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Going Somewhere

by Colin Hay

The 6th album from Men At Work lead singer Colin Hay was recorded in response to fan requests for an acoustic album as close to his live show as possible. This is it.
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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1. Beautiful World
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2. Looking For Jack
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3. Going Somewhere
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4. Wayfaring Sons
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5. Children On Parade
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6. My brilliant Feat
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7. Waiting For My Real Life To Begin
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8. Don't Wait Up
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9. Lifeline
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10. Circles Erratica
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11. Water Song
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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 his soon to be released electric CD "Company Of Strangers."

Playing solo plants his feet, connects him to his audience, and lets them connect to him. An acoustic evening with Colin Hay means rediscovering the bare essentials--one guitar (sometimes two), and one voice. Transporting when he sings, hilarious when he talks, he expresses what we all share, the peaks and valleys of our lives.

In 1978 Colin Hay and Ron Strykert formed the nucleus of what was to become Men At Work. No one could have predicted that this Australian rock band would sell 10 million copies of one album 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.

"I have played that song with all kinds of musicians, in all kinds of configurations, it always works, as ultimately, it is a song of celebration." This single and its album stayed at #1 on the American charts for 16 weeks until they were 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 title track was inspired by a brief meeting with Jack Nicholson and still enjoys airplay worldwide. Looking For Jack's lead single, "Hold Me," hit the US Top 100. The fine music continued with the Celtic-influenced Wayfaring Sons, 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.

Then 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." This return to the full band sound was further developed on "Transcendental Highway," and released to much acclaim in 1998, nominated for an ARIA award, and was supported by tours of the U.S., Canada, Germany and Australia. Songs from the well-received 2001 acoustic CD "Going Somewhere" are featured on the TV shows Dawson's Creek, Judging Amy, and the new hit show Scrubs. Both "Beautiful World" and "Overkill" (acoustic version) are featured on the Scrubs soundtrack, set for a September 2002 US release (Hollywood Records). Of the acoustic CD "Going Somewhere" Colin says, "I received so many requests to record an album that's as close to my live show as possible. So here it is."

Traveling the world, Colin continues to win audiences with moving lyrics and hilarious insights into an absolutely unique career and life. Complementing his live performing, Colin has been based in Los Angeles for the past ten years, and regularly works as an actor. Throughout the 1980's he appeared in numerous Australian films. He's played a drugged-out musician in Mark Joffe's Cosi, acted alongside Russell Crowe in Heaven's Burning, and appeared in The Craic, starring the Irish comedian Jimeion.

Since 1996, Men At Work's Colin Hay and Greg Ham have toured extensively throughout South and Central America, the USA, Canada, and Japan. Their fan base continues to grow to this day. A performing peak would have to be Men At Work's show at the 2000 Olympics to an estimated audience of 3 billion worldwide . When asked if he gets confused as to whether he's playing a solo or a Men At Work show, Colin replied "I throw a pick into the audience. If the front row fights for it, I know it's a Men At Work show. If one person picks it up and hands it to me, I know I'm on my own."

"What I am most excited about, is my new album, "Company of Strangers," due for imminent release, and my new electric band. In many ways it feels like it's the first album I've ever made. It's not, but it feels like it is. The title track came from the realization that 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 what lies ahead."

Colin Hay has cemented his legend in the realms of songwriting and performing. Of his imminent return to Australia as a solo, acoustic guitarist/singer/songwriter he observes, "I started off playing acoustic; it's my natural game, if you will. It's a point I started from, and may well be the point I end with. It's always the point I return to."


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Great Stuff...
I really enjoy this album. I saw Colin when he did the Scrubs episode. I then made the Men At Work connection.

I have always been keen on acoustic albums. This one is just great.

Jonathan Good

This CD is almost too good!
Have you ever gotten a new CD and you couldn't stop playing it because it is just too good? This is one of those. Everything you liked about Men at Work was probably Colin Hay. This was really an excellent find. I hope he does more like it.

CD Baby

Once again, we're more than thrilled to bring you an original, independently released album from Colin Hay, lead singer of your old time favorite band, Men At Work. In response to fan requests for an acoustic album as close to his live show as possible, Colin, once again, goes way beyond the call of duty and brings equal passion and conviction to this album with so much gusto that you'll start to wonder where the microphones are hidden.

Jose Gomez-Acebo Gasset

Colin come to Spain!!!
Please, Colin, please!!!! Come to Spain!!! We adore you.


Colin Hay's voice is one of a kind
Going Somewhere really shows the uniqueness of Colins voice. It is a very chill cd. Great cd to put in and have as background music. I highly recommend this cd.


Fantastic music
This is a fantastic CD... just stick it in, hit shuffle and you're guaranteed to land on a great song.

Jeremiah Tabor

Very Enjoyable
My second Colin Hay album and still not disapointed one bit. His songs are catchy and fun to listen too.


Top aussie effort
A top class effort - uplifting and tearjerking at the same time. Great stuff Colin!


This album is a solid 5 stars.
I've seen Colin Hay live at Largo in LA. If you get a chance, go see him in this surprisingly intimate club. This album does a remarkable job at capturing the mood of his live performance. His voice is both tender and powerful. My brother-in-law turned me on to this album and it's amazing. Every song is a gem. Over the past few months I've let friends listen to this CD and everyone has the same reaction - "can I get a copy?".


Cuts Deep
It's been a long time since I heard Colin Hay's voice (think Men at Work), but upon hearing a song during an episode of Scrubs, I had to get this cd. It does not disappoint. His crackling voice was made for this all acoustic cd. There's not a weak song in the bunch. A very moody cd that cuts deep. Big ups!!!
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