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Oz Rock Shock - Men At Work Star, Greg Ham, found dead at home.

 
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Rock in Peace Greg Ham....

From news.com.au ( [link to www.news.com.au] )
- breaking news -

Greg Ham, the flautist from iconic Australian band Men At Work, has been found dead in his Melbourne home, according to media reports.

The news broke this afternoon with Derryn Hinch (3aw) and Ben Fordham all reporting that the man famouse for that Down Under riff had died..

<snip>

"Police have established a crime scene, and the local crime investigation unit are attempting to determine a cause of death" a spokeswoman said.

Ham, 58, was an integeral member of the hugely popular Men At Work, fronted by Colin Hay.

The pop-reggae band dominated the early 1980's, when they released one of Australia's most beloved classis, Down Under.

<snip>

Melbourne man Ham leaves behind two children, and a career that also included an acting stint on While you're down there.


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So sad. I grew up through my teens with this band. Didn't buy their album, but had it taped for me by a friend (on tdk, of course ; ) and almost wore the tape out. Have seen Men At Work a few times liVe in the 80's.

Sorry for you loss today America, with the passing of Dick Clark from American Bandstand. I study Australian, American and English rock history, so understand who he was, and his value to the American music industry.

always watching, and wondering...

stay safe.
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Traveling in a fried-out combie
On a hippie trail, head full of zombie
I met a strange lady, she made me nervous
She took me in and gave me breakfast
And she said,

"Do you come from a land down under?
Where women glow and men plunder?
Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder?
You better run, you better take cover."

Buying bread from a man in Brussels
He was six foot four and full of muscles
I said, "Do you speak-a my language?"
He just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich
And he said,

"I come from a land down under
Where beer does flow and men chunder
Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder?
You better run, you better take cover."

Lying in a den in Bombay
With a slack jaw, and not much to say
I said to the man, "Are you trying to tempt me
Because I come from the land of plenty?"
And he said,

"Oh! Do you come from a land down under? (oh yeah yeah)
Where women glow and men plunder?
Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder?
You better run, you better take cover."
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My mum said she heard the news on the radio late this afternoon, and told me that ("you, know, that australian rock man", "oh which one mum? molly meldrum?" "noo".. "richard wilkens?" "noo, you know, that australian rock man".. "ohhh.. you mean Glenn A Baker, the rock brain of the universe?" "yes, him") .. found his body while visiting him. No one had heard or had contact with Greg for a few days.

Waiting for futher media reports to confirm the story and cause of death etc.

Men At Work were successfully sued a few years back because THAT famous flute riff from down under plagerised the aussie childhood song kookaburra sits in the old gum tree. Personally, I know both songs very well, and although it sound vaguely like the trill of kookaburra, it wasn't really like it, but because it was sort of like it, they lost the case.

wondering, always watching

stay safe ; )
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Traveling in a fried-out combie
On a hippie trail, head full of zombie
I met a strange lady, she made me nervous
She took me in and gave me breakfast
And she said,

"Do you come from a land down under?
Where women glow and men plunder?
Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder?
You better run, you better take cover."

Buying bread from a man in Brussels
He was six foot four and full of muscles
I said, "Do you speak-a my language?"
He just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich
And he said,

"I come from a land down under
Where beer does flow and men chunder
Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder?
You better run, you better take cover."

Lying in a den in Bombay
With a slack jaw, and not much to say
I said to the man, "Are you trying to tempt me
Because I come from the land of plenty?"
And he said,

"Oh! Do you come from a land down under? (oh yeah yeah)
Where women glow and men plunder?
Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder?
You better run, you better take cover."
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 Quoting: Tauranga



THAT is the song, down under. Chunder, btw, is aussie slang for spew (again, aussie slang for throw up, be sick, vomit ; )) and a vegemite sandwich is OURS and ours alone!!

The whole album was amaZing, with other hits such as Be Good Johnny.. ("are you going to play cricket this year johnny?" "nah" "oh, well you must be going to play football then this year are you johnny?" "nah, nah, nah". "Well, you sure are a funny kid johnny, but I like you. So tell me what kind of boy are you?" I only like dreaming all the day long, when no one is screaming. Be good, be good, Be good, Be good, Be good, Be good.. johnny. : )

wondering and watching..

stay safe ; )
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update on this breaking news...

from news.com.au ( [link to www.news.com.au] )

"There are a number of unexplained aspects to it which has caused our attendance here today, and we're assisting the local detectives to determine what has occurred," homicide squad Detective Senior Sergeant Shane O'Connell told reporters.

A post-mortem examination will be held to determine the cause of death.

"At this point in time, because of the early stages of our investigation, we're not prepared to go into the exact details of what has occurred," Det Sen Sgt O'Connell said.

A friend went to check on Ham this morning after not being able to get in contact with him for the past week, leaving when no one answered the door. He later returned with another friend and they found the body.

Ham lived by himself at the home.

<snip>

Men at Work achieved international fame in the 1980s but Ham feared he'd end up being remembered mostly for the copyright dispute over the flute riff in their 80s hit Down Under.

A court in 2010 found the riff was unmistakably the same as Kookaburra, penned by Toorak teacher Marion Sinclair more than 75 years ago for a Girl Guides competition.

The decision left Ham shattered.

"It has destroyed so much of my song," he told Fairfax at the time.

"It will be the way the song is remembered and I hate that. I'm terribly disappointed that that's the way I'm going to be remembered - for copying something."

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watching and wondering, always...

I just personally came back from a dark road through major depression and suicide attempts over the last 14 months. so sad : <

stay safe!
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04/19/2012 04:25 AM
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Wack.


Thread: PREDICTION ALERT: A famous person in the music business will die within the next 48 hours
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but Dick Clark, the oldest teenager (had a good friend who used to call me that through my 30's.. lol) died too. You didn't specify which country. Double Wack?

And when you grow up loving a band and it's music, it is like a Wack in the guts when you loose them.

stay safe!

watching, wondering as always.
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Rock in Peace Greg Ham....

From news.com.au ( [link to www.news.com.au] )
- breaking news -

Greg Ham, the flautist from iconic Australian band Men At Work, has been found dead in his Melbourne home, according to media reports.

The news broke this afternoon with Derryn Hinch (3aw) and Ben Fordham all reporting that the man famouse for that Down Under riff had died..

<snip>

"Police have established a crime scene, and the local crime investigation unit are attempting to determine a cause of death" a spokeswoman said.

Ham, 58, was an integeral member of the hugely popular Men At Work, fronted by Colin Hay.

The pop-reggae band dominated the early 1980's, when they released one of Australia's most beloved classis, Down Under.

<snip>

Melbourne man Ham leaves behind two children, and a career that also included an acting stint on While you're down there.


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So sad. I grew up through my teens with this band. Didn't buy their album, but had it taped for me by a friend (on tdk, of course ; ) and almost wore the tape out. Have seen Men At Work a few times liVe in the 80's.

Sorry for you loss today America, with the passing of Dick Clark from American Bandstand. I study Australian, American and English rock history, so understand who he was, and his value to the American music industry.

always watching, and wondering...

stay safe.
 Quoting: netta



"pop-reggae" lolol
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Wow, I didn't know the story behind the Kookaburra riff OP. Great band. Sad to hear the loss. R.I.P Greg Ham.



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Better than being found dead at work
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Rest in Peace Greg. I don't care where the rift came from, you played it beautifully. Thanks for the music.


peace

hf
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Rest in Peace Greg. I don't care where the rift came from, you played it beautifully. Thanks for the music.


peace

hf
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THIS^^^^^

Plagiarize...bullshit!

peace
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sadly, a fb music industy friend has just put a status update saying that the long time ex owner of 8 mile high records (in melbourne), steve thompson, was found dead today, also by his own hand.

"A cool guy, loved the Powdermonkeys and the Detroit sound. Had a great store, where I bought many great records. You will be missed." (via neil wedd)

Rock in peace Steve.

Another great Aussie rock icon that has died with the black dog. Joining the list, playing in Rock n Roll Heaven with Michael Hutchenson (inXs), Paul Hester (Deckchairs overboard and Crowded House) and James Freud (the models).

watching, wondering always.

stay safe ; )
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04/19/2012 06:28 AM
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sadly, thank you for the karma point and 5 stars! not a happy way to earn it.

hf

I usually put threads about equakes, specially ones close to oZ. But, my music heart and soul is mouring tonight, so I had to share the now 3 music losses this day ; <
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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 6248700


This was, as I said, a brillian album. Every song was special..

Is it the man come to take me away? Why do they follow me. It's not the future that I can't see. It's just my fantasy!

Who can it be now??

always rocking on, and wondering.. lol..

They had another album after this, Cargo, the major hit was It's a mistake, but they were neVer as big or popular as with their first album, and a few years later drifted away. Colin Hay continued in the music industry, as did Greg Ham, in their own ways. Greg also played the sax and keyboards for the band, as well as the flute, btw ; )

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bump

because it's been a busy day at the velvet rope in rock and roll heaven.

hf
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Its a mistake
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"Oz Rock Shock"

Ugh.
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"Oz Rock Shock"

Ugh.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 5266997


I agree, the headline was Ugh. That's what I first thought, culture cringe stuff, but that was the breaking news story headline on news.com.au.

It was a shock because friends had to break in and find him, and police are still investigating the scene. It was also a shock, because it was uneXpected. And Oz, hmm.. I've always liked our claim to Oz. (from aussie, ozzie, oz ; ))

sounds like something the "truth" would have put out. Still, very sad that we've lost another aussie rock legend to that black dog.

rock on, wondering, watching, always ; )

stay safe ;)
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58 is too young :(

RIP
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I went to see them in concert in 82.

Good times.
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