This Day in Death

4.19.12: Men at Work’s Greg Ham – DEAD!

Filed under: Dead —James @ 9:15 am April 24, 2012

Well I’ll be damned. I’ll never question a stereotype’s accuracy again.

Greg Ham, saxophonist and flutist (tee hee!) for 80s pop act Men at Work, died on Thursday at his home in Melbourne. Thus concludes everything I know about Men at Work. I’ll be honest: I’ve had to check the headline of this very post three times to make sure I was supposed to be talking about Men at Work and not Men Without Hats. The 80s were stupid.

Friends discovered Ham’s body inside a front room of his house, where he lived alone, on Thursday, April 19. They let themselves in after he failed to answer the door, the Australian newspaper The Herald Sun reported, adding that he had not been in contact with them in a week.

Homicide squad Detective Senior Sergeant Shane O’Connell told the newspaper there were a series of “unexplained issues” surrounding the death and no suspect has been identified.

“Somebody may’ve murdered a 58-year-old saxophone player from a band that hasn’t had a hit in nearly 30 years? That seems unbelievably arbitrary,” said anyone who lives in a country that wasn’t founded as a penal colony.

Men At Work broke up in 1985, while Ham and lead singer Colin Hay reunited in the 1990s. Ham had worked as a music teacher in his final years.

“We played in a band and conquered the world together,” Hay told The Herald Sun.

Alright, let’s, uh… let’s not go nuts here. I’m not trying to be callous about this, lord knows that a good skronky sax solo has changed my life for the better on more than one occasion, but metaphorically “conquering the world” for a little while in the 1980s is kinda like beating the Washington Generals. Yeah, there’s some opposition but everyone knows nothing’s actually at stake. Moreover, I’ve never met anyone who would dispute that the second line of the chorus of “Down Under” is “duh duh duh, duh duh duh and PLUN-DERRR!!” Needs more skronk!


Source: On the Red Carpet (I don’t know what it is, either.)

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