Men At Work Singer Very Serious When Asking, “Who Can It Be Now?”

Ron Strykert, one of the founding members of the saxtastic Australian band Men At Work, was arrested last Friday on a charge of making criminal threats… against Men At Work singer Colin Hay.

Strykert threatened to kill Hay in December 2007, according to the LA County district attorney’s office, and a bench warrant was issued after he skipped an arraignment on the charges last May. There’s been some bad blood between the two for a while; Strykert left the band in 1985, and his MySpace page reveals some long-standing animosity toward his former lead singer:

With Regards to a Men at Work reunion it will not happen and I have strong reasons for this..Colin Hay was part of a situation with CBS Sony Records NY NY and also along with our manager back then when Colin did a solo album Looking For Jack CBS gave him $ 400.000 to make it as they do to help you make a CD album. The record didnt sell much it wasn’t that good and so CBS wanted the $400.000 back or most of it, so they got that money back from the rest of the Men At Work royalties sales which they legally should not do but Colin and manager helped legally for this to happen or helped in some way back in ’84-’85. So then now legally its too old to go back and make a court case about it and costs alot. My share could have been say from $300.000 one sixth share or so $50,000. Maybe Colin would like to pay me back now just to be a good guy. Sadly at this time I have no respect for Colin Hay.


Men at Work guitarist threatened to kill singer, police say [LAT; HT Ned Raggett]
Men At Work – Who Can It Be Now [Dailymotion]

  • Anonymous

    Reports state that instead of paying Strykert his $50,000, Colin Hay just smiled and gave him a vegemite sandwich.

  • Lucas Jensen

    Sounds like “Overkill” to me. Yuck, yuck.

    Great song.

  • Al Shipley

    @owenmeany: loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool

  • Ned Raggett

    The story’s been updated a bit:

    Updated, 10:21 a.m.: Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said today that Strykert made the threat over the phone from his residence in Bozeman, Mont. Whitmore said sheriff’s officials sent Strykert a letter in April, ordering him to appear in Malibu court, but the guitarist never showed up for his May 30 arraignment on misdemeanor charges of making criminal threats.

    Updated 10:30 a.m.: Strykert denied making the threat, Whitmore said, and Hay told investigators he did not believe the guitarist would carry out the threat.

  • Psicosis

    I want to side with Hay, but after the stunt he pulled here in Australia leading up to the New Year’s Eve 2000 I find it hard to do. I wouldn’t be shocked if what Strykert is saying is true, even if he seems a tad nutty.

  • jasonelias

    I guess Strykert wanted to put Colin Down Under.

  • NeverEnough

    @Psicosis: What happened?

  • Anonymous

    really weird – i was jonesin’ for ‘down by the sea’ the other days, and “business as usual” is on my record player right now.

  • Tim Furnier

    It’s a shame that this happened. It sounds like one of those things we all say, but we never mean them. It saddens me because Men At Work was one of the TRULY great bands to come out of the eighties (most stuff from then massively SUCKED). I liked what I heard of some solo stuff, but none of it was as good as MAW. Their progressive sound was tremendous, and their pop singles were silly, yet stylish. I remain hopeful of a reunion, tour, and an album. Please make this happen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Graziella Barile

    I think this: if Ron wants justice about money and copyright,he’s in the right. For me,Ron is a wonderful man and must be a reason to his behaviour. He’s an intelligent and talented boy,so we must respect him. Excuse eventual mistakes,but I write from Italy. Anyhow,I hope in a future band’s reunion,to play all together again.

  • Graziella Barile

    I strongly defend Strykert,because I hold him in high esteem. He’s an intelligent man and a great artist…..Excellent guitarist,his scowling face makes him very original. I don’t believe in a Men at Work’s reunion,even if I should like it.

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