Colin Hay

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Colin Hay

Post  Aldebaran on Wed Feb 11, 2015 9:13 am



Voice Type: Baritone
Vocal Range: G2-D5
Associated Acts: Men At Work (1978–1986, 1996–2002); solo (1987-present); Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band (2003, 2008)

Significant high notes

  • D5 ("Upstairs In My House" (1983), "No Sign Of Yesterday" (1983), "No Restrictions" (1983))
  • C♯5 ("Who Can It Be Now?" (1981), "Underground" (1981), "I Can See It In Your Eyes" (1981), "Catch A Star" (1981), "It’s A Mistake" (1983), "Overkill" (1983), "No Restrictions" (1983))
  • C5 ("Upstairs In My House" (1983), "No Sign Of Yesterday" (1981), "People Just Love To Play With Words" (1981), "Be Good Johnny" (1981), "High Wire" (1983))
  • B4 ("Who Can It Be Now?" (1981), "Underground" (1981), "Down Under" (1981), "People Just Love To Play With Words" (1981), "Be Good Johnny" (1981), "Touching The Untouchables" (1981), "Catch A Star" (1981), "Down By The Sea" (1981), "Overkill" (1983), "Upstairs In My House" (1983), "No Sign Of Yesterday" (1983), "High Wire" (1983), "Blue For You" (1983), "No Restrictions" (1983))
  • B♭4 ("Settle Down My Boy" (1983), "No Sign Of Yesterday" (1983), "It’s A Mistake" (1983))
  • A4 ("Down Under" (1981), "Underground" (1981), "Who Can It Be Now?" (1981), "I Can See It In Your Eyes" (1981), "People Just Love To Play With Words" (1981), "Be Good Johnny" (1981), "Touching The Untouchables" (1981), "Catch A Star" (1981), "Down By The Sea" (1981), "Overkill" (1983), "Upstairs In My House" (1983), "No Sign Of Yesterday" (1983), "High Wire" (1983), "Blue For You" (1983), "No Restrictions" (1983))
  • G♯4 ("Who Can It Be Now?" (1981), "I Can See It In Your Eyes" (1981), "Touching The Untouchables" (1981), "Catch A Star" (1981), "Overkill" (1983), "It’s A Mistake" (1983), "Blue For You" (1983), "No Restrictions" (1983))
  • G4 ("Down Under" (1981), "Settle Down My Boy" (1983), "People Just Love To Play With Words" (1981), "Be Good Johnny" (1981), "Helpless Automation" (1981), "Down By The Sea" (1981), "Upstairs In My House" (1983), "No Sign Of Yesterday" (1983), "High Wire" (1983))
  • F♯4 ("Down Under" (1981), "I Can See It In Your Eyes" (1981), "Helpless Automation" (1981), "People Just Love To Play With Words" (1981), "Be Good Johnny" (1981), "Touching The Untouchables" (1981), "Dr. Heckyll and Mr. Jive" (1983), "Overkill" (1983), "It’s A Mistake" (1983), "Settle Down My Boy" (1983), "High Wire" (1983), "No Restrictions" (1983))

Significant low notes

  • D3 ("Down Under" (1981), "Underground" (1981), "No Sign Of Yesterday" (1983))
  • C♯3 ("Who Can It Be Now?" (1981), "Touching The Untouchables" (1981), "It's A Mistake" (1983), "Blue For You" (1983))
  • C3 ("No Sign Of Yesterday" (1983))
  • B2 ("Who Can It Be Now?" (1981), "Touching The Untouchables" (1981), "Dr. Heckyll and Mr. Jive" (1983), "Catch A Star" (1981), "Down By The Sea" (1981), "Overkill" (1983), "High Wire" (1983), "Blue For You" (1983))
  • A2 ("Down By The Sea" (1981), "Be Good Johnny" (1981))
  • G♯2 ("Touching The Untouchables" (1981))
  • G2 ("Be Good Johnny" (1981))

Summary: The great voice from Men At Work. Very solid highs in the upper fourth octave and in the first fifth octave notes. Probably, a light kind of baritone with some airy notes in his low register.

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*Italics marks non-sung notes.
*Purple marks notes that are in backing vocals or otherwise hard to hear.
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Re: Colin Hay

Post  Molandfreak on Wed Feb 11, 2015 9:21 am

I love his rich, soulful voice! Men At Work was a great band. Smile
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Re: Colin Hay

Post  Hopscotch on Wed Feb 11, 2015 10:25 am

Nice work! I always heard him as more of a dramatic tenor than an actual baritone though. Reminds me of a lower, heavier-sounding version of Sting.
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Re: Colin Hay

Post  Clem on Sun Aug 23, 2015 3:52 am

Wanderlust wrote:Nice work! I always heard him as more of a dramatic tenor than an actual baritone though. Reminds me of a lower, heavier-sounding version of Sting.

Agreed. His delivery and diction are particularly Sting-esque. Both are very pleasant and listenable voices. Though Colin is a little darker and naturally lower placed, I'd still consider him a tenor of sorts.
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Re: Colin Hay

Post  Clem on Sat Sep 26, 2015 8:25 am

1:45 trails down to A2 on the word "day". The B4 at 2:39 on "too deep" is noticably more sustained and less heady sounding in this version.
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Re: Colin Hay

Post  Clem on Mon Oct 19, 2015 2:07 am

Strong C5 at 3:06. His voice has held up well over the years.
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