Looking for Jack
Colin James Hay
1987: CBS/Columbia CK 40611
Colin was/is the lead singer of Men At Work, and with Be Good Johnny his voice got stuck in my head for the rest of my life, that last wailing fillip wrapping around my brain stem like the balrogs whip around Gandalfs foot. OK, I cannot believe I just wrote that last phrase. My god, have I no shame? I should be writing for Rolling Stone if Im gonna get that silly. After all, I already know how to use the words oeuvre, eponymous, hard-hitting, and gritty. Sheesh. Well anyway, I first heard this albums title song on the sadly short-lived Seattle radio station KEZX around 1990 and said wow, I know that voice and I LIKE its new setting. So I hunted down the vinyl, then years later found a CD copy of the album too. The fact that its scarce is scandalous. Its a very good album, not great perhaps, except in spots, but its a very nice snapshot of a moment in Hays musical journeying.
Comments © 2005 Mark Ellis Walker, except as noted, and no claim is made to the images and quoted lyrics.