Hawksley Workman (born Ryan Corrigan on March 4, 1975) is a Canadian rock singer-songwriter who has garnered critical acclaim for his quirky yet accessible blend of cabaret pop and glam rock. Workman has released ten full length albums throughout his career. A multi-instrumentalist, he plays guitar, drums, bass, keyboards and sings on his records and often switches between those instruments when playing live.
A prolific artist, usually writing, recording, mastering and releasing entire albums in the span of only a few weeks. He explains:
“A lot of artists I know they get a year and a half away from a record they’ve just made it’s like… ‘Oh… it’s terrible I hate that thing,’ ya know? When I record [a] record, I never take more than a day per song… so by the time the record is mixed, finished, complete, done… I’m still in a honeymoon with the record…”
In the first clip, Workman performs “Smoke Baby” live in Lille, France, 2003. It appears on the album Lover/Fighter (Universal Music Canada, 2003). Warning/Guarantee: some tasteful partial male nudity (something Dr. Sharl would appreciate, I’m sure).
The second clip is a video of “The City Is A Drag” shot in a Hamburg, Germany, parking lot on May 7, 2008, during the European Los Manlicious Tour. Directed by Sean Michael Turrell. It appears on the album Los Manlicious (Universal Music Canada, 2008.) There is something very appealing about this bare-bones approach to music video making: one need not be glamorous or flashy to be good.