Colin Hay | Company Of Strangers

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Company Of Strangers

by Colin Hay

Lead singer/guitarist of Men At Work, Colin Hay, concocts a powerful blend of acoustic guitars, rock and R&B styles, lush string arrangements, storytelling lyrics and of course distinctive vocal melodies on this his 7th solo album.
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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1. I Got Woken Up
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2. Small Town Big Hell
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3. Lucky Bastard
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4. Company of Strangers
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5. No Win Situation
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6. Dear J
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7. Small Price to Be Free
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8. How Long Will It Last
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9. Lifeline
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10. Don't Wait Up
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11. Beautiful World
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
COLIN HAY
In 1967, Colin Hay was 14 years old, traveling by ship through the Suez Canal from Scotland to Australia. He played some acoustic guitar, sang a song, and told some stories. He did that then, and he does that now. This is the thread that runs through all his work for the last 25 years--from the multi-platinum award-winning Men At Work, to the beloved solo acoustic release "Going Somewhere", and the recently released CD "Man@Work", on Compass Records. Transporting when he sings, hilarious when he talks, he expresses what we all share - the peaks and valleys of our lives.
In 1979, the nucleus of Men At Work formed. No one predicted that this Australian rock band would sell many millions of albums and win the 1982 Grammy Award for Best New Artist. From that album --Business As Usual, "Who Can It Be Now" topped the charts in Australia, Europe, Canada, Japan, South and Central America, and the USA. The single "Down Under" hit #1 in dozens of countries, and has become one of the most iconographic Australian pop songs of all time.
This single and its album stayed at #1 on the American charts for 16 weeks until they were finally dethroned by Michael Jackson's "Thriller." The success of Cargo, their next CD, overlapped with the first and kept them in the spotlight through 1983-84. It spawned the hits "Overkill," "It's A Mistake," and "Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jive." Two Hearts, released in 1985, went gold in the US and included the hit "Everything I Need." In 1994 Men At Work were inducted into the ARIA Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
In 1987 Colin released his debut solo album, "Looking For Jack". The lead single, "Hold Me," hit the US Top 100. In 1990, the album "Wayfaring Sons", was released, featuring the single "Into My Life,' which was a huge hit in Brazil, resulting in Colin being invited in 1991 to play at the now legendary Rock in Rio, alongside Prince and Joe Cocker, to 150,000 people. Soon after, came the acclaimed solo acoustic record "Peaks & Valleys". Colin formed his own label, Lazy Eye Records in 1994, and released his 4th solo CD, "Topanga", followed by "Transcendental Highway", nominated for an Australian ARIA award. Songs from the much loved 2001 acoustic CD "Going Somewhere" have been featured on the TV shows Dawson's Creek, Judging Amy, and Scrubs (which also featured the songs Beautiful World and Overkill on the Scrubs soundtrack). Based in LA for the last 15 years, Colin has made many television guest appearances, on such shows as Late Night with David Letterman, Late Late Show with Craig Kilburn, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and the brilliant Larry Sanders Show.
From 1996 until 2002, Men At Work's Colin Hay and Greg Ham toured extensively throughout South and Central America, the USA, Canada, and Japan. In 2000, the group performed "Down Under" at the closing ceremony of the Sydney Olympics to an estimated audience of 3 billion worldwide. In the summer of 2003, Colin celebrated his latest CD "Man@Work" released on Compass Records, and was also invited to tour as part of the much celebrated Ringo Starr All Starr Band.
Complementing his live performing, Colin has appeared in several films over the years, including Mark Joffe's Cosi, and Heaven's Burning, with Russell Crowe.
In 2004, Colin completed a highly successful two week run of his one man show "Man@Work", at the Village Theatre in New York City, and continued touring this show, taking in the Aspen ands Montreal Comedy Festivals, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Ireland, the UK, Canada, the US, and Australia.
Most recently Colin's song "I Just Don't think I'll Ever Get Over You", (originally appearing on "Transcendental Highway") is part of the phenomenally successful soundtrack to the motion picture "Garden State" which won the 2005 Grammy award for best soundtrack.
This year finds Colin again working on a new album, due for release sometime this year, and a US tour planned for the summer and fall.
Traveling the world, Colin continues to win audiences with moving lyrics and hilarious insights into an absolutely unique career and life. "On a nightly basis the audience and I share time, space, and secrets. Then we move on with our lives. But, the good ones stay with me, and give purpose to the road ahead."


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Scott Miller

Super!!!!
Not the same guy I remember. Looking into more of Colin's stuff. Really enjoyed the change.

Steve Bruns

So much more talent than we saw in the 80's
Company of Strangers displays Colin Hay's soulful, thoughtful ***and suprisingly melodic*** songwrinting skills. This album is lush without overpowering the simple, direct sentiments. Not what I expected, seeing Colin live and hearing his previous effort "Going Somewhere," a spare CD with just Colin and his guitar. Standout tracks: Lifeline (a pop "my life is hell" ballad)and Lucky Bastard (a fun bar tune). Other notable tracks: No Win Situation, Dear J, Beautiful World. The only clunker in the group is Don't Wait Up, a song with great music, and woefully unsubtle lyrics. Otherwise, a fine, fine cd.

Nicole Wells

Now I remember why I love music.
Having been recently too often disappointed with popular music, I had almost forgotten the overwhelming, instantaneous rush of emotion that is possible when a song, the voice and the music, simply envelope me and carry me into its midst. Now I remember why I love music. Colin Hay delivers an incredible intensity with a deceptive simplicity in which I could stay happily lost forever.

CD Baby


Having grown up in the 80's, I have to gush about this album. From the lead singer and guitarist of Men at Work, one of the bands whose sound calls to mind all kinds of poignant pubescent memories, this effort is no exception to Colin's long track record of quality, powerful, sonic pop that sways the soul like waves to a buoy. Ahh, what a way to marinate in a gloriously rich and juicy sound that is both a little 80's and current at the same time. And I just love this guy's voice!

Tamara Turner

Quality, powerful, sonic pop that sways the soul like waves to a buoy.
Having grown up in the 80's, I have to gush about this album. From the lead singer and guitarist of Men at Work, one of the bands whose sound calls to mind all kinds of poignant pubescent memories, this effort is no exception to Colin's long track record of quality, powerful, sonic pop that sways the soul like waves to a buoy. Ahh, what a way to marinate in a gloriously rich and juicy sound that is both a little 80's and current at the same time. And I just love this guy's voice!

mike hudson

music 2 my ears
pleasing 2 my ears but i would expect that from colin any way bloody good stuff keep it comming from mike colins biggest fan

John Bartus (another CD Baby artist!)

My My My What A Beautiful CD!
Wow! This CD is absolutely incredible! Not one ounce of filler to be found! Sorry about all the exclamation points, but it's been a long time since a CD of new music has blown me away like this one has. Great songs, wonderful production -- it's clear that Mr. Hay has been one busy Man At Work. Now I have to go buy all his other CDs... trust me -- you'll enjoy this one!

Chris Myers

Keep them coming, Colin!!!
Anything from Colin is great, this CD included. I prefer him unplugged and live, but this one is definitely worth the price of admission.

Tim

Nothing but the best
Colin pleases everytime...thank you Colin for many years of
music and smiles..until then...Tim (Sacramento)

curtis lawson

Unbelieveable Talent!
This guy is just fantastic! I have managed to collect almost all of his work to date and am amazed by his talent. What is more amazing is his lack of popularity in the u.s.a. A REAL GEM!!!!!!
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