands talent. Four tracks were released as singles, "" May 1985 , "Man with Two Hearts", "Maria" August , and "Hard Luck Story" October ; only the lead single charted in Australia No. There are a few lights high above the band shedding small swaths of coloured light onto the band. Hay released his 10th album, "", on 18 August 2009 on. 1 on the respective — the latter was the first Australian album to reach that peak in New Zealand. It entered the US charts at No. The most well known version was then released on Columbia in 1981 as the third single from their debut album 1981. Episode No. 1 in January 1983 where it spent four non-consecutive weeks. "People Just Love to Play with Words" Strykert 3:33 7. Dingle, Sarah 4 February 2010. The group's first single with CBS Records in Australia "", was released in June 1981 which reached No. So she was great to bounce ideas off. 1 December 2009. Spencer, Chris; Nowara, Zbig; McHenry, Paul 2002 [1987]. Next Year People 2015• She's a really good producer in the sense that she's very musical and has a great sense of song structure and so forth. Archived from on 23 October 2013. 1996 as Zac• In October 2011, the band lost its final court bid when the refused to hear an appeal. Soon after the release of Two Hearts, Ham left also, leaving Hay as the sole remaining member. , I found that "Touching The Untouchables", "Down By The Sea", "No Restriction", "No Sign Of Yesterday" to name just a few, had a depth of lyricism, musical and instrumental strength that could score well onto any prog-rock "refinement" scale. only ones making money out of this fight are the lawyers. Men at Work played this song in the of the in Sydney, alongside other Australian artists. "Who Can It Be Now? It was a song about the loss of spirit in that country. In 1978, he had formed an acoustic duo with Strykert, which expanded by mid-1979 with the addition of Speiser. There is a delicacy about this music — and that is not a thing you can say about too many rock groups". In February 2010, a court ruled in favour of Larrikin Music. References [ ]• Russell Deppeler - , calculator• " The answer, "", a song whose rights were owned by , resulted in phone calls and emails to Larrikin the next day. Their next single was a re-arranged and "popified" version of "Down Under". In the United States, the rights are administered by Music Sales Corporation in New York City. Sections of the flute part of the recording of the song were found to be based on "Kookaburra", written in 1932 by Marion Sinclair. Its founding member was on lead vocals and guitar. Hay and Ham hired new bandmates, to tour in support of Two Hearts, with Alsop and Kennedy joined by James Black on guitar and keyboards ,. By January 1983 Men at Work had the top album and single in both the US and the UK — never previously achieved by an Australian act.。 。 。 。 。

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