Col­in Hay Pho­to by Sebas­t­ian Smith Col­in Hay’s career is a rar­i­ty. As the singer and chief song­writer for at Work, the Aus­tralian band that burst onto the scene 182 with a debut album that spawned two icon­ic mega hits (“Down Under” and “ Can Be Now?”), he and his band­mates looked to be poised for mas­sive and long-term suc­cess. The band, how­ev­er, seemed to fall apart just as quick­ly as its mem­bers became stars. Before the decade was over, Hay was left with­out a band, major label or even a fan base. What he did next — pre-Inter­net no less — was almost ground­break­ing. He sim­ply began to play solo small venues, and over the years built a small but loy­al (and often well-con­nect­ed) fan base. Throw some mas­sive TV and film place­ments and Hay, who just turned 64, is rid­ing a career high. As pop­u­lar as he’s ever been and with a tremen­dous new record, Fierce Mer­cy , he’s far the nos­tal­gia act that many of his con­tem­po­raries have become. The Reporter caught up with the long­time L.A.-based singer/​songwriter to talk his curi­ous career. You’re get­ting ready to play the […]

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