Colin Hay: From the Land Down Under to Town Hall

April 25th, 2012

Colin Hay was born in Scotland in 1953, and if he’d lived the rest of his life there, you might not have ever heard his music. But he moved to Australia with his family when he was 14 and met Ron Strykert 11 years later. The two began playing acoustic music together before forming Men at Work in 1979. And with the release of Business as Usual, which spawned the smash hits “Who Can It Be Now” and “Down Under,” the group became international superstars. However, like so many bands before them, it wasn’t meant to last. Hay was undeterred after Men at Work broke up and he’s steadily worked ever since. His 11th studio album, Gathering Mercury, came out last year, and Colin Hay (above, performing “Overkill” for Park City Television) plays Town Hall on Friday.