When I was 14, I was a die hard Men At Work fan. I had the tee shirt, the poster, the magazines. I spent every weekend at my friend Tracey's house so I could watch MTV nonstop. (They were one of the first MTV darlings, for those of you under 25 years of age.) I played BUSINESS AS USUAL in a continuous loop every waking moment. Now that I think of it, I believe I played it while I slept. You get the picture, right? Loved Colin Hay!
Fast forward 25 years later. I am rediscovering Colin Hay's music. I am fascinated by the way some of his tunes (OVERKILL being the obvious example) have stood the test of time. I still love the song, and not just with a heart of nostalgia, but with a more mature understanding of the lyrics. (Day after day it reappears/Night after night my heartbeat shows the fear/ Ghosts appear and fade away) His vocals are just as haunting as they were years ago. There is a narrative quality in his songwriting that takes the listener on a journey. (When I awoke today, suddenly nothing happened / But in my dreams, I slew the dragon / And down this beaten path, and up this cobbled lane / I'm walking in my old footsteps, once again)
At the end of this month, Jason & I will be traveling to see Colin Hay live in Knoxville. I have high expectations of this show. I hope the 14 year old in me isn't disappointed.