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Colin Hay — Down Under
Album: Man At Work
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Total ratings: 841









Released: 2003
Length: 3:28
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Traveling in a fried-out combie
On a hippie trail, head full of zombie
I met a strange lady, she made me nervous
She took me in and gave me breakfast
And she said,

"Do you come from a land down under?
Where women glow and men plunder?
Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder?
You better run, you better take cover."

Buying bread from a man in Brussels
He was six foot four and full of muscles
I said, "Do you speak-a my language?"
He just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich
And he said,

I come from a land down under
Where beer does flow and men chunder
Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder?
You better run, you better take cover

Lying in a den in Bombay
With a slack jaw, and not much to say
I said to the man, "Are you trying to tempt me
Because I come from the land of plenty?
And he said

Oh! Do you come from a land down under? (oh yeah yeah)
Where women glow and men plunder?
Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder?
You better run, you better take cover
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 Tylor wrote:
This most execellent tune is even better like this. Acoustic.
 

Such a great rendition
Last night Bill played another track from this album (one can't erased that cover from memory...).  It was quite unremarkable and carried all the hallmark of a Skip Forward song.

This one is kinda fun, a good cover, better than the original (or I'm just sick of hearing it).


>>>  No background check prior to posting, ...I think this is the cover!
 MojoJojo wrote:
Some day I'd like to chunder.
 
According to the Urban Dictionary:
Chunder means to be sick, it originates from old seafaring days when sailors would get seasick and stick their head out of the porthole in their cabin.
Some day I'd like to chunder.
 realsleep wrote:
Please, though, can we just change the cover-art image?  I can't look at it anymore.
 
Indeed, it's awful.
 Sloggydog wrote:
He lost a lot of money for being called on sampling Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree in this song and I feel for the guy.  As an Aussie ex-pat I stand by this ultimate piece of jingoistic Aussie cheese.  I freakin love it.

PS Don't bring up the inferior Marmite in the presence of Australians who know the wonders of Vegemite
 
Apparently, not "a lot". Well, depends upon our interpretation of "a lot". The court wanted up to 60% of the royalties, which would have been nuts. A judge decided it would be 5% dating back to 2002 and any future royalties. Still, a chunk of money for anyone. All for the silly riff of the flute. Weird.


He lost a lot of money for being called on sampling Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree in this song and I feel for the guy.  As an Aussie ex-pat I stand by this ultimate piece of jingoistic Aussie cheese.  I freakin love it.

PS Don't bring up the inferior Marmite in the presence of Australians who know the wonders of Vegemite
I'm missing those high notes alot that he used to do!!!! 
I like this stripped down version.  Colin Hay's live version of this is even more bare, and I like it even more!

Please, though, can we just change the cover-art image?  I can't look at it anymore.
I like the original version better. The understated treatment in this version doesn't suit the material.
Terrible album cover; great album!{#Lol}
good
Loved the original Men At Work version and this one is a new take on an old song. Like it. A Lot! {#Meditate}
*love*

can't wait to see him do his live acoustic set when he comes to Raleigh in March— 
{#Dance}
 fredriley wrote:

Speak for yourself, mate! Even the smell of the stuff makes me retch. I remember being at school at the tender age of 6 and the teachers insisted that we eat Marmite, and when I point-blank refused they threatened me with no jam until I ate my Marmite. As a result I spent a year without jam, and pretty damn hungry too. They assumed it was just obstinacy, and they were so wrong.

Can you have a childhood trauma caused by a bread spread? In my case you can :(

 
Oh dear, and reading your song comments I thought your taste was pretty good. It seems I was mistaken. I'm not sure you deserve to live so close to the holy city of Burton-on-Trent. All hail to the King of Savoury Spreads!

Last week I saw an amazing band called the McLovins at the Gathering of the Vibes.  They encored with this...

https://www.archive.org/download/mclovins2010-07-31.mclovins2010-07-31.octava-sbd-mix.flac16/mclovins2010-07-31d1t10.mp3
Wow, he very nearly makes this in to a good song!
That's another 5% for these gold-diggers...
 handyrae wrote:
This version is great. I'm enjoying the more laid back vibe.
 
Agreed. nice rhythm.

 DaveInVA wrote:
To slow for me, like the original much better
 
He's older now, give him a break....{#Lol}

NYC, Canal Room, Colin Hay, 2 by ~severfire
©2007-2010 ~severfire

Remeber Men at Work? :D


 SparkyMarky wrote:
I rather liked it too oddly enough. And marmite - look -it's is a must have for us Brits.You have to have JUST the right amount on your toast, not too much, not too little.
 
Speak for yourself, mate! Even the smell of the stuff makes me retch. I remember being at school at the tender age of 6 and the teachers insisted that we eat Marmite, and when I point-blank refused they threatened me with no jam until I ate my Marmite. As a result I spent a year without jam, and pretty damn hungry too. They assumed it was just obstinacy, and they were so wrong.

Can you have a childhood trauma caused by a bread spread? In my case you can :(

This is a joke, right?
This version is great. I'm enjoying the more laid back vibe.
To slow for me, like the original much better
i just had vegemite for the first time last week... i liked it. it tasted like 'Better Than Boullion'.  of course.. i wouldn't really eat it straight, but i'd make a soup base with it
What's up with his eyes?
One of my favorite 80's songs of all time... the original of course.
Nice but it's hard to beat the original.
 Poacher wrote:
Marmite = good. Vegemite = Bad.
 
After exhaustive testing, I think Vegemite is better than Marmite, and I'm afraid Tim Tams outscore Penguins < aet >

Kraft bought Vegemite and launched a new variant product which is 50% salt and 50% dreck: read more here 

What can you expect from a country where Oreos are the number one biscuit? 
 SparkyMarky wrote:
I rather liked it too oddly enough. And marmite - look -it's is a must have for us Brits.You have to have JUST the right amount on your toast, not too much, not too little.
 
that sounds very british, like vegemite sounds very australian(ish) ? (I am from Germany, where is no ...mite)!

Judging from the negative comments on here, these folks have never had a head full of zombie.
Marmite = good. Vegemite = Bad.

Pointless.
I rather liked it too oddly enough. And marmite - look -it's is a must have for us Brits.You have to have JUST the right amount on your toast, not too much, not too little.
 Peace_tode wrote:
What is the point of doing ANY more versions of this song?

You know what they say,"You just can't polish a turd".
 
This does not seem to stop producers of pop pablum from getting large sums of money to perform this service.
I have to admit that the lyrics somehow catch on me....
Americas fascination with Australia has gone with the 80s...slowing it down and going acoustic doesn't make this song any better
 fredriley wrote:
Yeesh! This song was f*ckin' awful when it first emerged and stayed at No. 1 for a seeming eternity, and hasn't improved with age. And if Vegemite is the same as Marmite, which seems to be the case from the comments, then I'd rather eat termite paste. 1 for the song, -10exp10 for Marmite/Vegemite.
  I'm with you on the Vegemite and Marmite.  Not the same but it's hard to decide which is more horrible.  I like the song though.  This version is pretty cool


Colin Hay covering Colin Hay...what the hay?
Boring
Kinda fun.
Not my favorite MAW cover that Colin does on this CD (that would be "Overkill"), but I like this version, after hearing it a few times. A friend of mine is going to see him this week (I think) somewhere in or near Cincinnati.
Bland version, the original was much more catchy and funny (and the corresponding video a must for the kitsch and crap, but what a laugh!)
Yeesh! This song was f*ckin' awful when it first emerged and stayed at No. 1 for a seeming eternity, and hasn't improved with age. And if Vegemite is the same as Marmite, which seems to be the case from the comments, then I'd rather eat termite paste. 1 for the song, -10exp10 for Marmite/Vegemite.
Diggin this version, nice!
{#Meditate}
 Peace_tode wrote:

You know what they say,"You just can't polish a turd".
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBj6PonX14A

...or maybe you can
La La La... Hum Hum Hum {#Whistle}

What is the point of doing ANY more versions of this song?

You know what they say,"You just can't polish a turd".
 islander wrote:
Fantastic music. Awful cover art.
 
Like a bad postage stamp (the cover art, that is).

Fantastic music. Awful cover art.

I prefer this to the original


This song is Vegimite! I don't care if it's performed by Men At Work or Man At Work...it's had WAY too much airtime!!!!!

And yes, the photo DOES make Colin look like a dork. Could it be.....?

 handyrae wrote:
Do you think he saw the CD cover before it was released? It really makes him look like a dork (not a word I use much, but I think it fits).
 
nah - i don't think he saw it
{#Cowboy}

Do you think he saw the CD cover before it was released? It really makes him look like a dork (not a word I use much, but I think it fits).
joshfm wrote:
He's riding the one-hit-wonder wave like some surfer on LSD.
Not really.
Colin is playing here tonight in SB.
Colin is Scottish. Bio
Nice album!
EssexTex wrote:
Only like 3 Aussie singers, Colin, Rolf, and Bon
If Colin Hay is "Australian" then shurely Rolf is "English"? Can't have it both ways, me old China!
Wizzuvv_oz wrote:
If you don't like eating it, you can use it for bacterial growth medium. The E. coli LOVE it! It's the best smelling stuff in Luria broth but that is really not saying much
Then I'd guess, based on a wasted afternoon pouring LB agar plates, that you want to keep it away from fruit flies, too!
The song: 8 Vegimite: :puke:
Wizzuvv_oz wrote:
If you don't like eating it, you can use it for bacterial growth medium. The E. coli LOVE it! It's the best smelling stuff in Luria broth but that is really not saying much
Brilliant for mouth ulcers too. A friend told me alright?
Oh, no, not this guy again. He's riding the one-hit-wonder wave like some surfer on LSD. It never ends.
I do not know which I enjoy more, listening to this song or reading the hilarious Vegemite discussion. But why choose, when you can do both at the same time! :lol:
Only like 3 Aussie singers, Colin, Rolf, and Bon
MrCaps wrote:
It's possibly an acquired taste but it is nice and it is very good for you. It's basically yeast extract. It came about as a beer by-product. A local brewer was producing so much of the stuff as a leftover from the brewing process that they decided to find an alternative use for it rather than just throwing it. It's the sediment that collects at bottom of your home-brew. Now here's something that sounds disgusting at first but is absolutely delicious: Vegitmite Recipe: 1) Toast some Bread. 2) Smear some Vegimite on it (I like lots). 3) Place a poached egg on top of that (soft runny centre). 4) Place some tomato sauce on that (ketchup to the majority of you). 5) Prepare for gastro orgasm. The kiwis, typically copied it, called their puke Marmite and laid claim to it :)
If you don't like eating it, you can use it for bacterial growth medium. The E. coli LOVE it! It's the best smelling stuff in Luria broth but that is really not saying much
MrCaps wrote:
It's possibly an acquired taste but it is nice and it is very good for you. It's basically yeast extract. It came about as a beer by-product. A local brewer was producing so much of the stuff as a leftover from the brewing process that they decided to find an alternative use for it rather than just throwing it. It's the sediment that collects at bottom of your home-brew. Now here's something that sounds disgusting at first but is absolutely delicious: Vegitmite Recipe: 1) Toast some Bread. 2) Smear some Vegimite on it (I like lots). 3) Place a poached egg on top of that (soft runny centre). 4) Place some tomato sauce on that (ketchup to the majority of you). 5) Prepare for gastro orgasm. The kiwis, typically copied it, called their puke Marmite and laid claim to it :)
I use to work for a company that started in Sydney. They moved here to the US and they had a vegemite eating contest. It was only for US employees. I came in second. It was quite possibly the worse thing I have ever tried. I had that taste in my mouth for at least two days. yuck yuck yuck... :puke:
:cheesygrin:
MrCaps wrote:
It's possibly an acquired taste but it is nice and it is very good for you. It's basically yeast extract. It came about as a beer by-product. A local brewer was producing so much of the stuff as a leftover from the brewing process that they decided to find an alternative use for it rather than just throwing it. It's the sediment that collects at bottom of your home-brew. Now here's something that sounds disgusting at first but is absolutely delicious: Vegitmite Recipe: 1) Toast some Bread. 2) Smear some Vegimite on it (I like lots). 3) Place a poached egg on top of that (soft runny centre). 4) Place some tomato sauce on that (ketchup to the majority of you). 5) Prepare for gastro orgasm. The kiwis, typically copied it, called their puke Marmite and laid claim to it :)
Yep, you could say it's whiteman's miso. Promite is good too, a vegetable/yeast facsimile.
Having seen the original "video" - on film that is, in a movie theater, in about 1982, where the entire audience was going ... "what? what is this, a preview?" - because we had never seen a "music video" before.... in a theater or on a television. I can safely say this is better than the original. By a bunch.
GChevy410 wrote:
Cool cover - Cuckaburro sitting in an old gum tree Cuckaburro merry merry king of the bush is he I give it an 8...why not.
Cheers mate, it's kookaburra. He's good solo live too.
nigelr wrote:
Major improvement on the original!
No just different. Two different moods. The original is - or was - an MTV staple and is for many inextricably linked to those days. This version echoes that but it's a very distant echo. I still can't escape the visual of the Vegemite sandwich, for example. I kind of like this one.
Nice, mellow version. But I still like the MAW better.
Mmm. Groovy.
h2o wrote:
I think I like this version better than MAW
haha, I actually was about to say the same thing...something about the laid back nature of it seems more fitting. :bounce:
Cool cover - kookaburra sitting in an old gum tree kookaburra merry merry king of the bush is he I give it an 8...why not. (edited due to above post, thanks)
redeyespy wrote:
Better than adaquate, but still just makes it. I love Men at Work and Hay's other solo offerings, though.
I think I like this version better than MAW
Better than adaquate, but still just makes it. I love Men at Work and Hay's other solo offerings, though.
~Michelle~ wrote:
Back when this song first came out, it was so over-played, it is refreshing to hear this version of the song!
Yes, it is a nice version.
Back when this song first came out, it was so over-played, it is refreshing to hear this version of the song!
phaedra wrote:
Go Vegemite, go Aussies! People who don't lik eVegemite don't know how to eat it properly. A tiny smudge on toasted white bread with heaps of margarine people!! :)
Sounds like an ad for heart disease and diabetes, there, mate
Hummus is made out of ground chick peas. What is marmite made from? Better take cover bitch!!
Major improvement on the original!
MrCaps wrote:
Vegitmite Recipe: 1) Toast some bread. 2) Smear some vegimite on it (I like lots). 3) Place a poached egg on top of that (soft runny centre). 4) Place some tomato sauce on that (ketchup to the majority of you). 5) Prepare for gastro orgasm.
Sounds brilliant - I'll try it with Marmite soon. Another great one is to make a toasted sandwich with Marmite and Cheddar cheese. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it.
mizcoinn wrote:
it's a vegamite sandwich...that nasty yeasty condiment that they like down there!
It's possibly an acquired taste but it is nice and it is very good for you. It's basically yeast extract. It came about as a beer by-product. A local brewer was producing so much of the stuff as a leftover from the brewing process that they decided to find an alternative use for it rather than just throwing it. It's the sediment that collects at bottom of your home-brew. Now here's something that sounds disgusting at first but is absolutely delicious: Vegitmite Recipe: 1) Toast some Bread. 2) Smear some Vegimite on it (I like lots). 3) Place a poached egg on top of that (soft runny centre). 4) Place some tomato sauce on that (ketchup to the majority of you). 5) Prepare for gastro orgasm. The kiwis, typically copied it, called their puke Marmite and laid claim to it :)
phaedra wrote:
Go Vegemite, go Aussies! People who don't lik eVegemite don't know how to eat it properly. A tiny smudge on toasted white bread with heaps of margarine people!! :)
Let's hear it for Marmite, too. One of the best meals of my life was Marmite on toast after waking up from a general anaesthetic, having been nil by mouth for 24 hours. Yum! They've recently launched a limited edition version made with Guinness yeast. Check it out.
I like this version SO much better! Go Colin!
Go Vegemite, go Aussies! People who don't lik eVegemite don't know how to eat it properly. A tiny smudge on toasted white bread with heaps of margarine people!! :)
The_Enemy wrote:
You sound like you actually ate some once. yuck.
Vegemite is fantastic!!
mizcoinn wrote:
it's a vegamite sandwich...that nasty yeasty condiment that they like down there!
You sound like you actually ate some once. yuck.
It's still a good song..... ( I think)
Worse than the overplayed and now clichéd original :(
I've been really disliking his solo work, but this is a thoughtful mellow remake of the song.
ain't that the truth! i've heard that he's got a cd in the works entitled under 18. it consists of 18 versions of "down under." i can't wait! savoyard wrote:
Man, This guy is milking this song for all it's worth.
This really is a great example of how a cover should be done. Although I'm not sure if it counts as a cover if it's remade by the original artist.
handyrae wrote:
That could possibly be one of the goofiest CD covers I've ever seen! The songs not too bad though--for a cover.
If an artist covers himself, is that still a cover?
This most execellent tune is even better like this. Acoustic.
Nice gay album cover Colin - not! :lol: Nice remake of the song tho... :whistle:
Man, This guy is milking this song for all it's worth.
hmmm . . . a 7. 8 - 1 (for the album cover).
The sad part is that we know he can do it much better than this...
olsaltybastard wrote:
I had to give this a 7 based on talent alone. With all this new age Karaoke cover song crap on the radio (the remake of Supertramp is enough to make anyone vomit), this guy actually changed up his OWN song. Why not? he wrote it, Clapton changed Layla, Dylan does the Hendrix arrangement of All Along The Watchtower. Great version.
I'm going to get my band (Big Big Monkey Men - Charleston SC) to start rehearsing this version. I like it. Laid back and way groovy. Colin Hay still shows he has some tricks up his musical sleave. I give this one a 10 in my book for solid, and also nostalgic reasons.
it's a vegamite sandwich...that nasty yeasty condiment that they like down there!
That could possibly be one of the goofiest CD covers I've ever seen! The songs not too bad though--for a cover.
I had to give this a 7 based on talent alone. With all this new age Karaoke cover song crap on the radio (the remake of Supertramp is enough to make anyone vomit), this guy actually changed up his OWN song.
Yeah, I first heard and saw him on scrubs, too. Funny looking guy and great music. Remember when cox smashed his guitar. That was funny … :bounce:
When Australians spaek of the Northern Hemisphere, do they refer to it as "up over?" :doh:
ManchesterUK wrote:
This guys plays some great guitar. Saw him first on an episode of "Scrubs" (season 2, episode1 for the Scrubs geeks!). Bought 3 albums on the strength, all great.
There is a lot of other great stuff on the Scrubs soundtack too - especially the Colin Hay acoustic of Overkill. This is really cool too.
This guys plays some great guitar. Saw him first on an episode of "Scrubs" (season 2, episode1 for the Scrubs geeks!). Bought 3 albums on the strength, all great.
I likey! :dancingbanana:
This is a really great version
CCinSB wrote:
he has some crazy eyes
Not crazy, "lazy."
The guitar work in this is fantastic and very funky I didnt even really listen to him ... I was trasfixed on the guitar behind Very nice work whomever that is
Very laid back!