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Interview:
Men At Work days still a fond memory for Colin Hay
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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Men At Work broke up in 1985, but the Australian group made enough impact with its key hits — “Who Could It Be Now” and “Down Under” — that the 30th anniversary is an occasion to mark.

“It feels like 30 years, definitely,” says Hay, 58, a Scottish native who co-founded the group during 1979 in Melbourne. He launched a solo career in 1987 and has released 11 albums since, with plans to start a new project this summer to follow 2011’s “Gathering Mercury.”

“When I play the music it doesn’t feel like that long ago. Those songs stand up pretty well; there really isn’t a time attached to them. I’ve never really stopped playing the songs, so they still sound quite present to me,” Hay said, adding he is “proud to have been part of that and proud to still play them.”

“They’re big songs. They’ve been very good to me. They put food on the table, so you have to have respect for those things.”

Hay says respect for Men At Work’s legacy will also prevent the band from ever reuniting in the wake of woodwinds player Greg Ham’s death on April 19. No cause has been announced, but Hay says Ham, who was 58, was still feeling down about a lawsuit that determined part of the “Down Under” flute part was lifted from the Australian standard “Kookaburra.” The court rewarded the current copyright holder 5 percent of royalties from 2002.

“It’s a horrible thing,” Hay says. “Of course it was a surprise ... just at the moment really frustrating more than anything because he’s not here anymore. The court case really did a number on him; he bought into something which was not true, that he would be remembered mostly for copying something, which indeed is not the case.

And since Greg’s gone, there’s nothing we can or should do with Men At Work. It would be pointless because he’s not here. It would be a mockery, so it’ll never happen.”

Colin Hay performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 19, and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at the Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Saturday is sold out. Tickets for Sunday’s show are $20. Call 734-761-1451 or visit www.theark.org.

Web Site: www.theark.org

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