Decades before the Garden State soundtrack was even a twinkle in Zach Braff’s eye, Australian new-wave band Men At Work topped international charts with their flute-laden single “Down Under.” This anthem of Australian patriotism came to be known as the hallmark of the band’s short stint in the early eighties. But instead of being pigeonholed by initial success like so many of his contemporaries, frontman Colin Hay continued to grow as an artist after the break-up and has released numerous solo records
For the second night in a row, the Man At Work played to a sold-out crowd at City Winery in Hudson Square. As Hay performed, the audience, which was brimming with devotees, sang along with oldies and newies alike. In addition to the interactivity through music, Hay shared deeply personal anecdotes as well as side-splitting digressions between numbers. “People on cocaine hate my show,” said the songwriter in regards to his lengthy asides. Before performing his song “I Just Don’t Think I’ll Get Over You,” Hay told the attentive crowd his two favorite things in the world: getting money in the mail (in the form of Garden State royalty checks) and getting desired results after a colonoscopy. While I’m sure a large portion of the audience would agree with the latter, many added “seeing Colin Hay in concert” to the list after last night.
Article by: Bobby Lewis