Song Premiere: Colin Hay, "Waterloo Sunset"

Song Premiere: Colin Hay, "Waterloo Sunset"

By Chris Steffen

Jul. 12, 2021

Many of us retreated to our comfort foods during the pandemic, from favorite movies to dog-eared paperbacks to classic albums. Men at Work frontman and solo artist Colin Hay made a whole album out of his musical comfort foods on I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself, which features covers from the Beatles, Dusty Springfield, Faces, and Jimmy Cliff. We're sharing his take on the Kinks' "Waterloo Sunset," which closes their enduring 1967 album Something Else.

"'Waterloo Sunset' is brilliance on so many levels," Hay wrote in an email. "It stalks the boards of vaudeville halls of Britain, it talks of the exquisite beauty of home. It introduces us to Terry and Julie, two people who remain in our eternal consciousness. A sublime melody, one of the greatest guitar lines ever, a perfect pop song. Whenever I listen to it, or play it, it creates an ache in my heart, for family I loved and lost, and for a time forever unforgotten. It was nothing but joy to be able to record a version of one of the greatest songs ever written.”

I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself is out August 6 on Compass Records and can be preordered here.

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