Colin Hay has announced the release of a new studio album featuring some of his favourite covers. The album, titled I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself after the Hal David/Burt Bacharach song of the same name, will feature the former Men at Work frontman taking on classic songs from The Beatles, The Kinks, Jimmy Cliff, and Glen Campbell.
The album’s origins began when Hay heard the news of Gerry Marsden’s death earlier this year. In turn, Hay quickly found himself strumming the chords to the Gerry and the Pacemakers’ 1964 hit ‘Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying’. When he shared the results with longtime collaborator Chad Fischer, the producer recommended expanding Hay’s impromptu performance into an entire covers album.
The first preview of the new LP comes in the form of Hay’s take on The Faces ‘Ooh La La’. The singer retains the rough and ragged vocal stylings of Ronnie Wood from the original recording, adding a rollicking backbeat to accentuate the song’s jaunty rhythm. Hay, as a thoroughly experienced musician nearing his 70th year, brings an added sense of weight and wisdom while taking on the “grandad” role of the song’s final verse.
Hay will be touring around America in support of the new LP, including stops on both coasts. Check out the dates, plus the tracklisting for I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself, down below. Listen to Hay’s take on The Faces ‘Ooh La La’ down below as well.
I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself will be released on August 13.
I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself tracklisting:
1. I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself (Burt Bacharach/Hal David)
2. Waterloo Sunset (Ray Davies)
3. Wichita Lineman (Jimmy Webb)
4. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
5. Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying (Gerard Marsden/Fred Marsden, Les Chadwick, Leo Mcguire)
6. Ooh La La (Ronnie Lane/Ron Wood)
7. Driving With The Brakes On (Justin Currie)
8. Across the Universe (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
9. Can’t Find My Way Home (Stevie Winwood)
10. Many Rivers to Cross (Jimmy Cliff)
Colin Hay 2021 tour dates:
- Wed, 8/04 Cape Cod Melody Tent – Hyannis, MA
- Thu, 8/05 South Shore Music Circus – Cohasset, MA
- Fri, 8/06 Blue Ocean Music Hall – Salisbury, MA
- Sat, 8/07 Boarding House Park – Lowell, MA
- Sun, 8/08 Point of the Bluff Vineyards – Hammondsport, NY
- Tue, 8/10 Ocean City Music Pier – Ocean City, NJ
- Wed, 8/11 Wind Creek Steel Stage at PNC Plaza – Bethlehem, PA
- Fri, 8/13 Ridgefield Playhouse – Ridgefield, CT
- Sat, 8/14 City Winery – New York, NY
- Sun, 8/15 City Winery – New York, NY
- Tue, 8/17 Birchmere – Alexandria, VA
- Wed, 8/18 Birchmere – Alexandria, VA
- Thu, 8/19 Mcglohan Theater – Charlotte, NC
- Fri, 8/20 City Winery – Atlanta, GA
- Sat, 8/21 The Caverns – Pelham, TN
- Thu, 8/26 Frederik Meijer Gardens – Grand Rapids, MI
- Sat, 8/28 Big Top Chautauqua – Washburn, WI
- Sun, 8/29 Park West – Chicago, IL
- Wed, 9/01 Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities- Arvada, CO
- Thu, 9/02 Red Butte Garden – Salt Lake City, UT
- Sat, 9/11 BeachLife Festival 2021 – Redondo Beach, CA