Men At Work frontman Colin Hay has slammed South Australian senator Cory Bernardi’s attempt to start his own Hottest 100 playlist.
Senator Bernardi, who leads the Australian Conservatives Party, is asking people to vote in what he has termed an “alternate Hottest 100”, following triple j’s decision to change the date of its annual music poll from Australia Day.
But Hay, whose song Down Under is first on Senator Bernardi’s Spotify list, said the meaning of his song had been hijacked by the politician’s poll.
“It would appear that the true meaning behind Down Under is lost on Mr Bernardi,” he said.
“When the lyrics were written some 40 years ago, I was worried about people like him, and movements he represents. Turns out I had good reason to be.”
Hay’s hit track Down Under reached number one on the Australian, US and UK Charts. He urged Senator Bernardi to reconsider his party’s poll.
“May I suggest Mr Bernardi, if you haven’t already, dabbling in some light hallucinogens. Wander into a field, and sit in front of a tree, and look at it, really study it, at a molecular level,” he said.
“It may not change your conservative views, but it may make you realise you’re not quite as important as you think you are.”
A number of musicians included in the list have protested against the playlist, including Savage Garden’s Darren Hayes, Jimmy Barnes, Powderfinger and the Hilltop Hoods.
Why would you listen to anything @corybernardi says, especially about music?
— Jimmy Barnes (@JimmyBarnes) January 18, 2018
Hi @CoryBernadi and @AuConservatives. I do not want to be associated with you, your party or your views. Remove my music from this stunt or expect contact from my publisher @SonyATV https://t.co/fBmVisypLz
— Darren Hayes (@darrenhayes) January 17, 2018
Powderfinger do not support @AuConservatives or Sen @corybernardi 's Australia Day Countdown. Like fellow musicians @darrenhayes and @hilltophood, we do not endorse our inclusion in @corybernardi's playlist and would like our music removed. cont
— Powderfinger (@powderfinger_au) January 18, 2018
But Senator Bernardi is unapologetic and claimed the outrage would only lead more people to participate in his poll.
“I suspect a great many more people have voted in the poll, and will listen to it, because of the outrage the industry that have attached themselves to it,” he told 7.30.
The AC100 Top 10
- Down Under – Men At Work
- Khe Sanh – Cold Chisel
- You’re The Voice – John Farnham
- Great Southern Land – Icehouse
- I Still Call Australia Home – Peter Allen
- I Am Australian – Judith Durham, Russell Hitchcock & M Yunupingu
- Solid Rock – Goanna
- A Pub With No Beer – Slim Dusty
- The Boys Light Up – Australian Crawl
- C’mon Aussie C’mon – Let The Music Play
“It’s preposterous they [musicians] draw attention to something they pretend they don’t want to endorse.
“This is the modern take on politics, that you have to be tolerant of everyone else’s ideas unless you disagree with them.”
The senator said he did not mind the criticism from those in the industry.
“They may not like my politics, I don’t like their politics. That’s OK,” he said.
“I can still recognise their artistic talent and artistic craft and most Australians have no place, or don’t have any time for moral lectures or virtue-signalling from people in an industry that has a very chequered history.”